The bearded dragon, although ragingly popular among pet owners in the U.S., is still considered an exotic pet.
The most common species of bearded dragon you will find in the pet industry is the Inland Bearded Dragon or better known as the Yellow-Bearded Dragon.
The bearded dragon’s diet is as exotic as he is and it is vital to keep this dragon healthy.
So, what do Bearded Dragons eats?
Bearded dragons are omnivores, meaning they need a proper balance of meat, vegetables and fruits. Normally, the bearded dragon’s diet consists of non-citrus fruits, insects and vegetables.
A juvenile between the ages of 2-4 months will have a diet consisting of approximately 20% greens and 80% insects.
Whereas, an adult dragons diet will consist of 80% greens and 20% insects.
If your dragon in an adult, the meat in your dragon’s diet can be pinkies aka baby mice or insects such as:
- King Worms
- Wax Worms
When feeding your bearded dragon insects you must make sure the bug is not too big. A good rule of thumb is at if the bug is longer than the space in between the dragons eyes, it is too big.
Never feed your bearded dragon insects you find around your home. Household bugs can have pesticides on them or be infested with parasites, which can be dangerous to your pet’s health.
There are over 50 types of vegetables that are safe for your bearded dragon to consume, but these are the most common:
- Raw yams
- Peeled Cucumber
- Butternut squash
- Raw asparagus
- Yellow squash
- Turnip greens
- Mustard greens
- Collard greens
- Bok Choy
- Artichoke heart
- Raw Zucchini
- Spaghetti squash
- Cooked lentils
- Raw cabbage
- Raw Bell Peppers
- Acorn squash
Your adult dragon’s diet is mainly vegetation, 80% of it, in fact, so encourage your pet to eat all of his vegetables by tearing them up in his dish.
Bearded dragons also eat fruit. The following are safe fruits your dragon can eat:
Citrus fruits cannot be digested by the bearded dragon and should be avoided.
Bearded dragons can also feed on leafy vegetation. Safe plants for you to feed your pet include:
- Fresh Rosemary
- Mint Leaves
- Day Lilies
- Fresh Thyme
- Rose Petals
- Maple leaves
- Dandelion greens
Feeding your pet bearded dragon is not as complicated as it may sound.
Always purchase your feeding supplies from a trusted supplier.
Never feed your pet any vegetables, fruits, plants or meat products that might have been sprayed with pesticides.
If you ever have any questions about your dragon’s nutritional needs, talk to your veterinarian.