Food and Feeding

Feeding

Bearded dragons are omnivorous and should feed on both a vegetation (Vegtables and fruit) and protein diet (livefood). We feed our dragons crickets, dubia roaches, superworms and a salad mixture. Never feed your dragon too large of a prey item. We suggest feeding prey no larger than the size of the space between your bearded dragons’ eyes.

When feeding crickets, make sure your source of crickets is clean. You may gutload your crickets with commercial cricket food and/or we suggest offering your crickets fresh fruit, greens, and water. Remove all old food from your cricket container. Mold can be toxic to your lizards. We suggest using a moistened paper towel/sponge, citrus, or carrots to provide water for your crickets. Water gels are good too but do not put a water dish as the crickets will drown.

I don’t feed my dragons pinky mice. That is my personal preference. Please be careful not to feed your dragons too much fatty foods at it can cause liver problems which can also occur in conjunction with metabolic disorders like Diabetes.

Fruit is also good but I do not feed mine that as sometimes they like it and sometimes they don’t at first. I did have good luck with blueberries but check out what is good for them as some things are not.

Live food

Insects and worms: You can use dubia roaches, crickets, silkworms & superworms. There are other types of insects and worms but this is what we use.

Salads & Greens

Recommended Salads/greens: Dandelion Greens including the flowers, Bok Choy, Red curley lettuce, green curley lettuce, Parsley, Collard Greens, Escarole, Kale (small amount only), Mustard Greens, Swiss Chard and Turnip Greens. Do not use iceberg lettuce or the white part on romaine as it has no nutritional value.

Supplementation

There are many different and often contradictory opinions/views on supplementation. I use Calcium powder with Vitamin D which helps to absorb the calcium especially if your dragons are under UV lights only. However, supplementation will depend on what you feed your dragons, the bulbs you use, and how much natural sun they receive.

How We Feed Our Dragons

We feed all of our hatchlings a minimum of two times a day to ensure optimum growth and health. As dragons get older, their appetite will decrease. For adult dragons, you can offer greens daily and crickets or worms 3-4 times per week. As dragons get older in age, you may decrease the amount of protein offered.

I do not use vitamin supplements as I feel if you feed them good variety of greens you don’t need them as they are packed with vitamins but I do use calcium powder on all my crickets before feeding them to my dragons, especially the hatchlings. I will put some on the greens for the hatchlings but sometimes I see that they don’t want to eat it so it has to be mixed in good. They eat at least 100 crickets each a day when a hatchling so if you dust with calcium they should get enough. When your dragons get older they do not need as much so a few times a week on their food is good. Just make sure your UV bulbs are good.

Keeping Your Dragons Clean

I bathe my hatchlings every day until the age of 4 months and then every other day up to 8 months. The adults I bathe at least once a week but also will mist them with water to keep them hydrated. Make sure the water is warn not hot and do not leave hatchlings unattended as they will drown. I keep an eye on all my dragons when in the water and make sure they can’t get out as they will try. Usually they will go to the bathroom in the water which helps to keep the cages clean. I use tap water. If misting your dragons be careful not to raise the humidity too much as bearded dragons like their cages dry.