What Do Bearded Dragons Eat

What do bearded dragons eat Even though bearded dragons have exploded in popularity over the past few years, they are still considered and exotic pet and have very specific diets. So what exactly can a bearded dragon eat? This page will go over everything you need to know about feeding your bearded dragon.

Bearded Dragon Diets

Bearded dragons are omnivores, meaning that they eat both plants and animals. Generally when bearded dragons are very young, they eat 80% bugs and 20% plants, however sometimes people have trouble getting their dragons to eat any vegetables at all when they are young. Adult bearded dragons are nearly the exact opposite and their diet will consist of 80% plants and 20% bugs and insects.

What Bugs and Insects Do Bearded Dragons Eat

Bearded dragons will eat just about any insect that moves, however it is up to their owner to make sure that they only eat safe bugs. Below is a list of the most common bugs that owners will feed their bearded dragons:
  • Butter worms
  • Cockroaches
  • Crickets
  • Earthworms
  • Hornworms
  • King worms
  • Mealworms
  • Phoenix worms
  • Roaches
  • Silkworms
  • Superworms
  • Wax worms

You should never feed your bearded dragon bugs that you have found in your house or property because those bugs could contain parasites and/or pesticides that may cause negative health effects on bearded dragons.

Should You Buy Crickets or Dubia Roaches

Two of the most common feeder insects for bearded dragons are dubia roaches and crickets. While both crickets and dubia roaches are considered healthy for bearded dragons, each insect has its own pro's and con's, which can make it a bit difficult for beardie owners to choose the right insect for their needs. We have created a list of the pro's and con's for both crickets and dubia roaches below so you can better determine the best feeder insect for your needs.
  • Cricket Pro's
  • They aren't roaches (which creep some people out)
  • Don't immediately hide/bury themselves
  • Have a softer shell
  • Cricket Con's
  • Smell bad
  • Chirp and make sounds
  • Jump and can escape easier
  • Are more difficult to breed
  • Get dirty easily and can carry parasites
  • Dubia Roach Pro's
  • Are quiet
  • Can't jump and rarely escape
  • Don't smell bad
  • Have a longer lifespan than crickets
  • Are very clean and don't carry parasites
  • Extremely easy to breed
  • Are more resilient and live longer than crickets
  • Dubia Roach Con's
  • They will hide/stand still making it more difficult for reptiles to spot them
  • Takes longer to sort them by size before feeding
  • Their hard shell makes dusting them more challenging than crickets
  • They are roaches, which creep some people out
The Bottom Line - Both crickets and dubia roaches are healthy for bearded dragons and other reptiles that eat insects. If you're looking for the best insect for your reptile, we recommend dubia roaches because they are less likely to carry parasites and have twice the protein crickets do. However, reptiles can be picky eaters and some beardies prefer crickets over dubias and vice versa so experimenting with both may be helpful if your beardie is a picky eater.
Dubia Roaches

What Vegetables Do Bearded Dragons Eat

There are many vegetables that are safe for bearded dragons to eat. In fact, we have a list of over 50 safe vegetables to feed your bearded dragon on our bearded dragon diet See the complete list of safe foods that bearded dragons can eat. page. Below is a list of the most common staple vegetables that you can feed your bearded dragon every day:
  • Acorn squash
  • Artichoke Heart
  • Asparagus (Raw)
  • Bell Peppers (Raw)
  • Bok choy
  • Butternut squash
  • Cabbage (Raw)
  • Carrots
  • Celery
  • Chicory
  • Collard greens
  • Cucumber (Peeled)
  • Lentils (Cooked)
  • Endive
  • Kale
  • Kohlrabi
  • Mustard greens
  • Okra (Raw)
  • Parsnips
  • Pumpkins
  • Radicchio
  • Spaghetti squash
  • Turnip greens
  • Yams (Raw)
  • Zucchini (Raw)
  • Yellow squash

What Fruits Do Bearded Dragons Eat

Besides plants and insects, bearded dragons will also eat fruit. The following list of fruit is safe for you to feed your bearded dragon. For a much larger list of safe fruit please visit our bearded dragon diet See the complete list of safe foods that bearded dragons can eat. page.

  • Apples
  • Apricot
  • Blackberries
  • Blueberries
  • Chayote
  • Cherries
  • Cranberries
  • Figs
  • Grapes
  • Grapefruit
  • Guava
  • Mangos
  • Melons
  • Nectarine
  • Papayas
  • Peaches
  • Pears
  • Pineapple
  • Plum
  • Prunes
  • Raisins
  • Strawberries
  • Watermelon

Warnings About Feeding Bearded Dragons

Bearded dragons can sometimes accidentally ingest the substrate around the food they're eating. Because of this, it is not recommended to feed smaller bearded dragons in tanks with loose substrate. Usually older bearded dragons are more accurate with eating and have an easier time dealing with the little substrate they may occasionally ingest, however you will need to keep this in mind with younger bearded dragons.

Bearded Dragon Diet
Feeding Bearded Dragons
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