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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 to 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.

Crickets or Dubia for Bearded Dragons

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.

Crickets Pro's and Con's
Not roaches (which creep some people out)
Don't immediately hide/bury themselves
Have a softer shell
Smell bad
Chirp and make sounds
Jump and escape more easily
More difficult to breed
Get dirty easily and can carry parasites
Dubia Roach Pro's and Cons
Dubia are quiet
Dubia do not jump and rarely escape
Dubia generally do not develop a bad odor
Have a longer lifespan than crickets
Are clean and don't carry parasites
Very easy to breed
Have a longer lifespan than crickets
Quickly hide from reptiles making them easier for dragons to find
Take longer to sort by size for feeding
Their hard shells are difficult to dust with vitamins
They are roaches, which bother a lot of people

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 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 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.

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