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Feeding Bearded Dragons

Dietary Information Related To Bearded Dragons

Green Leafy Vegetables

Green Leafy Vegetables

Daily Greens

The greens listed below are ideal foods that can be offered daily. One or more of these greens should be added to each salad you offer to your bearded dragon. Rotating through these greens will help offer your dragon a varied diet. A varied diet will ensure you are offering as many nutrients to your dragon as you can and will help deter your dragon from becoming a picky eater.

  • Collard Greens
  • Dandelion Greens
  • Endive
  • Escarole
  • Mustard Greens
  • Turnip Greens
  • Watercress

Occasional Greens

The following greens should be offered no more than 2 times per week. These greens have a composition that may be high in phosphorus, low in calcium or they may contain goitrogens or high oxalates. Restricting the consumption of these foods will allow their beneficial parts to be eaten while not allowing the negative parts to consume the diet.

  • Arugula
  • Chard
  • Cilantro
  • Kale
  • Parsley
  • Spinach

Avoided Greens

The following greens should be avoided and never offered to your bearded dragon as they contain dangerous levels of goitrogens, oxalates or simply contain very little nutrition. With the better options above, there is no justifiable reason to purchase these items for your bearded dragon.

  • Bok Choy
  • Butterhead - Boston Lettuce
  • Cabbage
  • Green Leaf Lettuce
  • Iceberg Lettuce
  • Red Leaf Lettuce
  • Romaine Lettuce

Greens Nutritional Content

Additional information on the greens listed above can be found here:

Greens Nutritional Content

Mixed Vegetables

Mixed Vegetables

Daily Vegetables

The vegetables listed below are ideal foods that can be offered daily. One or more of these vegetables can be added to each salad you offer to your bearded dragon. Rotating through these veggies will help offer your dragon a more diverse diet. Squashes are best offered shredded while other vegetables can be finely chopped.

  • Acorn Squash
  • Butternut Squash
  • Green - String Beans (raw)
  • Kabocha Squash
  • Parsnip

Occasional Vegetables

The following vegetables should be limited to 2-3 times per week. In moderation the following vegetables make wonderful additions to your bearded dragons salad. These vegetables should be shredded or finely chopped.

Note: All vegetables should be raw unless otherwise noted.

  • Asparagus
  • Broccoli
  • Carrots
  • Celery
  • Cauliflower
  • Green Peppers
  • Red Peppers
  • Spaghetti Squash
  • Yams
  • Yellow Peppers

Avoided Vegetables

The following vegetables should be avoided and never offered to your bearded dragon as they contain very little nutrition or are listed as being toxic when consumed.

  • Avocado
  • Corn
  • Rhubarb

Vegetable Nutritional Content

Additional information on the vegetables listed above can be found here:

Vegetable Nutritional Content

Fruit

Occasional Fruits

Daily Fruits

Fruit should not be offered daily as many of them are low in calcium, high in phosphorus and are simply a combination of water and sugars. Limit the amount of fruit eaten to 2-3 times per week.
!! None Daily !!

Occasional Fruits

The following fruits should be limited to 2-3 times per week. In moderation the following fruits make wonderful additions to your bearded dragons salad. Fresh fruit offers trace vitamins and minerals, water, and a splash of color and taste.
All seeds should be removed from fruits being offered and peeled when a skin is present. Fruits should be shredded or finely chopped.

Note: Avoid using canned fruits as they are often placed in syrup or sugar water.

  • Apples
  • Bananas
  • Blueberries
  • Cantaloupe (no rind)
  • Figs (raw or dried)
  • Honeydew Melon (no rind)
  • Kiwi
  • Mango
  • Papaya
  • Peaches
  • Pears
  • Pumpkin
  • Raspberries
  • Strawberries
  • Watermelon

Avoided Fruits

The following fruits should be avoided do to their high acidic content. Choose fruits from the green and yellow areas respectively.

  • Grapefruit
  • Lemon
  • Lime
  • Orange
  • Pineapple
  • Tomato

Fruit Nutritional Content

Additional information on the vegetables listed above can be found here:

Fruit Nutritional Content

Edible Plants & Flowers

Edible Plants - Flowers

Edibles

In addition to the fruits and vegetables listed above, certain plants and flowers are also edible. Many of these plants can be purchased or grown at home. If you attempt to collect wild flowers or plants you MUST be 100% certain that they do not contain herbicides or pesticides. When in doubt, leave it out!

  • Babies Tears
  • Carnations (petals)
  • Chamomile (english)
  • Clover
  • Dahlia (flower head)
  • Dandelions (flower head, leaves)
  • Day Lilies (flower head)
  • Fennel
  • Ficus (leaves)
  • Geraniums (flowers, leaves)
  • Hibiscus (flowers, leaves)
  • Hollyhock (flowers, leaves)
  • Impatiens
  • Johnny-Jump (flowers)
  • Lavender
  • Maple (leaves)
  • Mint
  • Mulberry (leaves)
  • Nasturtium (flower, leaves)
  • Oregano
  • Pansies (flower)
  • Petunias
  • Roses (petals)
  • Rosemary (flowers, leaves)
  • Sage (flowers, leaves)
  • Thyme (flowers, leaves)
  • Yucca (flowers)

Edible Plants List

Additional information on the greens listed above can be found here:

Edible Plants List

Feeder Insects

Feeder Insects

Feeder Insects

Feeder insects offer vital proteins to your bearded dragon. These proteins help your dragon grow and are readily taken by most beardies. Younger dragons should be offered feeder insects daily and allowed to eat as many as they wish over a 10 minute period. As they mature you should begin skipping days until you are only offering feeder insects 1-2 times per week. Never leave uneaten prey in the enclosure and remember to gutload your feeder insects!

Attribution

Author: Marsha Vacek & Richard Brooks