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Bearded dragon food list

This is the condensed version of the food list and is only intended to provide a quick way of identifying suitable foods to add to your bearded dragons diet for variety.

The extended version provides research data and more to ensure you have all the information you need to make informed decisions in planning a varied diet and promote a long healthy life. No more guesswork! The extended version is in progress right now and will be completed by the end of this month!

Leaf Vegetables | Vegetation

The majority of the diet for adult bearded dragons should be dark leafy green vegetables or vegetation.

*Petiole: the stalk that joins a leaf to a stem.

Alfalfa

Alfalfa provides some variety in what bearded dragons eat

Bok Choy

Bearded dragons eat bok choy

Cabbage

Cabbage can be added to the bearded dragons diet

Carrot Tops

Carrot tops are great for adding variety to the bearded dragons food

Celery

Celery can be added to the bearded dragons diet

Use outer petioles*.

Clover

Add clover to the bearded dragon food list

Collard Greens

Collard greens are a staple food

Coriander

Bearded dragon eat coriander herb for variety

Dandelion Greens

Dandelion greens (leaves) are a good addition to the bearded dragon food list

Coriander

Bearded dragon eat coriander herb for variety

Endive

Add some endive to the diet

High in nitrates

Grape Leaves

Grape leaves can be added to the food list

Hibiscus Leaves

Some hibiscus leaves can be fed

Kale

Kale can be fed to bearded dragons

Minimise stalks

Mulberry Leaves

Mulberry leaves are one of the best bearded dragon foods

Mustard Leaves

Mustard leaves are a good addition to the food list

Nasturtium Leaves

Bearded dragons can eat Nasturtium leaves

Oregano

Herbs like Oregano are good to have in the bearded dragon food list

Romaine Lettuce

Romaine lettuce is usually considered a safe food

Sage

Bearded dragons can eat sage

Sparingly

Spinach

Spinach leaves can be added in moderation

Sparingly

Sweet Potato Leaves

Sweet potato leaves can add variety

Turnip Greens

Turnip greens are a commonly used food for bearded dragons

Watercress

Watercress will add a little variety in the diet

Vegetables

Hard vegetables can be grated or lightly cooked and chopped into small pieces to reduce the risk of choking and improve digestion. Remember foods will not be chewed, they may only be bitten into and then swallowed. Remove seeds.

Beans

Before feeding beans remove the string and chop

Broccoli

Broccoli is another rotation vegetable for bearded dragons

Brussels Sprouts

Brussels sprouts may be fed in moderation

Butternut Pumpkin

Butternut pumpkin can be eaten by bearded dragons

Capsicum

Capsicum can be fed to bearded dragons

Corn

Grate carrots before offering bearded dragon to eat

Cucumber

Cucumbers can be grated for bearded dragons to eat

Parsnips

Grate parsnips to make it easier to digest

Peas

Peas can be added for some variation in food

Pumpkin

Lightly boil and chop pumpkins before giving to bearded dragons

Squash

Soften squash by lightly boiling before adding to diet

Sweet Potato

Sweet potato can be added lightly boiled

Turnip

Turnips can be added to some meals

Zucchini

Flowers

The petals are the primary focus for feeding flowers and will eliminate any issues with seeds. Just offer the petals.

Dahlia Flowers

Dahlias can be added to the diet

Dandelion Flowers

Bearded dragons can eat dandelion greens and flowers

Hibiscus Flowers

Hibiscus flowers as food

Nasturtium Flowers

Feed nasturtium leaves and flowers to bearded dragons

Petunia and Pansy Flowers

Petunias and pansies can be fed

Rose Petals

Rose petals food for bearded dragons

Fruit

Fruits can make up a very small portion of the meal. Treat fruit as you would sweets to children. Remove seeds and grate any hard fruits.

Apples

Apples are best grated for feeding bearded dragons

Apricots

Apricots can be added to the diet

Bananas

Bananas are often popular with bearded dragons

Blackberries

Bearded dragons can eat blackberries

Blueberries

Bearded dragons can eat blueberries

Cherries

Cherries can be seeded and fed

Figs

Small amounts of figs can be fed intermittently

Grapes

Seedless grapes can be fed to bearded dragons

Kiwi Fruit

Kiwi fruit can be added to the meal in small amounts

Mangoes

Mangoes can be added to the diet

Mulberries

Mulberries are a good addition to food list

Papaya

Bearded dragons eat papaya remove seeds

Peaches

Bearded dragons eat peaches

Pears

Bearded dragons eat pears

Plums

Plums add variety for feeding bearded dragons

Prunes

Prunes can be fed after removing seed

Raspberries

Raspberries can be fed to bearded dragons

Rockmelon

Rockmelon adds more variety to the food list

Strawberries

Strawberries are relished by some bearded dragons

Watermelon

Watermelon has a high water content useful for hydrating

Arthropods | Insects

What do waxworms, butterworms, mealworms and silkworms (and any other *worms) have in common? They aren’t worms. Worms don’t have antennae, nor eyes or legs.

Insect larvae not worms

The larvae stage of the insects  life-cycle is a time where it is accumulating fat preparing for the big change into its adult phase. The fat level alone means use larvae sparingly.

Chitin levels in mealworms are of concern because it has the potential to accumulate in the gut and potentially lead to impaction. Feed sparingly.

Feed a variety of insects (or from the wider range of arthropods). Like all food, variety protects against overdoing or undoing any particular nutrients. No single insect will provide all nutrients.

Black Soldier Fly Larvae

Black soldier fly larvae (Hermetia illucens) bearded dragon food list

Cockroaches (Woodies)

Bearded dragons eat cockroaches woodies

Crickets

Bearded dragons eat crickets

Earthworms

Earthworms can be fed to bearded dragons

Fruit Flies

Fruit fly and maggots can be fed to bearded dragon

Hornworms

Hornworms added to the diet

Locusts

Locusts can be fed to bearded dragons

Mealworm Beetles

Mealworm beetles can be added to the bearded dragons diet

Mealworms

Mealworms can be fed in moderation

Silkworms

Silkworms are worth adding to the food list

Superworms

Superworms can be fed to bearded dragons

Waxworms

Waxworms can be fed in moderation
Food too big for the bearded dragon
No measuring needed to see that this food is too big for the bearded dragon. Shredding harder foods such as carrots will reduce hazards.
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