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.
Use outer petioles*.
High in nitrates
Sweet Potato Leaves
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.
The petals are the primary focus for feeding flowers and will eliminate any issues with seeds. Just offer the petals.
Petunia and Pansy Flowers
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.
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.
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