Can My Bearded Dragon Eat This? Our Ultimate Dragon Food List Will Make You an Expert!

Written by Samantha Miller | 5/17/20

Bearded dragon with blueberry

Bearded Dragons are omnivores and can eat a range of insects, fruits, greens, and vegetables. Age will play an important role in a bearded dragon’s diet. For example, a baby bearded dragon’s diet will be 50% insects. While the same dragon as an adult will only need a diet of 20% insects. A nutritious, balanced diet is essential to keeping your Bearded Dragon Healthy.

9 Toxic Foods Your Bearded Dragon Should Never Eat

  • Avocados
  • Fireflies
  • Rhubarb
  • Spinach
  • Grapefruit
  • Ladybugs
  • Lemons
  • Limes
  • Onion
  • Oranges
  • Tangerines
  • Any Citric Fruits
  • Any Dairy
  • Any Fish

Fruits

Fruits are an important part of a dragon’s diet. The staple fruits are Figs, Papaya, and Cactus Pad/Leaf. How often they should be eating fruits will be determined by age. For juvenile dragons, their diet consists mostly of crickets and occasionally fruit as a rare treat. As for adult Bearded Dragons, their diet will be different. The most important part is greens and vegetables, with a smaller amount of fruit mixed in, and insects.

Fruits That Can Be Fed to a Bearded Dragon Daily

  • Cactus Pad/Leaf (Prickly Pear)
  • Papaya
  • Figs

Fruits to Give Occasionally (One or Two Times a Week) to a Bearded Dragon

  • Apricot
  • Apples
  • Berries: Blueberries, Blackberries, Strawberries, Raspberries, Cranberries
  • Cantaloupe
  • Cherries
  • Grapes
  • Honeydew Melon
  • Papaya
  • Peaches
  • Pears
  • Pineapple
  • Plum
  • Prunes (canned)
  • Watermelon
  • Mango

Fruits to Give Seldom (Once Every Few Weeks) to a Bearded Dragon

  • Bananas
  • Starfruit
  • Kiwi

Fruits to Avoid Giving a Bearded Dragon

  • Grapefruit
  • Lemons
  • Limes
  • Oranges
  • Tangerines
  • Any Citric Fruits

Greens

From juvenile to adult bearded dragons greens are an important part of there diet. The staple greens are Alfalfa, Collard Greens, Kale, Dandelion Greens, Endive, Escarole, Mustard Greens, Turnip Greens, and Watercress. Just like we were all forced to eat our veggies as a kid, your dragon will need to eat his greens. there the most important part of a Beardies’ diet

Greens That Can Be Fed to a Bearded Dragon Daily

  • Alfalfa (plant, not sprouts)
  • Collard Greens
  • Dandelion Greens
  • Endive
  • Escarole
  • Kale
  • Mustard Greens
  • Turnip Greens
  • Watercress

Greens to Give Occasionally (One or Two Times a Week) to a Bearded Dragon

  • Alfalfa sprouts
  • Bok Choy
  • Carrot Tops
  • Celery Leaves
  • Cilantro
  • Kale (Mixed with other foods)
  • Kohlrabi Leaves
  • Parsley
  • Swiss Chard

Greens to Give Seldom (Once Every Few Weeks) to a Bearded Dragon

  • Beet Greens
  • Spinach

Vegetables

Veggies are what will make up a good portion of a Bearded Dragons diet. Staple vegetables include Acorn Squash, Butternut Squash, Cucumber, Hubbard Squash, Pumpkin, Scallop Squash, Spaghetti Squash, Summer Squash, Green Beans, Okra, Parsnips, Snap Peas, and Yellow Squash. It’s best to serve a variety of staple vegetables daily.

Vegetables That Can Be Fed to a Bearded Dragon Daily

  • Squash: Acorn Squash, Butternut Squash, Hubbard Squash, Spaghetti Squash, Scallop Squash, Summer Squash
  • Pumpkin (raw)
  • Green Beans
  • Okra
  • Parsnips
  • Snap Peas
  • Yellow Squash

Vegetables to Give Occasionally (One or Two Times a Week) to a Bearded Dragon

  • Asparagus
  • Artichoke Heart
  • Bell Peppers
  • Carrots
  • Cauliflower
  • Celery Stalks
  • Green Peas
  • Pumpkin
  • Sweet Potato
  • Zucchini

Vegetables to Give Seldom (Once Every Few Weeks) to a Bearded Dragon

  • Tomatoes
  • Cucumber
  • Beets
  • Broccoli

Vegetables to Avoid Giving a Bearded Dragon

  • Avocados
  • Rhubarb
  • Lettuce ( Avoid anything with lettuce in the name, no nutrition and causes runs)
  • Onion

Insects

Insects make up the majority of a juvenile bearded dragon’s diet. Staple insects are Crickets, Silkworms, Dubia roaches, and Turkish roaches. They all play an important role in a healthy diet. Anyone with a baby bearded dragon knows they can eat LOTS of crickets. A great way to save money is to learn how to breed crickets, especially if you have a juvenile dragon.

Insects That Can Be Fed to a Bearded Dragon Daily

  • Crickets
  • Silkworms
  • Dubia roaches
  • Turkish roaches

Treat Feeders

  • Hornworms : Every other day, 4-6 max
  • Mealworms: every other day, 5-10 max. Only for beardies above 6 months
  • Wax worms: Once a week, 4-5 max
  • Superworms: once or twice a week, 3-4 max. Only for beardies above 12 months
  • Butterworms: once or twice a week, 3-4 max

Can Bearded Dragons Eat Ants?

Unfortunately, Ants can contain high levels of formic acid and other toxins. Formic acid is a commonly used ingredient in cleaning chemicals. If your Bernie has eaten an Ant, there is no need to panic. Avoid letting him eat anymore. Ants can be toxic to dragons in large amounts.

Can Bearded Dragons Eat Fish?

It’s not advisable to feed fish to dragons. Fish are known to have parasites that could transfer to your dragon. Also if your Bearnie swallow’s a fishbone he can not digest it, resulting in impaction. It’s best to avoid all fish.

Can Bearded Dragons Eat Jalapenos?

I don’t recommend feeding your bearded dragon a Jalapeno. He probably doesn’t share the same Pallett as you. Also, they are highly acidic. Sliced him up some bell peppers instead, he might enjoy them better.

Can Bearded Dragons Eat Yogurt?

Bearded Dragons can not have yogurt. They are unable to digest dairy products. Any yogurt with milk in it is a definite no. However, they can have vegan soy non-dairy yogurt. Only give him a small amount as a very rare treat. Also, it should be low sugar content.

Can Bearded Dragons Eat Ladybugs?

No, Bearded dragons can not eat Ladybugs, they’re toxic. However, if your bearded dragon does eat one, he will probably wind up with a tummy ache. The good news is, it’s not fatal for your Beardie unless a large quantity is eaten. So keep him away from ladybugs.

Can Bearded Dragons Eat Aloe?

No, bearded dragons can not eat Aloe. There are 26 Different Types of Aloe Vera. It is unknown if any are toxic. However, they all are known to cause diarrhea in bearded dragons. So no aloe Vera leaves for your Bearnie.

Can Bearded Dragons Eat Onions?

No, Bearded Dragons can not eat onions. There extremely toxic to dragons. Consuming onions can cause digestion problems, vomiting, and burning sensation. Often times being fatal. If you fed your dragon onions and he is showing any symptoms, bring him to a vet immediately.

Can Bearded Dragons Eat Clover?

Yes, bearded dragons can eat clover. It’s a good way to add variety to your beardies diet. Just feed it occasionally as a treat. Also, you will need to make Shure your yard is not sprayed with chemicals.

Can Bearded Dragons Eat Applesauce?

Yes, bearded dragons can eat applesauce. Make sure to use unsweetened, sugar is bad for bearded dragons. Serve it as an occasional treat, the same as you would do for an apple. Also, it has a laxative effect and is good for beardies if they’re impacted or constipated.

Conclusion

Nutrition is one of the most important keys to your Bearded Dragons’ health and longevity. Providing healthy greens, vegetables, fruits, and insects is important for a balanced diet. I hope you found the list helpful If you see anything I missed or should be added leave a comment.

I would love to hear your thoughts, questions in the comments below.

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