As a new beardie owner, one of my first questions was: “What do I need to feed my dragon in order to keep it healthy?” Hey I’m Abigail Kessler, Co-Founder of Raising Reptiles, so what do bearded dragons eat? Today we have a marvelous array of food to discuss. We’ll talk about how to make a healthy salad, the feeder insects available, and proper supplementation.
This is a healthy bearded dragon salad. Within it I have combined three different types of dark leafy greens; mustard greens, dandelions, and collard greens. Also there is shredded butternut squash, chopped up green beans, and a little bit of red bell pepper just to add some color enhancement. Finally sprinkled on top is some Repashy Super Veggie.
This supplement adds nutritional value as well as balancing everything out. In Raising Bearded Dragons, we show you how to get your picky bearded dragons to eat their greens and veggies. Over here we have a large variety of feeder insects, mostly worms, we’ve got dubia, roaches, and crickets. I’m going to go over the pros and cons of each of them.
Wax worms are essentially bearded dragon candy. They are very high in fat and should only be fed as a treat. They are slightly addictive to so don’t give them to the bearded dragon too often. Here we’ve got butterworms. Bearded dragons love these because of their high colors you know you see their yellows and reds. They’re really high in calcium and also pretty high in fat so don’t feed them all the time, only a couple times a week if that.
Over here are dubia roaches which is one of the best feeder insects you can give to your bearded dragon. Each of them has the nutritional equivalent of about 5 crickets. You will dust calcium over them. These are staple insects. You will feed them to young dragons daily and regularly to the adult ones. Over here are super worms.
Now larger dragons love these. They are fairly high in protein and also pretty fatty so you don’t want to give them a truckload of them. I don’t recommend them for young dragons as they are very hard shell and have the potential to block out their system. Both dubia roaches and super worms are incredibly easy to breed so if you have multiple dragons that you are feeding or even just one and you don’t want to constantly be going to the store, I highly recommend trying that out. Now here, these delightful great green worms are called Hornworms.
They are the most nutritious worm on the market. Very fatty. You can give them to your dragon as a treat. As you can see, they absolutely love them. Although this little kid is distracted. He’s been outside for quite a bit. We’ll see if he eats them later on.
I definitely recommend those only as a treat because they are so full of nutrition, they are also really high in fat and moisture, so don’t give them to your dragon super regularly. Once or twice a week at max. Yeah you see the one in the dish. I see how it is. See dragons are picky. Weird little creatures. Over here, we’ve got Phoenix worms. Now there are some small ones and some large ones. They come in both sizes.
This is also a staple worm for your dragons. They are high in calcium and low in fat. You can free feed these to babies and give 10-15 a day to adults or however much they’ll eat. Now over here, we have crickets. Pretty much everybody knows what these are. They’re not the best feeders for Bearded dragons, but they’re easy to find and manage.
I don’t like them, especially compared to the dubia roaches as they smell, they make noise, and if you leave them in the tank, a lot of people will just pour them into their tank, they have the potential to actually eat the dragon, so not the best feeder. They do work as a source of protein if you have no other options, but we definitely recommend dubia or discoid roaches.
Over here, we have our supplements. This one is SuperCalHighD. You will notice before I get into that that I use Repashy products. Repashy is really high quality. They’re actually probably the highest quality supplement on the market.
All of the powders are micro fined. Each one of these, I only have the 1 dragon plus other lizards in the house, but each one of these containers will last me a really long time because when you have your feeder such as crickets, you only are going to be dusting them with calcium.
That’s a daily thing, but making the investment for these, they cost a bit more than say ZooMed or Repcal products, but it is really really worth it. Alright so SuperCalHighD, this is a calcium supplement that is high in added D3. It is one of the best for bearded dragons.
You’ll just dust it on your crickets or roaches on a regular basis and every single day for babies and just a couple times a week for the adults. SuperVit is Repashy’s multivitamin and this is something that you’ll give to your dragon at least 2-3 times a week and more with your young dragons.
In Raising Bearded Dragons: The Ultimate Care Guide, we have a super extensive food list that goes over the supplements you need to schedule as well as more of the different types of vegetables as well as insects that you can give to your bearded dragon.
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