What vegetables can bearded dragons eat?

In this brief guide, we will answer the question,”What vegetables can bearded dragons eat?” We will also look at some plant materials that can feed your bearded dragon. We will discuss some animal based proteins that you can feed your bearded dragon. We will finally briefly explain if you should give your bearded dragon vitamins and minerals.

What vegetables can bearded dragons eat?

Bearded dragons are omnivores and can consume a wide variety of foods which include both plant and animal based foods such as insects. They can consume vegetables such as collard greens, beet greens, broccoli, turnip greens, bok choy, kales amongst others. We will look into other veggies shortly.

What plant materials can you feed your bearded dragon?

Bearded dragons can be fed plant material, and 80 percent to 90 percent of it should consist of veggies and fruits. The remainder 10 to 20 percent should comprise fruits. 

Anything that is leafy and dark green is good for bearded dragons and should comprise a larger part of their diet.

You can as well feed them any red, yellow or orange veggies. However, you should take care to avoid foods that are high in fiber, are nutrient low and light green veggies that are vitamin deficient such as head lettuce, iceberg and celery because they contain a lot of water and fiber with low nutrients value.

Some good veggies that should be included in a bearded dragon diet are as below;

  • Broccoli
  • Collard greens
  • Beet greens
  • Mustard greens
  • Alfalfa hay or chow
  • Turnip greens
  • Parsley
  • Escarole
  • Red or green cabbage
  • Watercress
  • Kale
  • Bok choy
  • Savory
  • Dandelion
  • Kohlrabi
  • Cilantro
  • Green beans
  • Bell peppers

Some good fruits that you can feed your bearded dragon in moderation are  apples, guava, pears, mango, raisins, bananas with their skin on, grapes,tomato,  star fruit, peaches, kiwis, and melons. Fruits that are an excellent option for your pet are figs which are high in calcium, raspberries, apricots, dates and strawberries.

 The problem with most fruits is that they tend to be poor in minerals so you should feed them to your bearded dragon sparingly as top dressing. As an occasional treat you can also give them flowers such as dandelion, geraniums, nasturtiums, roses and carnations.

You can feed them raw or cooked veggies, although the cooking process destroys some essential nutrients so it is more beneficial if you feed them raw vegetables. Ensure that you thoroughly wash any fruits and veggies you intend to give your bearded dragon to avoid food poisoning.

Some veggies such as Spinach,  Swiss chard, and beet greens are usually high in oxalates that are considered anti-nutrients. Oxalates can bind calcium and various  other essential trace minerals and prevent them from being absorbed. So always ensure that you feed your bearded dragon these veggies in moderate amounts.

What animal based proteins can I feed my bearded dragons?

Good animal based protein sources that you can feed your bearded dragons include grasshoppers, mealworms, spiders, tofu, moths, earthworms, slugs, wax worms( in moderation because of the high fat content) and silk worms in moderation.

You can as well purchase from a pet store bait stations or reptile breeds or raise some live prey such as crickets or various worms to feed your bearded dragons. Do not collect insects outside or from the home garden because they may be contaminated with insecticides or fertilizers and can be toxic when given to your bearded dragon.

Fireflies are toxic to bearded dragons and should never be fed to them. 

Should you give your bearded dragon vitamins and minerals?

Yes, bearded dragons usually have a higher need for minerals such as dietary calcium than phosphorus. This is particularly necessary when they are young so as to develop their bones.

You should give them some dietary calcium 2 to 3 times a week by sprinkling very small amounts lightly over their food. Use calcium powder (calcium gluconate, lactate, or carbonate) that does noy contain Vitamin D3.

In an additional 2 to 3 weeks also lightly sprinkle your bearded dragons food with calcium powder which has Vitamin D3. You should also use a reptile mineral supplement once a week and sprinkle it lightly on their food. 

Supplements should be given to the bearded dragons by being dusted onto small portions of moist foods or salads and ensure that you try feeding them to ensure that they still agree to consume the portions. 

You can learn more about vegetables that you can feed your bearded dragon here.

Conclusion

In this brief guide, we have answered the question,”What vegetables can bearded dragons eat?” We have also looked at some plant materials that can feed your bearded dragon. We have also discussed some animal based proteins that you can feed your bearded dragon. We have finally briefly explained if you should give your bearded dragon vitamins and minerals.

Citations

https://vcahospitals.com/know-your-pet/bearded-dragons-feeding

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