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What Should I Feed My Bearded Dragon?

Veggies, insects and other “beardie” delicacies


What’s on the bearded dragon menu?

  • Protein: Bearded dragons enjoy live mealworms, waxworms and crickets that have been “gut loaded,” which means fed lizard-friendly vitamins and nutrients. Young beardies should eat once a day; adults may only need to dine every two days. If beardies don’t finish their entire meal, try feeding them less next time.
  • Calcium: Twice a week, dust your bearded dragon’s live food with a calcium supplement (ask a PetSmart associate for details).
  • Vegetables: Veggies should make up 25% of a young beardie’s diet and half of an adult’s. Favorites include kale, collard greens, mustard greens, zucchini and shredded carrots.
  • Packaged food: Commercial food adds variety to a beardie’s diet. Many brands are available in high-protein formulas for juvenile lizards and lower-protein versions for the adult beardies.
  • Water: If your beardie doesn’t seem interested in drinking from a shallow dish of water placed in their habitat, you can lightly mist their fruits and vegetables with clean water.
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