Your questions about bearded dragon diet

Lisa asks…

leopard and bearded dragon diet?

hi im either going to get a leopard gecko or a bearded dragon. my mum hates crickets and wont let me keep them. so could i leeve crickets out of a leos or beardys diet, an just feed them everthing else?
like can i just feed them meal worms, an the other worms with the suppliments instead of crickets?

Chris answers:

Absoutly not. A primary diet for a Bearded Dragon and Leopard Gecko is CRICKETS along with mealworms only when a bearded dragon gets bigger and leopard geckos can have small ones BUT THEY NEED crickets. ive read about breeders who have been doing it like a long long time that have experienced with no crickets on a bearded dragon and it works BUT i dont know how you would get the beardie big and healthy from a juvenile without his crickets. yeah they eat veggies and fruits BUT their diet as a juvenile is this 80% bugs (crickets and silkworms if you can get your hands on smalll silkworms they can be fed everyday they are a excellent thing) and 20% veggies and fruits Leopard geckos DONT eat veggies or fruits therefore they absoutly have to have crickets and worms. thats there diet..OH someone might say something along the lines of liike there is dried dead crickets and worms you can feed BUT your leopard gecko has a very slim chance of wanting to eat those. so maybe you need to reallly consider that you can not possibly care for those reptiles without crickets.

Ruth asks…

Can pellets substitute for mealworms and crickets in a bearded dragon’s diet?

I’m getting a beardie soon, and I really don’t want to feed it bugs. Can pellets and pre-made mixes substitute for them?
Please give a website.

Chris answers:

No, you should feed him crickets and veggies i personally dont feed my BD mealworms.
Buy crickets they come in a bag, and buy a cricket catcher pour them in the cricket catcher and the crickets go up the tubes when feeding tap the tube on the side of his tank and some will fall out but watch out you dont want to many in there with a baby beardie they can hide and come out at night a chew on him. Make sure he eats all the crickets you give or take them out and make his tank as simple as possible with no where for the crickets to hide.

Jenny asks…

need help on bearded dragon diet?

so i am getting a bearded dragon next week and i think i have the right idea on a diet, give it fresh salad everyday, put some meal worms with the salad everyday and every other day give it some crickets.

Chris answers:

Your diet is good except for one thing. The meal worms need to be swapped with the crickets. Fresh Vegetables daily like kale, bokchoy, squash, carrots, mustard and collard greens are good. Make sure not to give lettuce, especially iceberg lettuce.

Meal worms should be fed every 3rd or 4th day. Only occasionally as they are high in fat and have a hard exo-skeleton which can cause impaction (intestinal blockage) if fed in large amounts. Crickets should be fed daily and offered twice a day for 15 minutes each. If your Bearded Dragon eats as fast as mine do, then you might want to decrease the cricket feeding times to around 5 minutes so you don’t overfeed them.

Their diets should consist of 80% crickets, 20% vegetables while hatchlings. 60% crickets and 40% vegetables while juveniles. 20% crickets and 80% vegetables while adults. Always adding about 5 – 10% fruits like strawberries, bananas and apples once juveniles to adults and always dusting their food in multivitamins and calcium with d3 supplements.

Maria asks…

what is a bearded dragon diet?

i am getting a bearded dragon what should i feed a one year old in a normal day how much and at what time??

thanks!!

Chris answers:

prepare a decent sized salad and leave it in there for the whole day, because at this age they eat mostly veggies. Don’t feed them lettuce, any kind of lettuce. As for live food, you can just put some mealworms in his veggie bowl at let’s say 10:30 in the morning. Then at about 3 to 4:30 check to see if the worms are gone, and if they are, you can refill if you want. They only need to be fed live food once to three times a week when they’re that old. Instead of mealworms you could also feed him crickets or silkworms.

Mandy asks…

Is this a good diet for a Bearded Dragon?

I feed my bearded dragon mostly just squash and, every now and then, crickets. Hes 2 years old, and hes been doing just fine. Is this a good staple diet for him?

Chris answers:

Not really. He needs more variety in his diet. Try some foods from my list.
FEED DAILY
Collard Greens
Dandelion Greens
Endive
Escarole
Mustard Greens
Turnip Greens
Acorn Squash
Butternut Squash
Hubbard Squash
Green Beans
Peas
Parsnips
Turnips
Scallop Squash
Spaghetti Squash
Summer Squash
Sweet potato
Figs
Mango
Papaya
Raspberries
Silkworm
Cactus Pad/Leaf

FEED OCCASSIONALLY
Arugula
Bok Choy
Kale
Bell Peppers, red & green
Bell Peppers, yellow
Celery
Cucumbers
Okra
Potato, russet
Pumpkin, raw
Radish
Spinach
Watercress
Yams, raw
Zucchini, raw & peeled
Apples
Apricots
Blackberries
Blueberries
Cantaloupe
Cherries
Cranberries
Grapefruit
Grapes
Guava
Honeydew
Kiwi
Nectarines
Orange, naval
Orange, mandarin
Peaches
Pear, not asian
Pineapple, canned
Pineapple, fresh
Plums
Prunes, canned
Raisins, seedless
Strawberries
Watermelon
Butterworms
Silkworms
Superworms
Waxworms
Basil
Beans, garbanzo
Beans, kidney
Beans, lima
Beans, pinto
Cilantro
Peppermint leaves
Spearmint
Wheat grass

FLOWERS/PLANTS
rose petals
dandelions
dahlias
hibiscus
nasturtiums
alfalfa
astible
baby tears
basil – leaves & flowers
Chinese lantern – flowers
Carnations – petals
Chamomile, English
Clover
Day lilies
Dracaena
Fennel
Ficus – leaves
Geranium – flowers & leaves
Grape – leaves & fruit
Impatiens
Hollyhock
Hens & chickens
Lavender
Mint
Oregano
Pansies – flowers
Phlox
Rosemary – leaves & flowers
Spider plant – leaves, sap may irritate
Split leaf philodendron – leaves
Squash flowers
Thyme – leaves & flowers
Yucca – flowers
Wandering Jew – leaves, sap may irritate

RARELY
Broccoli
Brussel sprouts
Carrots
Cauliflower
Green peas raw
Rutabaga, raw
Tomatoes
Pomegranate
Star fruit
Bananas
Rice, brown, long grain
Soybeans

NEVER
cabbage
Corn
Lettuce
Spinach
Avocado
Eggplant
Mushrooms
Rhubarb
Chicken
Ground beef
Pork chops
Spaghetti, cooked
Meal Worms

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