Beardies are generally not picky eaters. Being omnivores, they have a wide range of diet options. You can easily find something to feed them at your local pet store, grocery mart or even your fridge.
You want to try and maintain an dietary intake of 70%-80% insect and 20%-30% greens. This may not be as simple with babies, who , at times seem to ignore any food that doesn’t move.
Baby Bearded Dragon Food List
Here is a list of safe foods a bearded dragon can eat. Keep in mind, never feed your pogona anything bigger then the space between their eyes.
That doesn’t just count for insects. When giving greens or veggies, dice and chop the pieces small.
One more feeding tip, Try to feed at least 1 hour before you cycle the lights off. Your beardie need to bask in order to digest. So keep that light on for an hour after last feeding.
Is your substrate safe? Sometimes a bit of the substrate may be digested. If its not digestible, you risk a chance of impaction. You can use a separate tank for feeding or make a better choice for substrate.
Insects you can feed to your bearded dragon
Remember to never collect wild feeder insects. Wild bugs may be infected with parasites or other illnesses that can be passed on to your pogona.
Get your bugs from a pet store, breeder or better yet breed your own feeder insects.
Its always best to Gut Load feeder insects a day before feeding. Also Calcium coat or vitamin coat feeder bugs as needed.
Two insects are known to be toxic, even deadly to pogona, Boxelder Bugs and Fireflies or lightning bugs.
- Butter worms
- Phoenix worms
- Wax worms
- King worms
- Pinkie mice
Pinkies and larger bugs should not be feed to baby beardies. For babies, try to keep it to molted insects.
Greens and Veggies Bearded Dragons can eat
You can mix greens and fruits together like a salad. Keep the pieces small. Never feed lettuce. Lettuce binds to calcium, never feed it to your beardie.
- Artichoke Heart
- Bell Peppers
- Bok choy
- Collard greens
- Green beans
- Mustard greens
- Spaghetti squash
- Turnip greens
- Yellow squash
- Prickly Pears
- Chinese Lantern
- Rose Petals
- Mulberry Leaves
- Mint Leaves
- Mesquite Leaves
- Maple Leaves
- Lemon Grass