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Bearded Dragon (Pogona vitticeps)

Experience Level: Beginner

Bearded Dragon in habitat

Nutrition & Maintenance

Dietary Requirements
    •    Bearded Dragons are omnivores, meaning their diet mainly consists of a combination of insects and vegetables.
    •    Alternate the insects, vegetables and fruits being fed. Feed only enough to be consumed by the end of the day.
    •    Dragons also require calcium supplementation.
    •    To avoid accidental ingestion of the substrate, feed worms, vegetables, fruits and prepared diets from a bowl.
    •    Clean food and water bowls daily.

 

Dietary Options
  Examples Feeding Frequency
Insects*

Crickets**, Mealworms,

occasional Waxworms

Juveniles (< 6”): Once Daily
Adults (>6”): Daily to Every Other Day.
Vegetables* Dark, leafy greens (kale, collard, mustard, dandelion, escarole) vegetables (zucchini, broccoli, squash, shredded carrots) Every Other Day; should constitute 25% of a juveniles diet and 50% of an adults diet.
Fruits Papaya, Banana, Melon Once weekly; should only constitute 5% of diet.
Prepared Diets Commercially prepared. Offer daily in addition to insects and fresh vegetables.

*Insects and Vegetables should be dusted with a calcium supplement twice weekly for adults and daily for juveniles.

**Crickets should be fed a nutrient-dense, gut-loaded diet (commercially available nutrient-dense diet) prior to being fed to the reptile to ensure they have the proper nutrients for healthy reptile diet.

Water
    •    Bearded Dragons will drink from a shallow dish and lick moisture from their skin. Mist your pet with warm water every other day.
    •    Empty and refill water bowls once a day.