Feeding Your Bearded Dragon

March 4, 2013 by  
Filed under Bearded Dragon Care

bdragonTo keep your bearded dragon healthy, you should be aware of the things to remember in feeding bearded dragon. When giving the right food for them, you should always take safety precautions to avoid them from having eating disorders and digestive problems. Always remember that the food items should be given to them in the right amount according to their age. Too much food or nutrients intake can cause different kinds of disorders to your pet.

When feeding bearded dragon, you should be aware of the important things to avoid feeding mistakes such as the amount of protein or calcium they need, the number of times they have to eat in one day, the essential foods that they have to take at their age and the like. Also ensure that they only have the required amount of vitamin A to avoid overdose.

Bearded dragons love crickets so you must give them not just an ordinary cricket but a healthy cricket. What you give to your cricket is what your bearded dragon will have so it’s best to take care of your cricket by nourishing them with healthy foods and good environment. You should also pay attention to your cricket’s storage. Baby bearded dragons are more eager to eat crickets in bigger size but this can lead them into impaction.

Bearded dragons are just like humans, they should also eat clean and healthy foods to keep them healthy and alive. You can avoid any diseases by washing the vegetables thoroughly before they eat. Make sure that they are chopped finely to avoid choking and impaction. Bearded dragons can also be fed with fruits such as mangoes, strawberries, carrots, zucchini and squash.

Their body and food’s temperature also matter to them. If they are given food items with wrong temperature or those that do match with their body’s temperature, they will not show any appetite and it will be hard for them to digest the food. This may also cause problems in digestion such as constipation and the like.

Maintain your bearded dragon’s cage cleanliness. Always clean the dish and clear uneaten foods such as greens and veggies inside its cage on a daily basis. When feeding them with a prey, always remember to match its size to your pet’s mouth. A younger prey is much better because it only contains lower chitin.

A right content of water should be offered to bearded dragons by spraying, misting greens and veggies or putting on a dish. Aside from the normal foods, you can also give your bearded dragon vitamin and mineral supplements. You can also powder these supplements on crickets.

Do not over feed your bearded dragon. Although bearded dragons used to look and act as hungry reptile, they should have a regular eating schedule which is only done once in the morning or evening. Always remember that bearded dragons does not accept or absorb any kind of foods so you should not give them anything that is not recommended for them to eat. Know their limitations and the foods that are prohibited. By being aware of tips in feeding bearded dragon, you can ensure their health to live longer.


One Comment on "Feeding Your Bearded Dragon"

  1. Stephanie lewis on Sat, 23rd Apr 2016 3:12 pm 

    Question. I have a male bearded dragon named Rex. Rex I’m guessing is about 6months old possible younger. He’s prob close to a foot long. Anyways he’s a very good eater he loves he’s veggies expecially his kale. I give that to him every morning before I go to work then when I get home from work I give him either dubie roaches or crickets. However I do seem concerned about his tummy he is rather fat or so I think. he almost seems to look bloated all the time and recently when he eats he gets the hiccups and leaves his mouth open after he eats. Should I be concerned or should I just cut back or not feed him one day thank u Stephanie

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