Bearded Dragon Diet - Complete Food List

With this post, we will cover everything you need to know about the Bearded Dragon Diet. It includes "what do beard dragons eat", food sizes, a list of safe foods to feed your bearded dragon and foods that must be avoided. 

Note:  Foods that are questionable and that has not yet been proven to be 100% safe, will not be added to this list. 

What Do Bearded Dragons Eat?

Bearded dragons are omnivorous; this means that they eat plants and meat. (Meat is in insect form.) They need protein which comes in 2 Types; Plant protein and animal protein (insects). As babies and juveniles are growing dragons, they will need more animal protein than plant protein. Adults are fully grown and thus need more plant than meat protein. To sum it up, plant protein is equally important and MUST BE given daily to Adults! Good ration would be 70% plant protein vs 30% animal protein (insects) for an adult beardie. 

Fruits are ONLY treats as it contains too much sugar that can be bad for bearded dragons if consumed daily. Once a week for adults is more than enough. Never give fruits to a sick dragon.

What to Feed a Baby/Juvenile Bearded Dragon? 

They have the same diet as adult bearded dragons, the only difference being that the ratio of food and food types differ. Baby bearded dragons eat basically just insects every day, with a leaf or two a day. Where as juveniles need 20% plants and 80% insects, meaning they have their insects every day and a veggie and greens meal every forth day. One year and older, it is reversed, with  veggies and greens everyday and insects every second to third day, but plants come first and is topped off with insects for desert. It is NOT recommended to give fruits to babies as it contains too much sugar. Fruits are treats and should only be given occasionally after 8 months. 


How Often Should I Feed My Bearded Dragon?

  • 0 – 2 Months – Live food should be given 7 days a week, three times a day. Veggies should be offered 1 - 2 times a week. With a single green leaf every forth day. No fruits.
  • 3 – 6 Months – Live foods should be given 7 days a week, twice a day. Veggies and greens, 2 – 3 times a week. No fruits.
  • 6 – 8 Months – Live food should be given 6 days a week, once a day. Veggies and greens, 3 – 4 times a week. No fruits.
  • 8 – 12 Months – Live food should be given 5 days a week, once a day. Veggies and greens, 4-5 times a week. Fruit can be offered once a week as a treat in a small quantity. (Once slice or one small fruit like a berry) 
  • 12 – 18 Months – Live food should be given 4 days a week, once a day. Veggies and greens, 5-6 times a week. Fruit can be offered once a week as a treat. 
  • 18 Months plus – Live food can be offered 2-3 times a week. Veggies and greens should be given 6-7 times a week. Fruit can be offered once a week as a treat. 
what do bearded dragons eat?
NB: On the days that they do not get insects they should be fed a full meal of veggies and greens. Do not leave them hungry.

Every Bearded Dragon is different and has needs of his/her own. The estimates above are for healthy dragons and NOT those who need special care. An underweight, sick or gravid dragon will need more live foods than a normal one. Some bearded dragons do not favour veggies or greens and will thus need a little more live food to sustain them. If you have a beardie that is sick or underweight it is always best to consult with your Vet. He/she will work out a feeding plan that will help your dragon to get in top health again. 

PLEASE NOTE: Do not feed an extremely skinny and malnourished bearded dragon a large amount of any types of food unless instructed to do so by a professional veterinarian as it will cause liver failure. Bearded dragons that is malnourished should be "Pre-fed" before regular feeding starts. Many products on the market that is designed for this like "Reptile critical care" and so forth. Please consult with your vet to get a product that is suitable. Read more about "How to care for a skinny/malnourished bearded dragon"

Bearded Dragon Food Sizes and Feeding

Do not give a bearded dragon food that is too large, as they can choke on it or it can cause blockages or paralyses. Bearded dragon food should be no larger than the space in between the eyes.

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Appropriately sized crickets or roaches must be offered to baby and juvenile dragons two to three times per day. Use 5-10 minutes per feeding time and offer the bearded dragon as many as he/she can eat at that time. They can easily eat about 20-40 small crickets a day.

Keep an eye out if your bearded dragon is a greedy and fast eater. Feed them one or so at a time as they can choke if they eat to fast and do not chew properly.

Offer juvenile beardies, vegetables in a wide, but flat container. Vegetables and greens must be chopped up in small pieces because if not they may end up dragging the veggies around, this can be funny to us, but frustrating to them. Again, do not feed juveniles fruits as it contains too much sugar.

Gut Loading Your Live Feeders

Live food is only beneficial if the prey itself is nutritional to the animal eating it. Remember, what the crickets, roaches and worms eat will also be what your bearded dragon eats. your live foods, should be fed (gut loaded) before you feed them to your beardie. Make sure that you feed your insects, worms and roaches safe, nutritious foods from the list of foods that you bearded dragon can eat as well. In addition, there are many Gut loader products available on the market.

Gut loading has additional benefits. Some of my bearded dragons do not like eating certain greens or veggies. By gut loading the live feeders 3 hours prior to feeding, my bearded dragons still get nutrition from the gut loaded feeders.

Take Note: Bearded dragons should always eat fresh veggies and greens on a daily basis. This option alone will not replace nutrition, but only add to it. If your dragon refuses to eat a certain type of green or veggie, other options should be offered.

Below is a list of foods that is safe to feed your bearded dragon. Foods that are unknown or debatable was not added, because I believe you should not take the chance of offering them something that you are not certain can harm them. Always try to offer variety instead of feeding only one type of insect, green or veggie.


Live Insects for Bearded Dragons

Dubia Roaches (Staple Feeder)

dubia roaches for bearded dragons

  • 3 Times a Week for adults /Everyday for juveniles.
  • Gut load at least 3 hours prior to feeding. If they are too big, you can cut them into smaller pieces if you have the stomach for it.
  • Excellent staple feeder and the most common staple protein for bearded dragons. High in protein, low in fat. Recommended to start your own colony of roaches to cut on costs. (Keep in mind, they are illegal in some states/countries)

Silkworms (Staple Feeder)

can bearded dragons eat silkworms?

  • 3 Times a week for adults/5 days a week for juveniles.
  • Gut load prior to feeding.
  • Contains an enzyme called Serrapeptase. It helps to make calcium absorption more efficient. Also helps to reduce inflammation. Soft body makes it easy to digest. Excellent staple diet! They are also available as canned food, making it super easy for those who love to spoil their beardie with a special treat.

Horn Worms (Staple Feeder)
can bearded dragons eat horn worms?

  • 3 Times a week for adults/5 days a week for juveniles. (Roaches on other 2 days)
  • Gut load prior to feeding.
  • Great protein source that is good for hydration. Have calcium and good fat and protein ration. Bright colour is also a bonus for those picky eaters. The perfect feeder for your beardie!


can bearded dragons eat crickets?

  • Staple protein, if no other options are available.
  • Gut load at least 2-3 hours prior to feeding.
  • Crickets are messy, smelly, noisy, carry parasites often and MUST BE properly cut loaded prior to feeding. If this is your choice of staple feeder, be sure to buy from suppliers with a good reputation to avoid parasites. In addition, take your beardie to the vet every 6 months with a stool sample to test for parasites.

Super Worms

can bearded dragons eat crickets?

  • Occasionally for adults dragons.
  • Gut load at least 3 hours prior to feeding.
  • High in phosphorus and fat. A hard chitin shell that can be difficult to digest.

Phoenix Worms

can bearded dragons eat phoenix worms?
  • Only feed Occasionally
  • Gut load prior to feeding.
  • Very nutritional mainly for juveniles. 

Butter Worms

can bearded dragons eat phoenix worms?
  • Only feed Occasionally
  • Gut load prior to feeding.
  • High in fat and calcium.

Wax Worms

can bearded dragons eat wax worms?
  • Feed Rarely
  • Gut load at least 3 hours prior to feeding.
  • High in phosphorus and fat with little nutritional value.

Meal Worms

can bearded dragons eat meal worms?
  • Feed Rarely
  • Gut load at least 3 hours prior to feeding. Dust with calcium. 
  • Low in calcium, high in fat and phosphorus. Hard chitin shell that is difficult to digest. 

bearded dragon live food

Consistent high levels of the following will cause long term health problems for your bearded dragon. Foods with these should only be fed occasionally!

  • Vitamin A and D3 - Bearded dragons can easily overdose on these vitamins. UVB lights also provides Vit D3 and thus it is important not to give too much calcium and multivitamins that contains D3. If bearded dragons consume too much Vitamin A, their body, eyes and throat will swell and result in being lethargic. 
  • Oxalic Acid - It binds with calcium to form calcium oxalate which is insoluble and stops it being absorbed properly.
  • Phosphorus - It will mess up your bearded dragon's ability to properly absorb calcium.
  • Goitrogens - Inhibits the intake of Iodine, it causes problems with the thyroid gland and the major cause for swelling.
  • Citric Acid - Not good for a bearded dragon's digestive system. Remember, it can also be found in broccoli, carrots, tomatoes and beans, hence, never a good idea to feed these on a regular basis.

Bearded Dragon Veggies and Greens - Food List

what do bearded dragons eat?

Acorn Squash

can bearded dragons eat acorn squash?

  • Staple veggie
  • Discard the rinds. Finely chop or shred the core.
  • Good source of fibre.

Butternut Squash

can bearded dragon eat butternut squash?
  • Staple veggie
  • Discard the peel and core. Finely shred or shop. 
  • High in fibre. 

Collard Greens

bearded dragon diet
  • Daily - Staple green.
  • Cut into smaller pieces. Finely shred or chop the stems.
  • High in calcium. 

Dandelion Greens

baby bearded dragon diet
  • Staple green
  • Rinse and cut into smaller pieces. Preferably discard
  • Flowers can be fed as treats. 
  • Excellent staple diet that is high in Calcium. Be cautious to feed wild greens, they may contain pesticides! 

Endive/Escarole/Chicory greens

can bearded dragons eat endive
can bearded dragons eat chicory greens?
  • Daily - Staple green.
  • Rinse and cut into smaller pieces. Finely chop or discard the stems. 
  • Good staple diet, especially when mixed with other greens. High in Calcium. 

Mustard Greens

what do bearded dragons eat?
  • Daily - Staple green.
  • Rinse and cut into smaller pieces. Finely shred or chop stems. 
  • Good choice for staple diet. High in calcium. 


can bearded dragons eat rocket?
  • Daily - Staple green
  • Rinse and chop into smaller pieces.
  • High in Calcium

Spaghetti Squash

bearded dragon food
  • Daily - staple veggie
  • Peel, core and finely chop.
  • High in calcium and fibre.

Turnip Greens (leaf’s)

what to feed bearded dragons

  • Daily
  • Rinse and cut into smaller pieces or strips. Preferably discard stems.
  • High in Calcium, Vitamin C and Vitamin A.

Bell Peppers

can bearded dragons eat bell peppers?

  • Occasionally
  • Discard the core, rinse and chop finely.
  • Great colour enhancer, also have a great taste.

Bok Choy

bearded dragon diet
  • Occasionally
  • Cut green portion into smaller pieces. Preferably discard the white portion.
  • High in Vitamin C, A and Goitrogens.


Are carrots good for bearded dragons?
  • Occasionally
  • Discard the peels. Finely chopped or shred.
  • Carrots contain a lot of Vitamin A which can cause vitamin A toxicity!

Celery (stalk and leaves)

can bearded dragons eat celery?
  • Occasionally
  • Very Finely chopped.
  • Rich in fibre.

bearded dragon food list
  • Occasionally 
  • Finely chopped
  • High in Vitamin A 

Green beans

Can bearded dragons eat green beans?
  • Occasionally
  • Finely chopped
  • High in calcium


can bearded dragons eat kale?
  • Occasionally
  • Cut into smaller pieces. Finely shop the stems.
  • High in Goitrogens.

Kohlrabi (Leaves Only)

bearded dragon diet
  • Occasionally
  • Finely chopped 
  • High in Oxalates


what do bearded dragons eat
  • Occasionally
  • Finely chopped 
  • Good source of fibre. 


bearded dragon food
  • Occasionally
  • Peel and shred
  • High in fibre

Snap Peas

bearded dragon food list
  • Occasionally
  • Finely chopped.
  • Contains moderate Oxalates.

Zucchini (Raw)
can bearded dragons eat zucchini
  • Occasionally
  • Finely chopped
  • High phosphorus 

Yellow Squash

bearded dragon diet and food

  • Occasionally
  • Finely chopped 


can bearded dragons eat watercress?

  • Occasionally 
  • Finely chopped
  • High in Vitamins A and C 


can bearded dragons eat cucumber?

  • Rarely
  • Peel and cut up in bite sized pieces. Remove seeds.
  • Very little nutritional value for bearded dragons. Good for dehydrated bearded dragons. 


can bearded dragons eat broccoli?

  • Rarely
  • Finely chopped
  • High in goitrogens and oxalate.

Brussels Sprouts

bearded dragon diet

  • Rarely
  • Peel and finely chopped into bite sized pieces.
  • High in Goitrogens 


can bearded dragons eat parsley?

  • Rarely
  • Finely Chopped
  • Only serves well for dehydrated bearded dragons. A small amount may also be sprinkled on top of other foods to add attractive smell.

Sweet Potato

can bearded dragons eat sweet potato

  • Rarely
  • Peel and finely chopped or shred.
  • High in Vitamin A and Oxalates.

bearded dragon diet

Prickly Pear 

bearded dragon food

  • Once a week
  • Finely chopped or shred. 
  • High in Calcium. Good staple.


can bearded dragons eat papaya?
  • Once a week
  • Peel, remove seeds and finely chop or crush. 
  • Great source of fibre and also high in calcium and Vitamin C. Good staple fruit. 


can bearded dragons eat apples?
  • Occasional
  • Peel, remove seeds and chop or shred finely.


bearded dragon food
  • Occasionally
  • Peel, remove pit and chop finely.
  • High in Vitamin A


can bearded dragons eat blackberries?
  • Occasionally
  • Rinse and chop in half.
  • High in fibre and calcium. Should only be offered as a treat due to calcium to phosphorus ratio. Also high in oxalic acid.


can bearded dragons eat blueberries?
  • Occasionally
  • Rinse and cut in half.
  • Contains Moderate Oxalates.


bearded dragon diet
  • Only feed Occasionally
  • Rinse, cut in half and remove pit.
  • Nice treat.

food for bearded dragons
  • Only feed Occasionally
  • Rinse and cut into Pieces.
  • High in fibre, calcium and phosphorus.


can bearded dragons eat figs?
  • Only feed Occasionally
  • Peel, chop finely
  • High in calcium and fibre with moderate Oxalates. Only give to adult dragons.


can bearded dragons eat grapes?
  • Only feed Occasional
  • Rinse, cut in half and remove seeds.
  • High in water and Oxalates. Only serves well as a treat.


beardie food
  • Only feed Occasional
  • Discard pit and peel. Finely chopped or crushed.
  • High in Vitamin A


can bearded dragons eat pears?

  • Only feed Occasionally
  • Peel, remove seeds and chop finely.
  • High in Oxalates and fibre.

bearded dragon diet

  • Only feed Occasionally
  • Peel, remove the pit and chop finely.
  • High Goitrogens.

can bearded dragons eat strawberries?
  • Only feed Occasionally
  • Rinse, remove the stems and tops. Cut into thin slices.
  • High in phosphorus and oxalates.


can a bearded dragon eat watermelon?

  • Only feed Occasionally 
  • Only feed the flesh, not the skin. Remove all seeds
  • Little nutrition, but high in water. Good for dehydrated bearded dragons.


can bearded dragons eat bananas?

  • Feed Rarely! 
  • Peel and chop finely
  • Very high in phosphorus, not good for calcium absorption. Try to avoid completely!


can bearded dragons eat kiwi?

  • Feed Rarely
  • Discard the peel and seeds. Finely chopped.
  • High In Vitamin C and Oxalates.


bearded dragon diet
  • Feed Rarely
  • Rinse and cut in half.
  • High in Fibre.

Food should always be washed thoroughly to ensure that all possible pesticides and bacteria are removed!

Always remove any skin, peel or seeds from any fruit or vegetable that you feed to your dragon.

Foods that Must NOT BE Fed to Your Bearded Dragon!

Bearded dragon food list

Here is a list of things that have a lack of dietary value or is poisonous and harmful to your dragon and Should Not be fed:

  • You should not feed any kinds of meat or chicken to your dragon. It can cause kidney damage because of the high protein.
  • Do not offer any lightning (fireflies) or boxeder bugs because they are lethal.
  • Fish - Some reptiles and turtles are able to eat fish but not bearded dragons. Fish is like a farm of bacteria and parasites so it is not a good choice as it is also poisonous to your bearded dragon.
  • Processed Meats - There is very little for a dragon to gain from inside turkey, ham, chicken, beef and any other meat that you can think of. (In the nutritional way) Meat is also very toxic to dragons. Do not forget that meat has been prepared with oils and preservatives and this is also toxic.
  • Dried pet food - This is poisonous to them and will lead to dehydration and severe calcium deficiency.
  • Avocado – Avocado is harmful and poisonous to bearded dragons. 

bearded dragon food list

  • Pinky Mouse – Very high in fat, little nutrition. There are tons of other more nutritious foods to feed your dragon. Silkworms are the better option. Contains more calcium and easier to digest.
  • Spinach - Calcium binds with spinach and that is why it should be avoided because the bearded dragon cannot digest it.

  • Lettuce and Iceberg Lettuce - (Only use if bearded dragon is dehydrated). This is not so bad for bearded dragons but is just a waste of your bearded dragon’s digestive system because it is mostly water. No nutritional value, can cause diarrhea.
  • Eggplant – Unknown toxicity for reptiles

bearded dragon diet - not to feed

  • Peas – Very high phosphorus to calcium ratio. Should be avoided at all times!
  • Citrus fruits like Oranges – Very high volume of citric acid. Should be avoided at all times!

bearded dragon food-avoid

  • Dairy products – Bearded dragons cannot properly digest dairy.
  • Chemically treated foods – If at all possible, rather buy organic fruits, veggies and greens.
  • Cabbage
  • Corn
  • Mushrooms
  • Rhubarb
  • Onions
  • Plants - Poisonous or not, a dragon will nibble on plants in its reach, it would be best if you check for any edibility before you put any plants in their cage or in their environment. Plants that are edible include hibiscus, ficus, geraniums, petunias, violets. Be aware to feed them fresh plants from the store. The plants in the store have been threatened with systemic pesticides, meaning it is poisonous to any animal and it will take 10-12 weeks to grow out. Washing it will not help a bit.

Be cautious to feed wild greens, veggies or live prey, It may contain pesticides or parasites!

What about Water for Bearded Dragons?

Bearded Dragons will seldom drink from their water bowls by themselves because they do not recognise still standing water. In their natural habitat they will get water from the moisture on the plants and rain. In captivity bearded dragons can get dehydrated very quickly and it is vital to add additional moisture.

Mist your beardie at least twice a day with a spray bottle. In warmer conditions, it is advised to do it at least 4 times a day. Cooler days will obviously be less. Most bearded dragons will lick the water that runs down their mouths. When this happens, you can offer more water. Make sure that the water is not too cold, but rather room temperature.

Bathing is another way to get them hydrated. Most beardies love a bath and will normally swim and drink by themselves.

You can, furthermore, put them by a water-bowl, with their front feet in the water and then tap the water to make it move so they can see it. Sometimes they will lower their head and start drinking. That said, always keep fresh water in their cages.

Bearded Dragon Diet - Facts and Tips 

bearded dragon diet - Tips

  • To make greens last longer you should spray it with clean water. By spraying the greens, it will also help to keep your bearded dragon hydrated. 

  • Remove live and dead prey from the cage if not eaten. Crickets and worms that are left can irritate your beardie or even bite him/her when sleeping at night. 

  • A beardie’s appetite diminishes when they turn into adults, but young ones will always have a big appetite. They will nibble their toes and tail tips if they do not get enough food or when they have to share a cage with a mate. They do this for sustenance. Something is wrong if your young one does not eat. The problem is most likely that the temperature is not right. (The temperature must be at least 95 degrees and at most 100 degrees (F) so that they can digest their food.) If they have a cage mate bigger than them, they can be intimidated. It can also be because they ate something that caused impaction. Seek help from a specialised reptile vet if his/her appetite does not improve within 3 days! There will be days when bearded dragons will not eat, especially adults. This can be caused by various factors like shedding, going into brumation, egg lying and so forth. In addition, if they had a big meal they will most likely not eat much the following day. However, if the lack of appetite goes along with other symptoms, it would be wise to seek advice from your vet. 

  • There are those bearded dragons that will take a lifetime to learn how to eat their veggies. Always be persistent and set up a feeding schedule. During the morning and early afternoon only offer greens and vegetables. Keep their proteins for the afternoon. Normally beardies will get hungry in the mornings and start eating their greens. 

  • Your bearded dragon should never be fed if his/her body temperature is too low. Always make sure that they bask at least an hour before eating. In addition, they should also bask for at least 2-3 hours after a meal to help them digest their food properly. In some instances beardies will go into their hides on the cool side of the cage after eating. If this happens, it is best to remove the hide for an hour after feeding to expose them to the much needed heat for digestion. Never feed your dragon(s) close to bedtime, they will not have enough heat to digest the food when sleeping. Preferably no later than 4pm in the afternoon.

  • Insects should be kept in a clean, sterile container with enough water and nutrient rich food. Sponges can be soaked in water and offered in small dishes. However, water gel works better and it is more hygienic. Live insects should always be gut loaded before it is offered to your beardie, this will ensure that your dragon gets nutrients from the Insects as well. 

gutloading feeders

  • When a bearded dragon is pregnant, you will have to provide more protein and more supplements. When a dragon is developing eggs her body process more nutrients than normally. Imagine the toll the mother-bearded dragon takes with 15 to 30 eggs developing in her. In addition, she should eat more calcium rich greens and don’t forget to dust her food with calcium at least every second day. After egg laying their bodies are starved from calcium, a good idea to keep up with the special diet for at least 2 weeks after laying eggs.

  • I personally do not recommend dry pellets. The nutritional value does not compare to fresh greens, veggies and fruits. In addition, your bearded dragon can become impacted if he/she consumes too many dry pellets. Leave a bowl of fresh greens, veggies or fruits for them to snack on during the day is a better way of caring for your bearded dragon.

Hope that the information above will help you to care for your bearded dragons dietary needs. Feel free to also check out the Bearded Dragon Diet - Questions and Answers

Please tell us a bit more about your own bearded dragon and his/her diet in the comments section. Always a treat to meat some new scaly friends! 


  1. Bearded dragons make wonderful pets, but as with any animal - knowledge of the needs for health and comfort are part of responsible pet ownership. Learn more about what your bearded dragon needs to stay healthy and happy.

  2. Wow, what a detailed list! Thanks so much, this will help a lot.

  3. O this is great, best food chart I have seen thus far, the pictures helps a lot. Thanks for taking so much time to put it togheter.

  4. Had no idea what a prickly pear looked like, these pictures were so helpful. Really great reference guide to keep healthy dragons, thanks so much for the time it must have taken to make it.

    1. Thanks for the positive reply, glad the list helped you. At first I did not know what a prickly pear looked like myself, it has various names in different countries hence the reason why I worked on a more detailed list.

    2. Just a fyi on the "dry pellets"...they are supposed to be soaked in water or fruit juice to soften before feeding. I mix these with the fresh green, veggies and fruit periodically and my dragons love them! Great list!

    3. I do not like recommending dry pellets for the sake of misunderstanding. Although there are plenty of brands that is good, there are also brands where the pellets is not good quality and contains preservatives and colorants. The good brands like the Exo Terra soft pellets are more costly and thus people tend to go for the cheaper makes that does more harm than good.

      In addition, I personally seen people giving dog, cat or hamster pellets to their dragons thinking that it is okay to do so when in fact, it is not. Another instance, some people will give the pellets as the main food source with not much else.

      Good quality brands without the colorants or artificial flavorants cannot do harm if soaked with 100% fruit juice or water as a addition to their diet. You do well, they still get their veggies, greens and fruits to keep their diet balanced.

  5. Awesome list, I just love the pictures with it, normally I do not know how some of the greens look and have to go back and forth googling it.

    Thank you, I have saved it in my bookmarks as reference.

    1. No Problem. Had the same problem when I got my first Beardie, so i thought this would be mush easier and simpler.

  6. Quick question, any and all of the prickly pear is good? No peeling? I have never done anything with them so I am hesitant on what to do.

    1. Hi. Yes, basicaly all prickly pear can be fed. I remove the skin, because I am a very paranoid person when it comes to my Bearded Dragons and what they eat.

  7. Are u suppose to cut there nail

    1. Yes, if it gets too long, you have to cut it. It needs to be cut above the "white" part of the nail to prevent bleeding. Basically, if the nail exceeds the white part, then it needs a trim.

      A better option would be to have them trim it themselves by climbing onto something like logs or rocks. Will keep the nails short. Slate as a substrate (floor covering) will also help to keep nails from growing too long.

      Over time the nails can curl inside, making it hard for them to walk properly. Always a great idea to provide a log or rock for them to climb, solves both problems at once.

  8. Awesome website! This has helped tremendously! :D

  9. HI.. Im fairly new with my Bearded Dragon And just wanted to know when to stop feeding him, Because he does not stop eating and I dont want to overfeed him..

  10. Feed him as much as he can eat in 6 to 8 minutes if he is juvenile and 8 to 10 minutes if he is an adult

  11. Is there a limit as to how much veggies I can feed my Bearded Dragon ? I do not want to overfeed her. I'm a very cautious person when it comes to my Bearded Dragons health.

    1. Useally a bearded dragon will stop eating when they have had enough. If you feed by hand, they will usally refuse to eat it or swallow the food once they have had enough.

  12. Since bearded dragons do eat a lot of plant material, it is rather easy to grow the things from their diet yourself. Having a diet list makes it quite easy to plan ahead what to grow when, thanks for the detailed list!

    1. Yes it does make it easier. Your welcome.

  13. Is it true that mealworms can be deadly to young dragons because of something called chitin?

    1. Yes this is true. Chitin is very bad for dragons especially the young ones which is why it should only be given rarely. The shell is also very hard to digest which can lead to impaction.

  14. This really helped me and I discovered that Swiss Chard like spinach and a few other greens (kale and so forth) contain high amounts of oxalates which prevents calcium absorption, leading to calcium deficiency and diseases.

    1. Yes, unfortunately there are a few things that are not good for them, but luckily there is quite a few that is. Glad to have helped.

    2. Kale actually does NOT contain high oxalates, that is a myth... people equate kale with spinach because they are two of the most popular “healthy greens”, but they are not even in the same plant family. Spinach is in the same family as swiss chard and rhubarb — all or those have high oxalates.
      Kale is in the same family as mustard greens, turnip greens, and collard greens... and out of those, collards have the highest oxalates by far! (450mg per 100g, vs only 20mg for kale. Collards have more than 20x as much oxalates as kale! These numbers come strwight from a USDA oxalic acid report)

  15. I always wondered what exactly the diet of a bearded dragon consisted of and thanks to this post, now I know. Thank you.

  16. I can tell the information for these recommended veggies cam straight from the “Beautifuldragons” nutrition website... because several things are wrong:
    1) It lists bok choy and kale as goitrogenic, but not others. In reality, EVERY plant in the Brassica family is goitrogenic, including mustard greens, turnip greens, and collards. So what makes those better staples than bok choy or kale? Answer: nothing. In fact, collards are WORSE because they are much higher in oxalic acid. And bok choy has one of the highest nutrient densities out there... while also having a good calcium ratio and very low oxalates. So what makes it only an “occasional” feeder... because it is goitrogenic? Just like collard greens?

    Speaking of nutrient density, you know what else is highly nutritious? Lettuce. Not iceberg lettuce, but according t the CDC, romaine lettuce and leaf lettuce have a VERY high nutrient density — higher than collard greens — so again... some of the info on this page is wrong, because it was taken straight from BeautifulDragons, which is also wrong.

    I’m also not sure where you got the info that hornworms are high in protein.. they have less protein than any other bug on this page.

    I have compiled my nutritional research (along with links to the sources) here: