Bearded Dragons are medium sized lizards that are commonly kept as pets. If you just brought home your new pet, or if you and your Bearded Dragon go way back (they can live 10+ years) you might be interested to find out what you’re little lizard is craving most.
From sweet tropical fruits, green cruciferous vegetables, and their absolute favorite, worms and crickets, bearded dragons love having a varied diet of simple, natural, and omnivorous cuisine.
Keep reading to discover the top 10 foods you should feed your Bearded Dragon.
Bearded Dragons are healthy little eaters if you know what to feed them. Bearded dragons that are over 12 months old should have a diet that consists of 80 percent fruits and veggies, 20 percent insects.
Papaya is a fruit suggested to be a part of your lizard’s daily diet because it is a good source of fiber. To prepare papaya for your bearded dragon to eat peel the papaya, remove the seeds and finely shred or chop the fruit. Your bearded dragon will devour this simple exotic fruit.
Kiwi is a real treat for Bearded Dragon’s to eat but it should only be given to them on an occasional basis.
Fresh Kiwi provides Bearded Dragons with Vitamin C but it also comes with a high amount of oxalic acid which can bind calcium – this isn’t something you want to happen. So while it is safe to feed your Bearded Dragon Kiwi, it’s best to only do so maybe twice a month (but they sure do love it!).
Bearded Dragons can enjoy a nice raw fig about once a week and benefit from the fiber and calcium it provides. Figs are usually dried so when feeding them to your Bearded Dragon make sure that you cut them up into small pieces first.
Figs are considered to be another special treat so they make a great snack for your pet. You won’t find a better source of calcium for your lizard than what’s in a Fig.
Broccoli is a vegetable you can feed your Bearded Dragon on an occasional basis just like Figs. If you haven’t noticed a theme here yet – Bearded Dragons need comprehensive but varied diets.
Broccoli in moderation is great for your lizard, but feed your pet too much Broccoli and the vegetable can suppress thyroid function. Broccoli stalks and leaves can be fed to your Bearded Dragon as long as they are finely chopped and shredded first.
Also, broccoli and other green vegetables are powerhouses of nutrition and include much more protein than you may realize.