Bearded dragons have become popular exotic pets since they were introduced to the United States in the 1990s. With a healthy and specific diet, they can live a long time.

Can They Eat That? Feeding Your Bearded Dragon
When Mushu was a juvenile bearded dragon, he loved his crickets.
Photo by Beth Anne Freely Rauch.

When my daughter bought a bearded dragon a few years ago, neither one of us had any idea what to feed them. We knew juvenile bearded dragons ate crickets. They liked crickets fattened up on protein. She bought a second bearded dragon a few months later. We watched them grow and adjusted their diet as they got bigger.

Bearded Dragons Are Omnivores

Bearded dragons eat plants and animals. Juvenile bearded dragons can be fed a diet that is 80% bugs, such as crickets, cockroaches, and earthworms, and 20% plant matter. Some juvenile bearded dragons will like things like broccoli or carrots. Some may not. If you have a problem getting them to eat vegetables, feed them as many insects as you can in a fifteen-minute period. Do this a few times a day.

Adult bearded dragons eat the exact opposite. 80% of their diet should vegetables and plant matter. 20% of their diet can be bugs and insects. Mushu and Boo, my daughter’s bearded dragons, get hornworms as a treat. Boo loves broccoli and scrambled eggs. Mushu loves banana and collard greens.

A word of warning. Don’t feed your bearded dragons insects you find outside your home. They could be laced with insecticide and could harm your bearded dragon.

Bearded Dragons Can Eat a Variety of Fruits and Vegetables

Bearded dragons eat and enjoy a wide variety of fruits and vegetables. You need to balance what you give them. Feed them different colors of food, just like a human. Fruits should be fed to your bearded dragon as a treat because of the natural sugars in them. If you are not sure what to feed them, check with your local pet store to get a list.

Water Is Important to Your Beaded Dragon

Fresh water should be given to your bearded dragon daily. We bought small animal water bowls for Boo and Mushu that only need to be changed once a week… unless they kick dirt into them, Boo. You can see the bowl in the above picture.

Beware of the Bearded Dragons Environment When Feeding

Can They Eat That? Feeding Your Bearded Dragon
Water is important for bearded dragons.
Photo by Caitlyn Carpenter.

Because juvenile bearded dragons are not as accurate with their eating, they might eat some substrate you used in their tank. Juvenile bearded dragons cannot digest this, so it is recommended that you feed them outside the tank.