43 Foods Bearded Dragons Can And Cannot Eat

43 Foods Bearded Dragons Can And Cannot Eat

Bearded dragons are cool reptiles that many people enjoy having as pets.

As a pet owner it is important to know what your pets can eat and cannot eat so that they live a full and healthy life.

If you give your bearded dragon the wrong food they can become very ill and need to go to see a veterinarian right away.

Therefore carefully read through this list of 43 foods your bearded dragon can and cannot eat to get a better idea of the types of foods you should be feeding them.

Please note this is not an exhaustive list and if you want more details you should speak to a local pet shop or your veterinarian to get more details.

Additionally we have a second guide on types of foods bearded dragons can eat that you can check out as well.

The key to feeding vegetables and fruit is moderation and variation so that your bearded dragon does not eat too much of a bad thing.

The main things you should be extra concerned about when it comes to your bearded dragons diet is:

  • Phosphorus – this will block the intake or conversion of calcium and therefore for every gram of phosphorus content they eat there needs to be 2 grams of calcium eaten as well. The 1:2 ratio of phosphorus to calcium content.
  • Goitrogens – can cause Thyroid Gland issues such as swelling because it inhibits the intake of Iodine
  • Vitamin A & D3 – bearded dragons can actually overdose on these vitamins so you need to be careful what you feed them. From UVB they get Vitamin D3 and therefore you don’t want to have other supplements with it in them
  • Oxalic Acid  – It will bind with calcium to form calcium oxalate which is bad because it isn’t very soluble and can stop absorption

Therefore as mentioned above the key is moderation and if you are unsure just speak with your veterinarian or even better a herpetologists (someone who studies reptiles).

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Can Bearded Dragons Eat Apples?

Yes, but first remove the peel and core. Make sure to only give occasionally to your beardie.

Can Bearded Dragons Eat Asparagus?

For young dragons asparagus is a good source of protein so yes on ocassion you can give this veggie to your bearded dragon.

Can Bearded Dragons Eat Avocados?

Never! Avocados are toxic to lizards and could possibly cause them to die!

Can Bearded Dragons Eat Basil?

Yes – you can actually give basil daily to your bearded dragon. A few fresh leaves are a great source of Vitamin A and calcium.

Can Bearded Dragons Eat Bell Peppers?

Yes, on occasion and within moderation. The red bell peppers are the ones they are most interested in eating compared to green and yellow and are also higher in vitamin C which is great. The higher vitamin C content offsets the oxalic acid which is also helpful.

Can Bearded Dragons Eat Blackberries?

Only as a treat and within moderation but yes they can eat a few blackberries. Due to the phosphorus to calcium ratio and oxalic acid content too much of this fruit would be bad for their health. They are however a good source of Vitamin C.

Can Bearded Dragons Eat Blueberries?

Yes, on occasion as a treat.

Can Bearded Dragons Eat Broccoli?

Yes, but very rarely. The issue is the goitrogen and oxalates that it contains which isn’t good for a beardies health. It however is also high in Vitamin C which is great for their health.

Can Bearded Dragons Eat Brussel Sprouts?

Yes, but only rarely as they are high in goitrogen which are bad for their health. On the positive side they are high in some vitamins that are good for them.

Can Bearded Dragons Eat Cabbage?

Yes, but only rarely. Make sure the cabbage is raw and washed before you give it to them. Feed rarely as it can cause Anaemia.

Can Bearded Dragons Eat Carrots?

Yes, on occasion because it is good in Vitamin A which can help to offset the oxalates that the carrots contain.

Can Bearded Dragons Eat Cauliflower Leaves?

Can Bearded Dragons Eat Cauliflower Leaves

Yes, but only on rare occasions. However it would be better to feed to the insects instead.

Can Bearded Dragons Eat Cherry Tomatoes?

Yes, but only very small pieces because they are high in acid content and too much would make them ill.

Can Bearded Dragons Eat Chicken?

No!  Even though chicken is high in protein it is also high in phosphorus content and therefore bad for them. As well if its raw it could cause salmonella which dragons are susceptible to. Also cooked chicken is questionable at best.

Can Bearded Dragons Eat Corn?

No, corn is very high in oxalates and phosphorus content and therefore not an ideal food for them to eat.

Can Bearded Dragons Eat Crickets?

Yes on a regular daily basis you can give them brown and black crickets. It is good to give them a few every day and even more often for babies.

The best way to feed crickets to them is to gut load them first which means to give them vegetables an hour before.

Also it is best to give them live ones from a pet shop or supplier rather than frozen or ones from the wild.

Can Bearded Dragons Eat Cucumbers?

Yes, but not ideal to be feed to them as they do not possess any nutritional value to them and are a better source of water instead.

Can Bearded Dragons Eat Dandelions?

Yes – on a daily basis they are great as they are a great source of Vitamin A and calcium. The flowers are edible but be careful there are no pesticides on them.

Can Bearded Dragons Eat Earthworms?

No. These are not good for your beardies health. You are better to stick with mealworms instead.

Do not capture earthworms from the garden or the wild or purchase from a bait shop to give to your bearded dragon.

Can Bearded Dragons Eat Eggs?

Only hardboiled ones and in small quantities as a treat.

Can Bearded Dragons Eat Fish?

Nope. There is too much risk for them to eat fish such as them carrying parasites and also the bones within them that are dangerous if eaten.

Can Bearded Dragons Eat Grapes?

Yes, as a small treat on occasion.  The red or green ones are most likely best and should be chopped up into small pieces.  They are high in sugar and oxalates which are bad for them but also a great source of water and fiber.

Can Bearded Dragons Eat Grasshoppers?

It would be best to stick to locusts unless your reptile store provides them and says they are safe. Never find them in your garden or the wild and feed them to your bearded dragon.

Can Bearded Dragons Eat Lettuce?

Nope! The vegetable is likely to cause diarrhea and has no nutritional value for them.

Can Bearded Dragons Eat Locusts?

Yes, daily they are great for their diet. Make sure you gut load your bearded dragon first with greens an hour before and then give locusts as they have very little nutritional value for the dragon. Another good thing to do is dust them with calcium too.

Can Bearded Dragons Eat Kale?

Yes – on occasion. Moderation is key because they are high in oxalates and goitrogens which are bad for them but also high in Vitamin A and calcium.

Can Bearded Dragons Eat Mealworms?

Yes, but not often as they are high in fat and phosphorates.

The good thing about mealworms is that they can help your bearded dragon put on weight.

Make sure you avoid mealworms that are due to malt because of the chitin and hard skin can cause digestive issues.

Can Bearded Dragons Eat Mice?

Can Bearded Dragons Eat Mice

Only for fully grown adult bearded dragons and only pinkie mice. This should only be a rare treat for them.

Can Bearded Dragons Eat Mushrooms?

No! Mushrooms have a high phosphorus content and can be poisonous to them.

Can Bearded Dragons Eat Oranges?

No. You cannot feed oranges to a bearded dragon as they are high in citric acid which can cause digestive issues for these dragons.  Overall it is best to avoid citrus fruits when it comes to bearded dragons.

Many other vegetables are safer and still provide Vitamin A and C for them.

Can Bearded Dragons Eat Pears?

Yes but only on occasion as they are high in oxalic acid.

Can Bearded Dragons Eat Peas?

Yes, but not recommended as they have a very high phosphorus to calcium ratio which is dangerous for these dragons.

A much safer option is feeding them the pods or the leaves.

Can Bearded Dragons Eat Pineapples?

Yes – but only as a treat on occasion as they are very sweet!

Can Bearded Dragons Eat Plums?

Yes, on occasion.

Can Bearded Dragons Eat Pumpkins?

Yes. Once in awhile you can give pumpkin to them and it seems that most squashes are fine for them to eat as they are high in calcium, Vitamin A and fibre.

Can Bearded Dragons Eat Rhubarb?

No! They are highly toxic and could be fatal if eaten by your dragon. They are high in oxalates which are extremely bad for them to eat.

Can Bearded Dragons Eat Rocket?

Yes, on a regular basis.

Can Bearded Dragons Eat Rose Petals?

Yes, but only on rare occasions. They usually love to eat rose petals but you need to be wary of pesticides and fertilizers that may have been applied to the flowers.

Can Bearded Dragons Eat Spiders?

No, it is not recommended that you feed spiders to them as some can possibly be venomous and you will never know. Additionally spiders can possibly be carrying parasite that are bad for your dragons health.

Can Bearded Dragons Eat Strawberries?

Can Bearded Dragons Eat Strawberries

Yes, on occasion as a treat. Never too many though as they contain a lot of sugar. The best part of feeding strawberries to your bearded dragon is that it looks like they have applied lipstick when they are done eating this fruit.

Can Bearded Dragons Eat Tomatoes?

Yes – only small pieces though and occasionally as this fruit is high in acid content.

Can Bearded Dragons Eat Watercress?

Yes, they can but as long as it is only occasionally as it is very high in oxalic acid which bad for them. However it is also high in Vitamin C and A which is great.

Can Bearded Dragons Eat Watermelon?

Yes, on occasion but in moderation.