Feeding your bearded dragon
Bearded dragons are omnivorous. They will eat both insects and vegetables. Adult dragons will also eat pinky mice, baby lizards and anything else they find tasty. They tend to do best on a varied diet based primarily of vegetables.
Bearded dragons will need there greens chopped up. The smaller the reptile the more finely chopped. A good mix of vegetables for these lizards are raw shredded carrots, collard greens, dandelion greens, mustard greens, kale, and frozen vegetables like carrots, peas, and beans. You should avoid spinach and broccoli because too much can be harmful. Bearded dragons also like green leaf and romaine lettuce but these should be used sparingly due to the limited nutrional value. Vegetables should be fed to your animal daily. All these foods are easily attained in the produce section of your local grocery store.
Common insects available for reptiles are crickets, mealworms, superworms, and wax worms. Bearded dragons will usually eat all types of insects. The insects should be gut loaded before feeding them to your pet lizard. Gut loading is just feeding them a nutritious meal before giving them to your bearded dragon. This way they pass along the nutrients to your lizard. There are many commercially available cricket and insect diets for gut loading. Insects should be a part of your bearded dragon’s diet every other day.
Your pet bearded dragon will need a calcium and vitamin D3 supplement. If your lizard is lacking D3 and calcium it can get metabolic bone disease which can be fatal. The supplement will come in a powder form which you can sprinkle on the vegetables or coat the insects. The easiest way to coat insects is to place them in a bag or cup and shake them around. You should add the supplement to your adult bearded dragon’s diet about once a week. Breeding females, babies, and juveniles will need them more often.
WaterWater is very important. Keep a water dish in a beardies enclosure at all times. Clean it out every day, as waste materials tend to go in the water dish. (make sure that a baby beardie doesn’t have a too deep water dish)
Is Your Beardie refusing to drink water?A trick that you could do is, while your beardie is getting soaked, drip water down there nose. And the tend to start licking the drops. Another way is to make a little puddle on a clean flat surface (like a desk or a table) and usually a beardie will see the puddle and dive for it and start to drink.
Baby beardie not eating greens?
If your baby beardie isn’t eating greens, try putting some Waxworms underneath a pile of greens. (anything that moves catches a beardie’s eye) Or try offering greens in the morning before they have crickets, that way they are hungry and have no choice but to eat. (if those don’t work, just offer greens, and in mid afternoon give them crickets if they don’t eat the greens)