Bearded Dragon Food List: 88 Things Your Dragon Is Allowed To Eat

bearded dragon food listIn my article What to feed a bearded dragon? I have showed you what you should know when it comes to bearded dragon diet. That article covers the basics. In this article I have created a Bearded Dragon Food List for you, to show you what you can feed your beardie and believe me that is a lot.

Bearded dragons are not very picky when it comes to food. If you throw a few crickets in your beardie tank, your dragon will jump on them and swallow every cricket one after another in one bit.

However if you love bearded dragons as much as I do, you want to make sure that your dragon stays healthy and therefore you should offer your beardie something new from time to time, especially if you haven an adult dragon. Do not feed crickets and normal salad all day.  You can choose of a huge variety of vegetables, fruits and live food.

Don´t worry, it doesn´t have to be a four-course menu, started with a variation of tuna and salmon, followed by a curry-lemongrass soup. …lol

Here comes the list

Now before you have a look at that list, please make sure you read this first:

Get started with Bearded Dragons in 5-Steps!

I have marked the stuff in that list.

  • Black means, that you can feed it to your beardie unhesistatingly.
  • Purple means, that you should not feed it too often.
  • Red means that you should feed it only rarely or do not feed it at all.


bearded dragon dietSalad

  • Chicory – Endives – Lollo Bionda – Lollo Rosso – Radicchio – Romaine lettuce – Arugula
  • Lamb’s lettuce
  • Iceberg lettuce – Cabbage lettuce

Vegetables

  • Radish green – Pumpkin (without skin, without seeds) – Carrots (complete) – Zucchini
  • Broccoli – Chinese cabbage – Cucumber – Kohlrabi leaves – Fennel leaves – Chard – Okra – Paprika – Leek – Brussels sprouts – Beetroot – Celery leaves – Starfuit – Tomato
  • Spinach – Radish 

Spices and Herbs

  • Basil – Savory – Dill – Catnip – Chervil – Cress – Lovage – Marjoram – Oregano – Lucerne – Lemon balm – Thyme – Chives – Sage – Rosemary – Peppermint
  • Parsley

Plants (House and Garden)

  • Rose petals and rose leaves – Hibiscus flowers and leaves – Pansy flowers

Plants (Wild)

  • Bindweed – Maple leaves – Borage – Grape leaves – Chick weed – Daisy – Rosehip flowers – Hazel leaves – Shepherd’s purse – Chamomile – Clover – Cornflower blossoms – Dandelion – Mallow – Evening primrose – Petunia flowers – Purslane – Marigold – Plantain – Violet

Fruits

  • Apple – Mango – Raspberries – Blueberries – Strawberries – Blackberries – Pear – Papaya
  • Banana – Kiwi


bearded dragon foodLive Food

  • Crickets – Locusts – Cockroaches
  • Mealworms – Zophobas – Wax moth larvaes
  • Baby rats – Baby mice

Things you should consider

As I said, I marked the food for you divided it into categories. Of course the safest way to provide a healthy food foryour beardie is to only feed the food which is marked black.

Not too much water

Bearded dragons do not drink very much even if you place a water bowl in your tank. They get their water from the food they eat. Most salads contain a lot of water and most of the times that´s enough for a beardie.

However you have to be very careful here. If you feed a lot of vegetables and fruits that contain a lot of water, your dragon could eventually suffer from diarrhea. This can lead to dehydration and, as you know, your bearded dragon could die from that. It is ironic somehow, but it´s the truth.

So make sure, you do not feed for example cucumber or tomato too often.

Not too much fruits

That´s a mistake a lot of people do, especially beginners and I have to admit, when I got my first beardie, I did it too: Feeding fruits too often.

When I was younger I thought it was cool that I could share a banana for example with my dragon. I had good intentions, but stomach and intestines of bearded dragons are not really made for fruits. Fruits contain a lot of sugars and acid, which can cause damage to the animals.

So you definitely can feed fruits, but you should not overdo it.

Spices and Herbs …don´t overdo it

Spices and herbs are great for bearded dragons. However you shouldn´t overdo it with that as well, because of the essential oils.

Small mammals

I like to keep it natural when it comes to bearded dragon care, but to be honest, I am not a big fan of feeding baby mice, or baby rats. I never did that and I do not plan to do it in the future.

Small mammals should only be fed to emaciated dragons or to pregnant beardies … but as I sad, I never did that and my pets are healthy.

What would you add?

So till now, that´s it from my site, but that does not mean, that we can´t add even more stuff to this list. What would you add to this list? I there anything I have forgotten? Tell me about in the comments below. Let´s create a valuable resource for bearded dragon lovers here!

If you want to order live food online, I give a few recommendations on that in this article.

Do you have any questions? Leave your questions in the comment section below. I always get back to my readers quickly.

All the best,

Pierre

Pierre

About the Author

Pierre

Hey! I am Pierre. I own bearded dragons and many other reptiles for a very long time. I know from experience that it can be very hard to find the right information about a specific reptile, since there is so much misinformation out there.That´s why I created this website. To help other people to have the best time with their reptiles.

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Dawn

Can you feed cooked carrots from the crock pot that have been soaking in beef broth and are now tender?

    Pierre

    Hey Dawn,

    I am sorry for my late answer.
    You know it depends… did you have seasoning or some kind of herbs in that crock pot too? If yes, I would absolutely not recommend to feed it to your dragon.

    Cheers,

    Pierre

    Elise

    Well I don’t know why you would, all the vitamins and essentials in the carrot have been cooked into the broth. If you want your beardie healthy I wouldn’t recommend it.

Bev

I feed my boy some celery leaves on occasion, cilantro and he loves yellow squash. Hes not big on baby Kale. I rotate things around as he gets bored with the same thing all of the time. But I always keep Romaine lettuce as his main part of his feeding.

Kylia

Hi! I just wanted to let you know how fantastic it is that I found this site! It has helped a lot and your color coding was a great idea. Just as a side note, one of our bearded dragons, Aesa, has a goiter, or should I say had. Thanks to your site, I looked up all kinds of herbs and spices, and found that catnip, just as a sprinkle every now and then has helped us keep our lizard healthy. Also if your beardie ever catches parasites from feeders, crickets, dubia roaches, it also helps clear their system too.

    Pierre

    Hey Kylia,

    thank you very much, I am happy that you like my site. Besides that I am sooo happy that you could help your dragon with the help of my site 🙂
    Fantastic and very informational comment!

    Thank you!

    Pierre

Ashley

Hello! Your site was wonderful to study before we brought home our new family member! I am seeing a million different suggestions for a juvenile bearded dragon diet. I know that they need mainly meat at this stage, but should he get a variety? Do I still need to get some zoo med juvenile food? Help!

    Pierre

    Hey Ashley,

    thank you for your comment. I am very happy to hear that. That is why I created this website 🙂

    To be honest, feeding a baby bearded dragon is pretty easy. First of all you need to make sure that the food fits perfectly into the baby´s mouth. So everything you feed your baby has to be very small.
    You can feed locusts, crickets and even soldier fly larvaes and mealworms from time to time.

    Especially the soldier fly larvae has a lot of calcium which is very important for your baby now.

    Make sure that the dragon gets enough calcium and Vitamin D.
    Use a calcium powder like this one.

    Use a good UVB light for Vitamin D. I am sure you already know that, but just in case 🙂 Here is my article on beardie lighting!

    Hope this helps!

    Pierre

Steff

I am a new Dragon Mom, and have been reading every thing I can to care for it properly. The problem is about food. One site says it can eat things another site says it can’t. How do I know what is correct? Help!

    Pierre

    Hey Steff,

    sorry for my late reply, I am currently on vacation.

    If you have a baby you can simply feed it a lot of SMALL crickets and locusts.

    Give it mealworms from time to time as treats.

    I know that there is a lot of information on the internet and it can be pretty confusing. However with small crickets and locusts you are on the safe side.

    If you have an adult bearded dragon, feed acording to my bearded dragon food list.

    Pierre

Tobylee Sparrow

Hey can I feed my beardies the basil stems?

    Pierre

    Hey Tobylee,

    sorry for my late answer, I was on vacation 🙂
    Basil is fine for bearded dragons, however I have never been asked particularly about the stems.

    I assume that the stems are absolutely fine, but to be on the safe side, I would stick with feeding the leaves only.

    Cheers,

    Pierre

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