Pets & Animal Reptiles

Bearded Dragon Food Guidelines To Follow

When it comes to feeding your bearded dragon, there are some very important guidelines you need to follow.
These lizards have some strict but easy to understand needs.
One very important food they need is vegetables.
As with other reptiles their main food is usually live insects such as crickets and meal worms.
This is not true for the bearded dragon, their main needs are greens, fruits, and vegetables.
Keep this in mind when you are preparing your bearded dragon food.
Some of the best types of vegetables for your dragon are: Greens: This consist of Collard Greens, Mustard Greens, and Spinach, please DO NOT ever feed your beardie iceberg lettuce.
Ice berg lettuce can kill your beardie.
Carrots: Carrots are very important to your beardies growth, the ingredients inside help promote nutrients.
Some other good foods include but are not limited to, are, squash, zucchini, kale and others.
Fruits: Beardies love fruits of all kinds, most love strawberries, mango's, kiwi.
These fruits are very good for them.
You can also feed them grapes, apples, As with most foods, be careful on the amount you feed them.
Feed your bearded dragon food that he/she can eat within about 15 minutes and remove all uneaten portions as they will spoil and harm your beardie.
Make sure all vegetables are cut up into small pieces, the best way to do this is to judge the distance between your beardie's eyes, this is how big the pieces should be.
If the pieces are too big the beardie can choke on them.
If too small some beardies will not eat them.
Your bearded dragon should be fed no more than twice a day once in the morning and once in the evening.
A good rule to follow is to feed them about an hour after you turn on their lights and again about an hour before turning their lights off.
Keep their food and water dishes clean everyday.
Do not use harsh soaps or detergents as the residue can harm your beardie.
Make sure to thoroughly rinse with warm water to help kill any left over bacteria.
Bearded Dragon food can also consist of crickets and meal worms, it is a good idea to schedule these into your beardies food schedule once a week or so.
They do have good nutrient value but also are very high on fat content.
So feed to your beardie sparingly.
Another important part of your beardies food is to add calcium supplements to their food.
This can be done easily by purchasing powder calcium/vitamins and sprinkling on their food.
This is especially important to do if you are raising a female for breeding purposes.
These guys will usually always look and act hungry, please do not be tempted to feed them more than what they eat within 15 minutes after feeding them.
Over feeding can not only lead to an overweight bearded dragon but can also cause some serious health issues.
Following these simple steps can ensure you will have a happy and healthy bearded dragon for years to come.
I hope this information has been helpful for you and your beardie.

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