Feeding Your Bearded Dragon
Bearded dragons are a popular pet choice for many reptile owners, and they can be a great companion. However, with any pet, you must follow a regimented schedule to keep them healthy and happy. For bearded dragons, that means knowing how often to feed them.
How Often Should I Feed My Bearded Dragon?
Bearded dragons are omnivores, meaning they eat both plants and animals. They need to be fed a variety of fresh food items, including:
- Vegetables – bell peppers, kale, squash, bok choy, etc.
- Fruits – apples, pears, oranges, tomatoes, etc.
- Live insects – crickets, mealworms, waxworms, etc.
Typically, a growing bearded dragon should be fed 2-3 times per day, with a feeding schedule that changes based on the dragon’s age. For young dragons, their meals should be smaller but more frequent, multiple times throughout the day.
How Much Should I Feed My Bearded Dragon?
The amount of food depends on the age and size of your dragon. Each dragon will have its own unique caloric needs. Generally, an adult should consume around 20-30 crickets per day in addition to a wide variety of vegetables and fruits. For young dragons, their meal should be made up of a similar ratio of insects and plants, but in smaller quantities.
It’s very important to keep track of what your bearded dragon eats, how much they eat, and how often they eat, so you can ensure they are eating a nutritionally balanced diet.