Bearded dragons

what greens can bearded dragons eat

Food For Bearded Dragons

Bearded dragons, also known as ‘Pogonas’, are one of the most popular reptiles to keep as a pet. They need varied nutrition to stay healthy, with a majority of their diet coming from fresh, leafy greens. Here’s a list of the best greens to feed your Bearded Dragon:


  • Endive – A light yellow-green in color, with a bitter but not unpleasantly so taste. Endive is an excellent source of vitamin A, B6, C and K, and also contains significant amounts of calcium and phosphorus.
  • Collard Greens – These greens are high in vitamin A and C and also contain a good amount of calcium. Collard greens should be finely chopped before feeding to a Bearded Dragon to make sure they can digest them properly.
  • Mustard Greens – Another vitamin-packed green, mustard greens also contain a decent amount of calcium. Serve them fresh and lightly steamed, as boiling them will destroy some of the nutritious value.
  • Kale – A dark green vegetable, easily found in most grocery stores, kale is an excellent source of vitamin A and calcium. Steam lightly and chop into small pieces before feeding to your Bearded Dragon.
  • Turnip Greens – Rich in iron, turnip greens should be chopped and lightly steamed before feeding to a Bearded Dragon. Feed in small amounts, and watch for signs of indigestion, such as pasty stool, which can happen if too much is eaten.
  • Swiss Chard – High in calcium and iron, Swiss Chard should be lightly steamed and served fresh to get the full nutritional value. Be careful not to overfeed, as chard contains a good amount of oxalates, which can bind calcium and render it unavailable for your Bearded Dragon.
  • Arugula – Arugula is a slightly peppery green that is high in calcium and iron. Serve lightly steamed or raw in small amounts, as the slightly bitter taste can cause digestive issues if too much is eaten.
  • Cilantro – A herb often found in Mexican and Spanish cuisine, cilantro is high in calcium and vitamins A, C, and K. Avoid overfeeding, as cilantro contains essential oils that can be harmful to reptiles.

Bearded Dragons should get around 70-80% of their diet from greens. Offer a different type each time, and watch your pet closely to make sure they are eating enough, and that they seem to be enjoying the dishes. In addition, on the rare occasion you can serve other vegetables such as bell peppers, squash, and carrots.


Bearded Dragons also love protein, although it should not make up more than 20-30% of their diet. Offer insects such as crickets, wax worms, superworms, silkworms, and other feeder insects that can be found at pet stores.

Fruits & Veggies

Fruits and vegetables should only be given occasionally, and in moderation. You can offer blueberries, strawberries, apples, oranges, peaches, kiwi fruit, mango, cantaloupe, and other fruits in small pieces. Vegetables can include cooked pumpkin, squash, sweet potatoes, and peas.

Giving your Bearded Dragon lots of nutritious food will keep them healthy and active. With the right diet, and lots of attention, your lizard friend can live a long and happy life.

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