Bearded Dragon

Treats may consist of flower blossoms and infrequent small amounts of dog food. Commercial pellets are marketed for bearded dragon, but they haven’t been tested long-term.

Bearded Dragon Greenwood AR

“Fonzy”, one of our bearded patients

Feeding Schedule for bearded dragon

Baby bearded dragons are fed twice daily and eat only small moving prey, such as 2-week-old crickets. As a general rule, dragons are fed crickets with a body length no greater than the width of the dragon’s head. However, salads should be introduced at this early age so they are accustomed to eating greens and vegetables as they mature. As the dragon grows, the size of the live prey increases and intake of salad increases.

Juvenile bearded dragons are growing rapidly and need plenty of food offered daily. Hungry juveniles housed together will nip the toes and tail-tips of their cage mates.

Adult bearded dragon can be fed daily or every second day and prefer a diet of about 55% salad, 20% vegetables and 25% prey.


Bearded dragon thrive in low humidity. Drinking water should be provided in a shallow bowl or saucer. Dragons will often soak in their water bowl and may defecate in their water. Drinking and soaking bowls should be cleaned at least daily.


Should be spacious and easy to clean, with smooth sides to prevent rostral abrasions.

Should be the size of a 10-gallon tank for a baby dragon; adults need large enclosures of 4 x 2 feet.

Should be large enough for climbing, exploration, and basking.

Contain thick climbing branches or rocks to support heavy-bodied dragons.

Include a large, shallow water tray for soaking.

Have access to food and water containers for frequent cleaning.

Include acceptable substrates: newspaper, alfalfa pellets, cypress mulch, organic (recycled) cellulose fiber.

Provide a hiding area, such as a cardboard box or plant pot.



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