How Often Do You Feed a Bearded Dragon (Feeding Chart by Age)

If you’re a first-time owner, understanding how to properly feed your bearded dragon can feel somewhat like rocket science! 

From figuring out what veggies and insects to feed them, to how often feed a bearded dragon at any age, to even understanding how to use vitamins and supplements… let’s all agree that getting started with a bearded dragon definitely requires doing some research!

It is my hope that no matter how old your bearded dragon is… that this post will answer any question you have in regard to not only how often to feed them, but also what to feed them as well. 

The chart below is a handy guide to help you remember important information. But there’s a lot of information we couldn’t squeeze into it, so be sure to keep reading!

How Often Do Adult Bearded Dragons Eat?

Adult bearded dragons, or those older than 18 months, will need to be fed just once a day every day. Now, if you miss a day here and there it will by no means be the end of the world. But, you really should strive to feed your bearded dragon once daily.

How Many Crickets to Feed an Adult Bearded Dragon

An adult bearded dragon will be one that has reached full sexual maturity. This typically happens around 18 months of age. It is at this point that their diet should consist of only around 20% protein, with the rest being that of a fresh salad.

Healthy adult bearded dragons should eat around 10 crickets per day OR 20 crickets every other day.

How Many Mealworms to Feed a Bearded Dragon

Although many vets or inexperienced owners will advocate for mealworms… they’re actually NOT that great for your beardie.

Mealworms are comprised of a VERY hard chitlin exoskeleton which is difficult on a bearded dragon’s digestive track. Mealworms have been known to lead to such issues as impaction. On top of this, they also contain very little nutritional value. Bottom line? Choose a different feeder like crickets, Dubias, or Super Worms.

How Many Super Worms to Feed a Bearded Dragon

Since super worms are so rich in protein, you won’t need to overload your bearded dragon with them. As such, you should aim to be feeding your adult bearded dragon around 7 to 10 super worms on an every other day basis. 

How Often Do Baby Bearded Dragons Need to Eat?

Much like a human baby, baby bearded dragons NEED to eat multiple times a day. For babies under 3 months, aim to feed them 5 times a day.

Babies 3-6 months should be fed 3-4 times a day, while those six months old should be fed 3 times a day, working their way down to 2 times a day as they approach a year of age.

On a personal note, I remember many moons ago having my first bearded dragon how lost I was! Having been new to reptiles at the time, I simply assumed my baby only needed to eat like twice a day… Boy was I WRONG!

Fortunately, it wasn’t long until I noticed her growth stall that I realized my poor girl needed to E-A-T! So, rest assured… if you’ve been underfeeding I TOTALLY get it. As long as you make the necessary adjustments, this is a judgement free zone 😉 

PRO TIP: Around 12 months of age, be prepared to start incorporating more veggies into your bearded dragon’s diet. The ratio at this time should be around 70% veggies and 30% protein.

How Many Crickets to Feed a Baby Bearded Dragon

how many crickets to feed a baby bearded dragon
Crickets, along with dusted calcium AND multi-vitamin supplements are essentially the ONLY staples in any baby bearded dragon’s diet.

A little bit of a hotly debated topic, you’ll get a different answer depending on who you talk to…

While some owners believe babies should be allowed to eat as much as they want in 5-10 minute intervals 3-5 times a day, others believe in capping their total cricket intake at around 50 crickets a day, give or take 10-20. 

However, here is what the MAJORITY of owners will recommend… 

For babies under 3 months, feed them as many crickets as they’ll eat in 5-10 minute increments 5 times a day. For babies 3 to 12 months old, reduce these feedings to just 4 times a day, then 3 times a day, and eventually 2 times a day by the time they’re 12 months of age.  

How Long can a Bearded Dragon Go Without Eat?

Just like with people, this answer will slightly vary depending on the current health of said bearded dragon. I’ve actually already taken the liberty of writing a really comprehensive post discussing this very question, so you should definitely check it out to learn the surprising answer!

Can You Overfeed a Bearded Dragon?

Oh yes! Just like people, bearded dragons can become overweight from an over-indulgent diet. In fact, obesity can become quite a problem in adult bearded dragons and as such, is something no owner should take lightly.

Typically, obesity in adults occurs when the diet is overly rich in yummy things (Read: insects) and deficient in veggies. Funny how that seems to apply no matter the species, eh?

What Can Bearded Dragons Eat Everyday?

In short? GREENS! You should be feeding your bearded dragon that is 12 months of age and older greens EVERY. SINGLE. DAY. 

However, don’t let uneaten veggies sit around for longer than 20-30 minutes if you can help it. This will prevent things like mold and bacteria from spreading in the tank. Same goes for feeders be they dead or alive. 

Do Bearded Dragons Need to Eat Every Day?

While bearded dragons don’t absolutely need to eat every day, you SHOULD feed them every day.

Now, ff your bearded dragon has to go a day or so without eating because you’re out of town briefly, they should be fine. Just don’t make this a regular occurrence.

What is the Best Thing to Feed a Bearded Dragon?

Bearded dragon eating dubia roach
There truly is NO better, more reliable, and safe source of protein for a bearded dragon than a Dubia Roach!

In terms of protein, there is no better option than Dubia roaches.

In short? Dubias are very easy to digest, are protein-rich, and tend to be safer than crickets which can carry parasites.

You could also feed them Phoenix worms which are so rich in calcium you won’t even need to dust them every time! However, Phoenix worms can be expensive, so just be prepared to splurge…

Crickets are going to be your next best bet after Dubias and Phoenix worms, though they’re definitely not as protein-rich and can be quite dirty if you want to breed them. (Just a head’s up… they can also be quite stinky!)

Although Dubia Roaches and Phoenix Worms pack more protein and tend to be cleaner, there’s NO denying just how easily accessible and cost effective crickets are. 

Another feeder that you can feed are mealworms, although they should never be given to a dragon younger than 2 years as their hard chitlin shell is very hard to digest. Because of this, you won’t want to make mealworms your adult bearded dragon’s staple feeder either, but more of an occasional treat.

Truth be told, there are 9 great feeders you can give your bearded dragon for a protein-rich diet… do you know them all?

In terms of the best vegetables… you’re going to want to offer dark leafy greens like collard, endive, dandelion, and the like.

How Many Dubia Roaches to Feed a Bearded Dragon

Baby bearded dragons 3 months old and younger should consume 10-20 Dubias three times a day until they’re 4 months old.

Between 4 and 12 months of age, give them 10-15 Dubias twice daily, working your way down to one feeding by the time they’re one year old.

For an adult bearded dragon that is 18 months and older give them 10-20 Dubias just one to three times a week, depending on their weight.

Now, if your bearded dragon is pregnant or underweight, you will want to boost their protein intake.

If your bearded dragon is pregnant… you’ll ESPECIALLY want to up her calcium intake as well since egg-laying will deplete her calcium store!

The same goes for scrawny or underweight bearded dragons that need to be fattened up!

How Many Crickets to Feed a Baby Bearded Dragon a Day

Now, if you aren’t able to get Dubia roaches for your baby dragon, your next best bet is going to be crickets. A baby 4 months and under should eat between 30 and 60 crickets a day over the course of 3 10 minute feedings.

A baby between the ages of 4 months and a year should eat between 20 and 40 crickets over the course of 2 feedings. Once they’ve reached a year, go down to one feeding a day of 10 to 20 crickets.

PRO TIP: You’ll also want to dust the feeders with calcium AND a multivitamin. Dust a baby bearded dragon’s food with calcium 4-5 times a week, no more than once a day and provide a multivitamin 2 to 3 times a week. For healthy adults, dust their food three times a week and offer them a multivitamin just once a week.

What Vegetables CAN Bearded Dragons Eat?

what vegetables can a bearded dragon eat
Fun Fact: The ONLY thing you can let your bearded dragon indulge in ALL day, EVERY day is a nice, fresh salad!

As your bearded dragon ages, you’ll want to switch them from a protein-heavy diet to one with more veggies. Their adult diet should be 70-80% veggies with the rest being comprised of insects. 

The vegetables a bearded dragon can eat include…

  1. collard greens
  2. kale
  3. mustard greens
  4. turnip greens
  5. bell peppers (raw)
  6. butternut squash
  7. carrots
  8. cucumber (peeled)
  9. endive
  10. okra (raw)
  11. spaghetti squash
  12. pumpkin
  13. parsnips

Want a more thorough list? Check out EVERYTHING you can feed your bearded dragon in this comprehensive post! 

What Can’t Bearded Dragons Eat?

Luckily, this one is simple: They should NOT eat MOST things. If in doubt it’s not for them. Only feed them the foods on the relatively short and simple list of things you know to be good for them.

Basically, any food that isn’t an approved feeder (crickets, Dubia Roaches, Mealworms, super worms) or an approved vegetable or fruit is not going to work.

Here are just a few examples of foods to NEVER feed a bearded dragon: 

  1. Dairy products (cheese, milk, yogurt, ice cream, etc.)
  2. Avocado
  3. Meat (red meat, sea food, poultry, etc.)
  4. Wild caught insects
  5. Spinach 
  6. Lettuce (loose leaf and iceberg)
  7. Onion
✅PRO TIP: In addition to things a bearded dragon should NEVER eat… there’s also quite a few things they can only enjoy on RARE occasions. To ensure you’re not feeding them too much of these types of food, check out our Full Bearded Dragon Diet Guide. We also have a dedicated guide on strawberries, as some owners can have (risky) misconceptions on whether their bearded dragon should eat strawberries.

Wrapping Up how Often to Feed a Bearded Dragon

I sincerely hope by now you have a clear understanding of how often to feed your bearded dragon. As a bearded dragon matures, feeding them becomes extremely easy and low maintenance with just one feeding per day. 

And as some last-minute advice… if you’re running short on time in the morning, you can always prep your bearded dragon’s salad in advance. Sometimes I would prepare the salads almost like meal prepping for myself. It really helped cut down on time in the mornings. 



81 thoughts on “How Often Do You Feed a Bearded Dragon (Feeding Chart by Age)”

  1. Hi,
    I’m a new bearded dragon owner and I have a question.
    Do I need a thermostat for my ceramic heater (it will be on at night)
    Kind regards,

    • if you have a ceramic heater, that means your house gets below 65 degrees, if that doesn’t occur then there is no need for a ceramic heater, but if it does, make sure that when you do use one make sure the temperature stays in the 65-75 range, so yes you will need a thermometer, but after a few nights if it stays in that range, then you won’t need to check it. but if it gets too high, then lower the wattage, and if it gets to low put in one with more wattage

      • hello
        im also a first time breaded dragon owner we just bought one yesterday he or she is young about 2ins long i been trying to find stuff to read but im not geting good enough answers i just need info on how much to feed him or her and and he or she is always sleeping i put some food in there last night and few crickets whic he or she ate the crickets i put in there last i just dropped like 4 or 5 in there this morning and also how long do i keep the food in there i gave him last night look like he ate a little bit but should i take the dish out it still has a little bit of food on there also he keeps stay in onr corner of the tank is that normal

        • Melanie,

          Please read my Bearded Dragon Diet Guide. This will address what to feed, how often to feed, how much to feed, and so much more. And you’ll want to remove any uneaten food (be it veggies or insects) after it’s sat in the cage uneaten for half an hour.

        • I’m a first time bearded dragon owner. Someone took my sons puppies so he decided he wanted a bearded dragon now. I believe the Beardie is 5 months. I honestly don’t know. I cannot pick him up to measure him. But he’s small. I know he’s not 12 months. He looks like a baby. But we have had him for 4 days now and he doesn’t really eat. I have the temps in his tank perfect and he has climbing things and hiding spots in there. When I turn the lights on in the morning I wait for him to fully wake up and start moving around and I put the cricket cage by the tank so he can see them and he usually goes nuts for them. Well when I give him one or 2 in his tank it takes him a while to even eat them. Idk if he sees them which I know he does or if he’s being stubborn. But he will only eat 3-4 crickets a day. He doesn’t want them at all during the day, is this a problem? Because of what I’m reading that’s not enough crickets for him. I also been trying to get him to eat veggies/fruits but he doesn’t show any interest he just sits there and looks at me. Am I doing something wrong? Oh I also take out his things so he can run around and ketch the crickets but he shows no interest once I put them in his tank…. please help me! Lol.

          • Crickets aren’t really great for beardies. I know there are a lot of mixed reviews but my beardies have always gotten worms whenever they ate them. Dubia roaches are perfect for beardies and they love them. If he’s not eating much, it’s probably a lighting issue. He also could be just adjusting to his new home but I find if the UVB isn’t great they won’t eat much. Don’t ever use a coil UVB as it only puts UVB in that one spot if the tank. You’re going to want a T8 UVB hood light. That will ensure they’re getting enough UVB. If they don’t then they can’t digest their food properly and they can develop MBD. I would definitely check your lighting again, UVB, humidity, and switch from crickets to dubias. Also you can order a fecal test on amazon for 25$ and you mail it in and they’ll test for worms. I usually do it every 6 months just to be safe.

    • I use a ceramic light for my beardie and I don’t use a thermostat and all seems well and good but you should buy a thermometer for your bearded dragons vivarian

      • Yes, always know what the temperature in your dragons house is reading. My beardie is roughly 6 months old and I have one at either end, digital works best. You need to know what temp the basking area gets up to and the cooler end is reading as this helps your dragon grow properly, and digest their food.

  2. so helpful, found out everything in one website. very clean and nice setup. the only thing i needed to know is what quantity of dubia roaches i need to feed my beardie everyday, i know you mentioned once a day but forgot how many? otherwise great piece of information.

  3. Thank you so very much for all the info!!! My beardie, Hector, is having pooping problems and I am worried. I have a great vet and he’s been there twice, but he doesn’t seem to poop by himself. Now, I’ll try the dietary ideas. I know I’m probably nuts you, but I know this can get serious and I love my baby!!!

  4. Im new. I just got a bearded dragon today, it was my cousins. Is 3 times a day for feeding too much for my lizard ? He’ll be a year in December.

  5. I simply love this site! My sweetboy is 2 years young, lol and means everything to me! I have had him since he was a baby, and I love him so much! Someone once told me that “ ya can’t get attached to a reptile”, I beg to differ, ya certainly can! He has an awesome personality, he’s amazing! I have seen and viewed many sites about reptiles and this site is by far the absolute BEST EVER! Thank you so very much for caring enough about them to create such an informative and useful site!

    • If he doesn’t eat what I did is mixed up his vitamin supplements some live food water and veg and any other food you use and made a smoothie out of that just make sure he’s getting enough of the UV light and heat

  6. I’m still trying to convince my parents to get me a bearded, but this site has given me so much information that I feel a lot more prepared. Wish me luck! I think I’ll need it!

  7. arent 10 crickets a day a bit much? if so, which size? because my dragon doesnt want to eat his greens and vegetables (adopted 1.5 year old dragon)

    a store in my hometown said that like 2 big crickets a week suffice…

    thank your for your quick response in advance 🙂

    • What…. No you feed them as many as they will eat in a 10 minute time frame. My mr. Izzzard is the same he like hardlt ever eats veggies at all. If it wasnt for crickets hed starve im sure.

  8. What donu mean dont feed them lettuce? I do. Its like almost the only veggie he will eat. I try to feed him salad but hes like….. Nope and dosnt eat it.

    • There’s actually this thing called reptile salad dressing that is supposed to make them like salad better, and according to the amazon reviews, it works really well. Another way to get them to like salad is to feed it to them before insects and if they don’t eat it then don’t feed them insects, but don’t feel like your starving your beardie they will eventually learn to eat salad, that should work unless your beardie is the most stubborn guy in the world.

    • My beardie loves most vegetables now that he’s older. Especially broccoli and carrots! I chop the broccoli and use a peeler to get some thin carrot pieces. I’ll even hold them up to Rango and he’ll eat them from my hand. They also have a super salad mix at Walmart that he likes as well.

      • Hey Joann – great to hear your beardie is happy!
        But consider keeping in check on the broccoli!

        Bearded dragons can eat broccoli, but only one small floret and only around once a month.
        Broccoli has the wrong ratio of calcium to phosphorus, which is an important element in any bearded dragon’s diet.

        Oxalic acid also affects bearded dragons negatively, and broccoli contains quite a bit of it.

        If you’re interested, read all about it here.

        Take care!

  9. I may be getting a bearded dragon next week and although I have done my research, I am still totally lost. I need help please!!!😂

  10. Give your bearded dragon raw pumpkin..I buy jars of baby food pumpkin..There is nothing added or raw pumpkin in the grocery ..Not the pumpkin mix.
    Just pumpkjn

  11. Need advice!

    We got the baby beardie over xmas break for the kids and were feeding him about every 2 hours (so about 4-5 times a day). Now, we are back to work. We can do morning and late afternoon feedings but that’s only TWICE a day and we are panicking that we are hurting him. We can’t get home during lunch. What should we do? We use crickets now. Maybe change the feeder?

    • For ours we were keeping crickets loose in her tank, she wasn’t happy but we had cricket food and wet paper towels in there for water. We just moved to Dubias and I also got the feed dish ( very cheap) that they can’t get out of. I have some cricket food in that with vegs for water. Try the dubias as you can keep a few extra in the bowl for her to help herself to.

    • I’ve always read that you should attempt to feed them a variety of feeders and veggies when they’re young so they won’t be as picky when they’re older. My beardie is almost 4 now and he really only eats the vegetables we fed him regularly from the beginning. I bet your beardie will acclimate to your feeding schedule. So maybe try feeding him right when you wake up and then again before you leave. And upon returning home after work, put in another couple of eating sessions. I wasn’t even aware that beardies were supposed to be fed so often when we inherited Rango and at 4, he’s perfectly healthy.

  12. New to baby beardies, we just switched to dubias and she and my anole do not like them. I know they can’t eat mealworms that my anole eats. When they say how many she can eat a day, she may eat 2-3 dubias at a time and that is it. What she is eating now are 1/2 and 5/8 inch in various sizes. i just ordered 1/4 inch. Are they the size she should be eating 10-25 a day? The tiny crickets she pays no attention to but the say size of between the eyes. I have no idea what I am doing wrong trying to get her to eat what she is suppose to. Today is the first day she actually ate a good bit. She is offered a bit of salad daily and she will take a bite or two also. Help. The beardie and the anole are in separate rooms too.

    • I am having this problem also I have a two month old baby bearded dragon he won’t touch to be roaches or mealworms he will only eat crickets but he’s only eating 1 to 3 a day and will not touch any greens at all I’m getting worried that he’s going to die .

      • I have been having the same issue…4 days in to having a 1 month old baby bearded and he was so calm and allowed us to hold him and eat out of our hand … We were originally told to feed him one time a day six crickets the very small ones I would put him in the cage with the crickets six at a time but the thing is they’re just like babies their eyesight is not that good when they’re young you almost have to put them right in front of your bearded or get tweezers to feed to your little one ours also has a bit of a distended belly and had eating what I thought 12 to 16 crickets in the last 3 days and not use the restroom come to find out the crickets were going underneath the cage lining where they die or they bite your animal you should never leave any of the crickets in there and if it’s not eating crickets even when you put it directly in front of them you may need to see a vet. Mine helped when I would put it directly in front of him I was also told not to ever keep water in his cage because it causes too much moisture and can cause bacteria to grow so I was told to give him baths or spray him at least once a day with a spray bottle if you have any questions if you have a local Petco there’s usually someone there that can answer your questions at least where I live. Good luck

    • If it is a new baby, the 1/4″ is the right size. 1/2″ and 5/8″ are almost certainly too big. Mine is currently between 10-11″ long and four months old. 1/2″ dubia roaches are the biggest I’ll give him at the moment.

  13. Howdy,

    Can you dust crickets with calcium and multivitamin every time you feed them? Is it possible to overdose on rep-cal calcium with D3 supplement and Herptivite?

    • I can only speak to ones that are under a year, but I dust calcium each weekday, and do vitamin dusting on sat/sun. He also eats a small salad (about the size of an ice-cube) each day.

  14. So I have a 5-6 month old bearded dragon, I see I should be feeding her 10-15 roaches at least two times a day. Can I be feeding her other insects also with the roaches? We have nutri-grubs and she loves them. What would be the right amount to feed her both?

  15. I have a question–
    Is it ok if a younger beardie eats once in the morning, again at about 7pm ish, and then at 9pm? I wasn’t sure if that’s a healthy cycle or not…

    • That’s a good question, and I’m not sure of the answer for 9pm. I’ve tried to not feed mine unless he’ll be in the heat for two hours. My “guess” has been that it’d be good for him to have some meaningful time in the heat to work on digestion. Completely a guess though.

    • I wouldn’t feed them so close to bed time. UVB is what helps them digest your food and you’re supposed to turn it off at night. I feed my beardie for the last time at 5 or 6 pm and his lights go off at 8. If you feed them too close to bed time they won’t digest properly.

  16. I just got my baby bearded dragon yesterday, I owned an adult beardie so feeding was pretty straight forward. It’s my very first time feeding him today and so far he has eaten 4, I placed some crickets around him and offered them to him on the long tweezers but he stopped eating after the first 4. I have pellets in his cage, some cut up collard greens, kale, and cucumber in his cage and some water. Should he be eating up to 10-20 by the end of the day ? I just lost my 14 year old baby spike so I want to take the absolute best care of this lovely new friend of mine .

  17. I have a question I’ve been feeding my beardie Dubai roaches , crickets, mealworms, and juvenile crunchies and have been trying to find out what all vegies I can feed and how much and how often lately ive been worried because his belly looks like its going to explode and his poop is very large and I am not sure what give to help he’s always acting like he’s starving but his belly looks like its going to burst and im not sure what to do? any info and help would be greatly appreciated. please email me any help and info.

    • I have this same question. We have had a baby bearded dragon for two weeks. He barely ate maybe 3 to 4 crickets per day. Yesterday we started it on dubias and it sent crazy. Ate like 11 and will regularly eat 5 to 6 like three times per day.. looks like this going to explode… how much is too much?

      • Hi Xavier!

        To answer your question I would ideally need to know about how old your bearded dragon is. If you reread the article above, you’ll see I recommend around 40-50 small (0.5″ or less) sized nymph Dubias per day for juvenile beardies (5-17 months). However, at 12 months I would cut this down and start giving them their adult diet, which you can ween them into over the course of a few weeks or months if they’re being stubborn. To get an idea of the # of Dubias for adults, just find that section above.

        Happy reading!

        • Is it ok to feed them freeze dried crickets? I hate the idea of having live bugs! I’m still trying to convince my parents to let me get one and I’m doing as much research as possible, this site helped. Umm idk if they would eat the dead bugs though.. help!

          • Your dragon problem wouldn’t eat them. From my experience, they are attracted to the motion of an insect before they’ll take one. With that said, mine has started eating salad and that certainly doesn’t move 🙂

            I wouldn’t recommend getting one thinking freeze-dried would work out. If crickets bother you, I would highly recommend Dubai roaches. They are more expensive but MUCH better for your dragon. They have the benefit of not jumping around. Usually, you can just pick up the little piece of egg crate they are all on and tap it into a bag of calcium to shake them up and then let them into the cage.

        • I have a two month old bearded dragon I’ve had him for about two weeks he will only eat 1 to 4 crickets a day and will not touch any other kind of insect at all he will not touch any greens and I’m starting to worry that he is going to die how can I get him to eat he is shitting a little and I thought maybe that was why but he hasn’t hardly ate at all since I’ve had him

          • Hi Kyleen!

            So sorry to hear about your baby’s health concerns. Let me ask you this, what UVB bulb are you using and what are his temperatures (basking spot, cool side, and warm/ambient temp) in his cage? Often times when the UVB isn’t right beardies will lose their appetite. As far as him not eating greens or other insects, don’t worry about this too much for now. Ideally he’d be eating some greens here and there, but for now, he ultimately need about 80% of his diet to consist of pure protein. As he gets older (around a year or so) greens will then become much more important. But for now, he needs protein to grow!

            Also, is he getting his food (what he’ll eat anyways) dusted with calcium 4-5 times a week? And is he getting a multivitamin on the days his food isn’t dusted?

            I’ve seen so many babies lose their appetite and it’s almost always due to insufficient UVB and temperatures.

            If you want to ensure your beardie’s lighting and temperature setup are on point, please see my article on lighting and temperatures. It is lengthy but I have no doubt it will walk you through literally everything you could need to know.

            Also, I recommend checking out my bearded dragon diet guide as well. It will help you understand not only his diet, but vitamin and calcium requirements as well.

            I hope these resources are helpful to you! After reading them, if you still have questions, feel free to send them my way as I would love to help you get your baby feeling better ASAP!

          • Just to give you a little hope, my dragon didn’t really start eating salad until after he was 3 months old. One trick is to put some bugs under the salad so they move it around. He just made the switch one day and started eating all of his salad. I was worried for a while as well. It’s good to have it in there every day so he gets used to it being there!

            Make sure you are giving him tiny crickets as well. Depending on your enclosure size, you might want to cut off some of the space from him so it is more like 10 gallons when he is young. It’ll keep him from running around and burning energy, and keep the food closer to him. If you haven’t I’d also recommend buying some poster board (or whatever is useful, and block out 3 of the sides of his enclosure to block his view. This should help reduce some stress and reduce reflections he sees (assuming you have a glass terrarium).

            Good luck!

  18. It’s actually better to feed meal worms than super worms…. the exoskeleton is much harder on a super worm, which you can clearly head if you’ve fed them both to your beardie. The crunch is much louder and crisp with super worms. My beardie won’t hunt because he’s lazy so I stopped feeding crickets. He literally watches them run away and then they escape and I have a house of crickets. He eats mealworms and wax worms as protein and has been fine for 2 years

  19. I recently got a 5+ yo bearded dragon. (bd unknown) I dont know much about his past except he was a class pet for most of his life and then went to live with someone for the past 2y. He will not eat fruits or veggies. I have seen him eat two grape halves and thats it. He was apparently fed calcium dusted insects/worms exclusively. I have tried withholding them for up to 2 weeks, but he still wont budge and i eventually cave. I dont know how to get him to change after so long. I suspect hes 8+ yo.

  20. I have looked everywhere on the Internet and no one can answer my questions I have a two month old bearded dragon who will only eat 1 to 4 crickets a day if I’m lucky we’re not touch any other kind of insect and will not touch any vegetables I have gave him appetite stimulants that’s not working I’m afraid that he may die if I don’t figure something out soon he is shedding and I thought maybe that was why he’s not eating that much but I need help I need to know what to do to get him to eat more

    • They can get cranky and slow down their eating when they shed! Have you tried 1/4″ dubia roaches? Mine liked crickets, but he goes INSANE for dubia roaches.

  21. Hi. I’m having a bit of the same problem. My 3 month old baby will only eat once a day…sometimes twice. He/she eats greens and a lot of Dubias, but that’s it. He won’t eat greens after the morning feed and I read where I shouldn’t give him Dubias unless he eats his greens. The gradient is good. He appears healthy, but I’m worried he won’t grow to be big and strong. Thank you.

  22. Hey so My bearded dragon hasn’t been eating lately and she was sleeping a lot for 2 days so I thought she was in Brumation. She has woken up yesterday and today and isn’t eating a lot she will eat her greens with no hesitation but will only have 3 – 5 crickets a day. If she does eat I bathe her and get her to poop and I give her a few drops of water on her snout daily but am I doing this right? She is 10 months old about 15 inches long and I haven’t weighed her yet and this is my first reptile / bearded dragon I have had so I’m a bit new.

  23. So i got my baby bearded dragon a few days ago. Hes VERY VERY young and the size of his body is the size of my pinkie. Im not sure if i should be feeding him now or wait longer. I have tried too feed him but he dosent eat by himself so i have too force feed him (millworms)

  24. I’ve had my bearded dragon for about 7 months now and he’s grown substantially. I’m having hard time telling if he’s overweight or if it’s just the fact that he’s just gotten so much bigger. I know obesity can be a problem with dragons as well which is why I’m somewhat concerned.

    I’m not sure how relevant this forum is or if it’s kept up to date but I figured I’d reach out and see if I got a reply.

  25. I’m getting my first bearded dragon in about 2 weeks…. It will be 4 months…. Is this a good age for you first dragon and would it die easily… I live at home with my mum and dad and they have had several in the past…. But as this is a baby I don’t know if they can die easily or if I should get an older one

  26. my beardy is quite old, about 10 and a half years but I’ve own him for 5 years. personally for my beardy he doesn’t seem to need too much since he’s quite elderly, so I feed him every second day. that and I tried using reptile pellets to make sure he has full nutrience but he would eat them so I stopped. is this bad because, he still is plenty active and the lizard expert at the pet shop said he looked really healthy, even without the pellets.

  27. I’m writing a power point about bearded dragons for my dad, and if he approves I can get one. I am working on the slide about their diet, and I would like a specific food schedule. I’m afraid to make my own. I’m planning on getting a juvenile and feeding him crickets and super worms and vegetables ( I can’t afford anything fancy). Like how many crickets ( or super worms) and vegetables a day.

    • Hey Savannah, how did it go?

      Are you a proud parent of a beardie now? We added a graphic to this article (to the very top), hopefully, that can help you out if you’re even unsure again!

  28. “Luckily, what bearded dragons CAN’T eat, is a rather long an extensive list compared to that of what they can eat.” I think you wrote that backwards! 🙂

  29. I’m a bit confused about one of the yellow “pro tips” on this post. It says “Around 12 months of age, be prepared to start incorporating more veggies into your bearded dragon’s diet. The ratio at this time should be around 70% veggies and 30% salad.” Did you mean for one of those percentages to be protein instead?

  30. My Beardie has slight tinge of red spot in urine or stool what could this mean? Also how do I check to see if it’s a male or female

  31. What size dubia roach do I buy and how do I know what age my dragon is? length is roughly 6-8 inches. thank you for your expertise!!

    • As long as the dubia roaches can easily be eaten by your beardie you should be fine 😉 In regards to age, the most reliable information is to ask the breeder you purchased it from.


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