These funny looking extremely cute creatures might remind you of Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, wherein all the students have to pick from miniature versions of dragon before their actual test to fly them; they are adorable looking creatures but just not as fierce as a dragon would have been.
You are right I am talking about one and only lovable little Bearded Dragons! Go on people.
Our friend belongs to a reptile family and there are not one or two but eight different species of bearded dragons.
Our little dragon friends come in various colours such as red, tan, grey, brow, tiger print as well.
“I guess I would like to choose a tiger print bearded dragon as my friend”.
They are just like any other pet at home like a cat or a dog. They also get very friendly with pets at home and spend quality time with them.
They play with them, cuddle them, and sleep on them and sometimes they take a secret ride on pet dogs too, they are very entertaining and they love to snuggle all day with their humans.
All About What do these cute reptiles like to eat ?
Not many of us know this fact that they can eat various types of fruits and some fruits are their favourites. They are omnivores in nature so they can eat both insects and plants. Lot of Proud parents of bearded dragons are majorly worried about their diet. In fact very lately I have had friends ask me if they could give Strawberries to their cute miniature of love. So I thought to pass on the information on the web for all you folks so that you could be happy too.
Can we give Strawberries to the beardies?
Bearded dragons are not meticulous eaters; they can almost eat everything around them. A few of the frequently asked questions by bearded dragon pet owners in regard to strawberries have always been, “is eating too many strawberries bad for dragon”, “can bearded dragon eat strawberry tops”, “can bearded dragons eat strawberry leaves?”
Since they are omnivores, they can eat the strawberry tops, leaves and the fruit. They do enjoy strawberries, but it should be given to them in moderation. Strawberries have a moderate level of oxalates so it could affect the level of calcium in your bearded dragon’s calcium. Since they are crunchy and flavourful in taste, in case your pet looks upset, you can give bearded dragon strawberries.
Another thing to be kept in mind is the size of strawberries, since some of the strawberries can be large and they may be difficult for young bearded dragons to swallow. You might want to cut them in smaller before feeding it to your beloved pet dragon, as you would not want them to choke.
Apart from a healthy diet inclusive of fruits, vegetables, plants your little drogo friend needs extra conditioning by adding supplements in their diet. They can suffer from deficiency such as calcium deficiency, which can lead to bone disease, commonly found in the reptiles. Even though bearded dragons eat a variety of diets, by adding some vitamin and calcium supplements you can give them a fit and healthy lifestyle.
The tub of calcium and vitamin powders are available in the market and all you have to do is, dust it on live insects, fruits, vegetables and plants. It is best advisable that you must not mix both the supplements together, rather give them day wise. Keep in mind that the more the healthier their diet is more they stay fit and happy and live long.
Fun facts to make them your closest friends!
There are many fun facts about our little dragon friend such as head bobbing, they love to play and jump on grass, like dogs and cats they also like car rides and don’t mind sitting on your car dashboard. They love to watch television and love to play on computers by touching moving things on the computer screen; it is so much fun watching them doing this. Bearded dragons of any age are happy by nature and love cuddles and snuggles.
As bearded dragons by nature are omnivores so their diet specification ranges from eating insects, to fruits to vegetables while being a baby to their juvenile age and then to their adulthood. Keeping a healthy variety in their diet is a fun way to keep your pet happy as they enjoy eating. Bearded dragons should be fed once a day, the quantity of the food depends upon their age.
Some dietary needs of you little friend!
Here my friends I am also going to delve further in our little bearded fellows dietary needs as per their age!
Baby dragons should be fed three times in a day; they will need to eat more insects then fruits and vegetables. Baby dragons can eat up to 60 insects in a day but it is also fine if they stop eating in 10-15 minutes feeding period, it simply means they are full! Once they are full, clear out the insect they do not want to eat. Juvenile bearded dragons eat 50% insects and 50% vegetables, fruits and plants. Adult bearded dragon should eat fewer insects around 30%, you should give them insects only once in a day and rest of the food should be plants, fruits and vegetation.
Please ensure that adult bearded dragons should only eat insects once in a day else, they will become obese. When bearded dragons are in the wild they naturally eat many insects and they run a lot to so it is easier for them to digest all and stay fit but domestic bearded dragons turns obese if they eat many insects as they don’t run much and get lazy. Sometimes it may happen that your pet does not eat for a day, no need to panic. There is a possibility that they over ate a little earlier, once they have digested that, their diet should come back to normal on its own.
Bearded dragons can eat meat in form of insects, so the list below can tell what your foodie little beardie can eat:
• Butter worm
Please understand that only adult bearded dragons should eat mealworms due to their hard outer skin, this can affect the health of the baby dragon and juvenile dragon if they consume it. Same goes for super worms, these are a larger version of mealworms again; this should only be given to an adult bearded dragon.
Now do not get disheartened! As said, our little friends are omnivores! Yes, you can feed those fruits and vegetables. Go on people!
Most commonly asked question is what fruit beardie can eat. So relax, bearded dragons can eat wide range of fruits such as kiwi, strawberries, papaya, mango, peaches, apricot, plums, grapes etc. it is important to keep in mind that you only should feed them sugary fruit once in a month as it can cause teeth problem, fruits like kiwi are recommended to be fed once in a month.
Being omnivores in nature, little bearded drogos friends of ours can eat vegetables such as peas, sweet potato, bell pepper, broccoli, cabbage, okra, celery, asparagus, coriander, parsley, and many other vegetables. Some of the items they eat not very often such as bananas, cucumber, carrot when it is grated, blueberries, sprouts too, looks like occasionally they get health conscious and eat sprouts!
As bearded dragons come under exotic animals, it is highly recommended that you must consult your veterinarian for expert advice on reptiles’ diet and health. The life cycle of a bearded dragon is between 7-10 years. Being wild their life span is shorter than being domestic.
The most popular live food for our dragon friend is crickets and mealworms; these are available in pet stores. These are easy to get and not expensive to buy.
Foodie by nature, your dragon friend eats anything so it is the responsibility of the owner to keep a check on what they are eating and how much they are eating. Balanced diet is the key for their healthier and longer life. There are certain foods that bearded dragons do not eat, or should not eat such as iceberg lettuce, which is highly watery in nature and less in nutrients. Spinach insects catch in the wild as they may have parasites in them, which can make your dragon friend sick so it is better to buy live insects or dead insects from dedicated pet shops.
Fireflies are the most harmful and life-taking ones if fed to bearded dragons or for that matter to any reptile, anything (insect) that glow is extremely harmful and toxic for reptiles. Just like fireflies completely avoid avocado and rhubarb as chemicals in avocados are highly toxic and oxalin acid in rhubarb can be deadly poisonous for bearded dragons.
Conclusion: Therefore, by now you know your bearded dragon is a true foodie and enjoys a wide variety of fruits, live insects, vegetables and plants, which makes your job as an owner easier to arrange a wide array of healthy diet for him. However, all of it in moderation to keep your beloved pet healthy and fit.