Feeding Frequency for Bearded Dragons - 🦎 Meal Schedule Guide

For baby bearded dragons (up to 3 months old), it's important to provide them with a steady supply of food. They have high energy needs and are growing rapidly, so they should be fed 2-3 times a day. Make sure to offer a variety of appropriately sized insects, such as crickets, dubia roaches, and small mealworms. These insects should be no larger than the space between your dragon's eyes, as anything bigger can cause choking or digestive issues.

As your bearded dragon grows into its juvenile stage (3-12 months old), you can reduce the feeding frequency to once a day. This is because their growth rate slows down, and their energy requirements decrease. However, it's still crucial to offer a balanced diet. Alongside insects, you can introduce leafy greens and vegetables into their meals. Some great options include collard greens, mustard greens, dandelion greens, and butternut squash. Remember to chop the greens into small, manageable pieces to make it easier for your dragon to eat.

Once your bearded dragon reaches adulthood (12 months and older), you can further adjust their feeding schedule. Feeding them every other day or every two days is sufficient. Adult bearded dragons have lower energy needs and can become overweight if overfed. It's important to maintain a healthy weight to prevent health issues down the line.

Now, let's talk about portion sizes. A good rule of thumb is to offer as much food as your bearded dragon can eat in 10-15 minutes. This helps prevent overfeeding and ensures they get a balanced diet. Remember to remove any uneaten insects or greens after this time to maintain cleanliness in their enclosure.

In addition to a proper feeding schedule, it's essential to provide a well-balanced diet. Bearded dragons require a mix of protein from insects and nutrients from vegetables. Supplementing their diet with calcium and multivitamin powders is also crucial. Calcium is necessary for bone health, while multivitamins help fill any nutritional gaps. Dusting their insects with calcium powder a few times a week and multivitamin powder once a week is a good practice.

Remember, every bearded dragon is unique, and their dietary needs may vary slightly. If you have any concerns about your dragon's feeding schedule or diet, it's always a good idea to consult with a reptile veterinarian.

I hope this helps you understand how often to feed your bearded dragon at different stages of their life. If you have any more questions about bearded dragon care, feel free to explore our site, Dragon Freak, for more tips and advice. Happy dragon-keeping!

Sophie Rainsford
Veterinary Medicine, Reptile Care, Animal Welfare, Bearded Dragons

Sophie Rainsford is a dedicated veterinarian who specializes in reptile care. She is known for her empathetic approach and ability to translate complex medical terms into understandable language. Sophie has been a reptile enthusiast since her childhood.