How Much to Feed a Baby Bearded Dragon: A Comprehensive Guide
Feeding a baby bearded dragon can be a bit challenging for new reptile owners. These tiny creatures have specific dietary requirements that need to be met to ensure their growth and overall health. In this article, we will discuss how much to feed a baby bearded dragon and provide answers to some frequently asked questions.
1. How often should I feed my baby bearded dragon?
Baby bearded dragons should be fed 2-3 times a day, with a variety of appropriately sized insects and vegetables.
2. What insects should I feed my baby bearded dragon?
Suitable insects for a baby bearded dragon include small crickets, small mealworms, small superworms, and dubia roaches. Avoid feeding wild-caught insects, as they may carry parasites.
3. How many insects should I feed my baby bearded dragon per feeding?
Offer as many insects as your baby bearded dragon can consume in 10-15 minutes. Start with a few insects and gradually increase the number as they grow.
4. Should I gut-load insects before feeding them to my baby bearded dragon?
Yes, gut-loading insects is crucial to provide optimal nutrition. Feed insects with high-quality vegetables, fruits, and commercial gut-loading diets for at least 24 hours before offering them to your pet.
5. Can I feed my baby bearded dragon only insects?
No, a balanced diet for a baby bearded dragon includes both insects and vegetables. Offer leafy greens, such as collard greens, kale, and dandelion greens, along with other vegetables like squash, carrots, and bell peppers.
6. How much vegetables should I feed my baby bearded dragon?
Around 20% of your baby bearded dragon’s diet should consist of vegetables. Offer a small amount daily and remove any leftovers to maintain cleanliness.
7. Can I feed my baby bearded dragon fruits?
Fruits should be given as an occasional treat due to their high sugar content. Offer small pieces of fruits like berries or mangoes once or twice a week.
8. Should I dust insects with supplements?
Yes, it is essential to dust insects with calcium and vitamin D3 supplements. This ensures your baby bearded dragon receives adequate nutrition, especially for proper bone development.
9. How often should I provide calcium and vitamin D3 supplements?
Dust insects with calcium without D3 at every feeding. Use a calcium supplement with D3 twice a week. Consult a reptile veterinarian for precise dosage instructions.
10. What should the size of the insects be?
The insects should be no larger than the space between your baby bearded dragon’s eyes. Offer smaller prey to prevent choking hazards.
11. Can I feed my baby bearded dragon worms from my garden?
It is not recommended to feed wild-caught worms from your garden. They may contain parasites or have been exposed to pesticides. Stick to commercially available insects.
12. How long should I continue feeding my baby bearded dragon this way?
You should feed your baby bearded dragon this diet until they reach around 6-8 months of age. At that point, you can slowly transition them to an adult bearded dragon diet.
Feeding a baby bearded dragon the right way is crucial for their growth and development. Remember to provide a balanced diet of insects and vegetables, gut-load insects, and dust them with necessary supplements. Consult a reptile veterinarian if you have any concerns about your baby bearded dragon’s diet or health. With proper care, your baby bearded dragon will thrive and grow into a healthy adult reptile.