What do bearded dragons eat?
This is probably the most common question I get asked. The bearded dragon is an omnivore and as juveniles eat primarily insects until about a year or so. After that, their diet completely changes and becomes primarily plant-based. They eat a large variety or leafy greens, fruits, vegetables and flowers. Insects they can eat are crickets, superworms, waxworms, butterworms, grasshoppers, hornworms, silkworms. (Only Americans have access to dubias roaches) A beardies salad can consist of collards greens (a main staple) dandelion greens, blackberries, prickly pear, bell peppers, blueberries, hibiscus, mangoes etc.
How long do bearded dragons live?
This all depends on care, genetics, health and stress. The average life expectancy is around 12-13, however, they have been known to live past 15 with great care. Beardies who pass before the age of 10 could have had previous health issues, improper care or bad genes. Most owners want their beardies to live long and healthy lives, so this is why setting up a proper enclosure and giving them a proper diet is so important.
How big do bearded dragon's get?
Bearded dragons are considered a medium-sized lizard. They are generally stocky, most beardies in captivity will weight over 400-500 grams (over a pound). The size and length of a beardie depend on health, age and sex. The average length of most beardies is between 18-22 inches. Females are typically at the lower end of the scale and males at the higher end.