Feeding your bearded dragon is probably the most important thing you do to keep it healthy and happy. Although feeding your pet isn’t very difficult there are a few issues to keep in mind when presenting the next meal.
These issues may not be exactly life threatening they can cause your bearded dragon undue suffering and stress.
Here are some common issues when feeding a bearded dragon and how to avoid them.
Issues When Feeding Live Prey
Crickets will quickly run off underneath or behind decor items as fast as they can. If you place a lot of crickets in the habitat, the bearded dragon may miss them before it has finished it’s meal.
To avoid this you can feed your bearded dragon one cricket at a time using tongs, or by hand if you aren’t worried about being accidentally bitten.
You can also use the Cricket Feeding Rock made by Exo Terra. The Cricket Feeding Rock is a splendid way to easily feed your bearded dragon crickets in a convenient, non-messy fashion.
Crickets that are allowed to roam about the terrarium can crawl on top of your bearded dragon and cause it stress. Hungry crickets can also begin nibbling on your bearded dragon, and you don’t want your pet to become the prey.
If you place mealworms on the terrarium substrate they will quickly burrow underneath away from your hungary bearded dragon. The bearded dragon could also inadvertently swallow some substrate while going after the mealworms. This is very undesirable since it could lead to an impaction.
A safe way to offer mealworms is by using the Exo Terra Worm Dish Mealworm Feeder. This bowl is specifically designed for holding mealworms and other insects due to it’s unique ring top. This top prevents the mealworms from crawling out and provides easy access for the bearded dragon.
Issues When Feeding Vegetables and Fruits
Many times the bearded dragon may run across its food bowl scattering food pieces everywhere. It is important to clean up any left over food items as soon as possible.
Rotting food pieces can harbor bacteria or germs that may make your bearded dragon ill. It will also cause the habitat to begin to stink, and that is never fun to have in your home.
It’s also not a good idea to allow your bearded dragon to eat those left over food pieces after they have been in the terrarium for a few days.
Always offer fresh fruits and vegetables daily in a small shallow bowl like the Exo Terra Feeding Dish.