Bearded dragons love to munch on all types of insect prey in the wild. Even when captive raised, they love an assortment of insects in their diet.
Many bearded dragon owners may want to catch their own insects to vary their pet’s diet and help save a little cash. Although many people do this it is a practice that must be very selective.
Here are a couple guidelines to follow when feeding a bearded dragon wild-caught insects.
- Make sure any wild-caught insect is herbicide, pesticide and chemical-free before feeding it to your bearded dragon. These chemicals are sometimes sprayed on crops, then cling onto the body of the insects. If ingested by your bearded dragon, it could make it sick, or cause death.
- Never feed your bearded dragon an insect that you are unsure it can safely eat. Don’t go outside and just grab a bug then feed it to your bearded dragon!
- If you allow your bearded dragon to roam around outdoors, be mindful of any insect he may find. You don’t want it to accidentally gobble up an insect that you were not intending him to eat. They will go after an insect if they see it!
- Try to avoid feeding too many wild-caught insects because your bearded dragon may acquire a taste for that particular insect. This could cause your pet to only want to eat that insect. Once your supply runs out, it could refuse eating anything else. This could lead to it starving to death.
If you are going to feed your bearded dragon wild-caught insects, it is a good idea to store them in a cricket keeper, or something similar, for a few days and gut load the insects. This will help to increase the nutritional value of the insect prey, and provide better nutritional content to your bearded dragon.
There are quite a few insects you should never feed your bearded dragon. These insects are toxic, vicious, and can be very dangerous to feed your pet
- Bees, wasps, hornets
- Some caterpillars
- Lubber grasshoppers
If at any time you are unsure about feeding your bearded dragon wild insects, simply use the insect feeders available from the pet store, or from reputable dealers online.