FOOD INFORMATION CHART

 

Below is a chart of foods that we use to feed our subadult and adult Bearded Dragons. Many of these foods should only be fed on occasion and in moderation.

Keep in mind that Bearded Dragons require a 2 to 1 ratio of calcium to phosphorous. As oxalates are calcium binders,

When we feed insects that are high in phosphorus such as superworms, we balance the dragonsí diet by increasing calcium in other areas, through light calcium supplementation and/or Staple foods low in phosphorous and very high in calcium. Note: oxalates are calcium binders.

Note that even foods labeled as staples should be rotated and used in different combinations. Included in this chart are photos for easy identification, various notes on how much you can feed, preparation advice, and a little bit of nutritional information.

  • This list will occasionally be added to, and if you have any other foods that you would like us to list, please let us know at info@fireandicedragons.com.
  • For more detailed nutritional information on these and other foods, please refer to the web sites listed at the bottom of the page.

STAPLE - These foods are good to feed on a regular basis. Don't forget to rotate them.

OCCASIONAL - Best to feed these foods only on occasion. Overfeeding most of these foods can lead to serious health problems. Combined with a balanced mixture of staple foods on occasion (a few times a month) can provide a bearded dragon with the variety it needs.

TREAT - These foods work well as a treat or snack. Some of these foods can be included as a regular part of the diet, but most are only occasional treats.

TASTE OR COLOR ENHANCER - Occasionally added to a balanced mixture of foods to make the meal tastier and more interesting.

RARELY OR NEVER - Due to poor nutritional content, this food item is okay if offered only rarely, along with other, more nutritious greens and veggies.

 

Food

Photo

Information
Ca:P - Calcium: Phosphorus, Pro - Protein

Acorn squash

Good source of fiber. Rind should be discarded. Core and finely chop or shred.
Ca:P 0.9:1 , Pro: 0.8%, Fat: 0.1%, Water: 88%, Fiber: 1.5%
STAPLE VEGGIE

Alfalfa

STAPLE

Apples

Should be peeled, cored, chopped small or shredded.
Ca:P 0.6:1 , Pro: 0.15%, Fat: 0.3%, Water: 84.5%, Fiber: 1.9%
OCCASIONAL

Asparagus

Very good source of protein. Should be finely chopped or shredded.
Ca:P 0.38:1 , Pro: 2.3%, Fat: 0.2%, Water: 92%, Fiber: 2.1%
OCCASIONAL

Bananas

Only on occasion.

Ca:P 0.3:1 , Pro: 1%, Fat: 0.5%, Water: 75%, Fiber: 2.4%
OCCASIONAL

Bell peppers

This category includes red peppers, green peppers and other bell peppers. Should be cored and then finely chopped or shredded. Good for adding color/interest to diet. (Nutritional information based on red peppers, but most other bell peppers are reasonably close to the same.)
Ca:P 0.5:1 , Pro: 0.9%, Fat: 0.2%, Water: 92%, Fiber: 2%
GREAT TASTE/COLOR ENHANCER

Blackberries

Great for treats and regular part of fruit content.
Ca:P 1.5:1, Pro: 0.7%, Fat: 0.4%, Water: 86%, Fiber: 5.3%
OCCASIONAL

Bok Choy

Also known as or equivalent to Chinese cabbage, bok choi, pak choi, and various other names. High in goitrogens. Tear green portion into large pieces or strips. White portion may be discarded or finely chopped.
Ca:P 2.8:1, Pro: 1.5%, Fat: 0.2%, Water: 95%, Fiber: 1%
OCCASIONAL

Broccoli


High in oxalates and goitrogens and should only be fed on occasion. Cut into very small pieces or shred. Leaves can also be offered.
Ca:P 0.7:1 , Pro: 3%, Fat: 0.4%, Water: 91%, Fiber: 3%
OCCASIONAL

Butternut squash

Very good staple vegetable and excellent source of fiber. Should be peeled and cored.

Typically, we shred or thinly slice and feed by hand.
Ca:P 0.6:1, Pro: 1.2%, Fat: 0.2%, Water: 94%
STAPLE VEGGIE

Cactus leaves (prickly pear)

High in calcium. Should be finely chopped, sliced or shredded.
Ca:P 2.32:1, Pro: 0.8%, Fat: 0.5%
STAPLE FRUIT

Cantaloupe

Should be cored, rinds discarded and chopped. We usually thinly slice and feed by hand. Great source of additional water content.
Ca:P 0.7:1, Pro: 0.9%, Fat: 0.3%, Water: 90%, Fiber: 0.8%
OCCASIONAL

Carrots

Should be peeled and shredded. (Carrot tops can be high in oxalates and should only be fed on occasion.)
Ca:P 0.6:1, Pro: 1%, Fat: 0.2%, Water: 88%, Fiber: 3%
OCCASIONAL

Chicory greens
(Escarole)

Excellent choice for greens and high in calcium. Best when torn into larger pieces or strips. Finely chop, shred, or discard stems. Store cut, dried pieces in plastic storage bag with other greens wrapped in paper towels. Squeeze air out of bag.
Ca:P 1:0.9, Pro: 1.7%, Fat: 0.3%, Water: 92%, Fiber: 4%
STAPLE GREEN (WHEN MIXED WITH OTHER GREENS)

Collard greens

Excellent choice for greens. High in calcium and somewhat high in goitrogrens. Best when torn into larger pieces or strips. Finely chop, shred, or discard stems. Store cut, dried pieces in plastic storage bag with other greens wrapped in paper towels. Squeeze air out of bag.
Ca:P 14.5:1 , Pro: 2.5%, Fat: 0.4%, Water: 91%, Fiber: 3.6%
STAPLE GREEN

Coriander (cilantro)

Good choice for an occasional green. High in oxalates. Finely chop.
Ca:P 1.4:1 , Pro: 2.1%, Fat: 0.5%, Water: 92%, Fiber: 2.8%
OCCASIONAL

Cucumber

Lacks in nutrition, but okay on occasion for additional water and flavor.
Ca:P 0.7:1 , Pro: 0.7%, Fat: 0.18%, Water: 96%, Fiber: 0.8%
OCCASIONAL

Dahlia

Both flowers and leaves are okay to feed. Use caution and do not use plants that may have been treated with any pesticides or other chemicals.
GREAT TREAT

Dandelion greens

Excellent choice for greens and high in calcium. Best when torn into larger pieces or strips. Finely chop, shred, or discard stems. Store cut, dried pieces in plastic storage bag with other greens wrapped in paper towels. Squeeze air out of bag. Use caution when using wild dandelion greens by making sure no pesticides or other chemicals have been used. Both the flowers and leaves are okay to feed.
Ca:P 2.8:1, Pro: 2.7%, Fat: 0.7%, Water: 86%, Fiber: 3.5%
STAPLE GREEN

Endive

Excellent choice for greens and high in calcium. Best when torn into larger pieces or strips. Finely chop, shred, or discard stems. Store cut, dried pieces in plastic storage bag with other greens wrapped in paper towels. Squeeze air out of bag.
Ca:P 1.86:1, Pro: 1.2%, Fat: 0.4%
STAPLE GREEN (WHEN MIXED WITH OTHER GREENS)

Grapes

High in oxalates. Should be chopped or cut in half. Good source for additional water content.
Ca:P 0.8:1, Pro: 0.7%, Fat: 0.6%, Water: 81%, Fiber: 1%
OCCASIONAL AND/OR TREAT

Green beans

Also known as snap beans. Good choice for staple vegetable. Should be finely chopped or shredded.
Ca:P 1:1 , Pro: 1.8%, Fat: 0.1%, Water: 90%, Fiber: 3.4%
STAPLE VEGGIE

Hibiscus

Both flowers and leaves are okay to feed. Use caution and do not use plants that may have been treated with any pesticides or other chemicals.
GREAT TREAT

Honeydew melon

Should be cored, rinds discarded and shredded or sliced if feeding by hand.
Ca:P 0.6:1 , Pro: 0.5%, Fat: 0.1%, Water: 90%, Fiber: 0.6%
OCCASIONAL

Kabocha squash

Should be peeled, cored and shredded.
Ca:P 0.6:1 , Pro: 1.2%, Fat: 0.2%, Water: 94%, Fiber: 1.9%
STAPLE VEGGIE

Kale

High in oxalates and goitrogens, so it should only be fed on occasion. Best when torn into larger pieces or strips. We shred or discard stems. Store cut, dried pieces in plastic storage bag with other greens wrapped in paper towels. Squeeze air out of bag.
Ca:P 2.4:1, Pro: 3.3%, Fat: 0.7%, Water: 84%, Fiber: 2%
OCCASIONAL

Kiwi fruit

Should be peeled, seeds removed, and chopped or sliced and fed by hand.
Ca:P 0.7:1, Pro: 1%, Fat: 0.4%
OCCASIONAL

Lettuces

Lettuces are very poor in overall nutritional value.
Romaine - Ca:P 0.8:1 , Pro: 1.6%, Fat: 0.2%, Water: 95%, Fiber: 1.7%
Iceberg - Ca:P 1:1 , Pro: 1%, Fat: 0.2%, Water: 96%, Fiber: 1.4%
Loose leaf - Ca:P 0.4:1 , Pro: 1.3%, Fat: 0.3%, Water: 94%, Fiber: 1.9%
RARELY OR NEVER

Mango

Should be peeled, pitted, and finely chopped or crushed.
Ca:P 0.9:1, Pro: 0.5%, Fat: 0.3%, Water: 82%, Fiber: 1.8%
STAPLE FRUIT

Mustard greens

Excellent choice for greens. High in calcium, but somewhat high in goitrogens. Best when torn into larger pieces or strips. Finely chop or discard stems. Store cut, dried pieces in plastic storage bag with other greens wrapped in paper towels. Squeeze air out of bag.
Ca:P 2.4:1, Pro: 2.7%, Fat: 0.2%, Water: 91%, Fiber: 3.3%
STAPLE GREEN

Nasturtiums

Both flowers and leaves are okay to feed. Use caution and do not use plants that may have been treated with any pesticides or other chemicals.
GREAT TREAT

Okra

Should be finely chopped or shredded.
Ca:P 1.3:1, Pro: 2%, Fat: 0.1%, Water: 90%, Fiber: 3.2%
STAPLE VEGGIE

Papaya

Good source of fiber. Should be peeled, seeds removed and finely chopped or shredded.
Ca:P 4.8:1, Pro: 0.6%, Fat: 0.1%, Water: 89%, Fiber: 1.8%
STAPLE FRUIT

Parsley

Good source of calcium. Finely chop.
Ca:P 2.4:1 , Pro: 3%, Fat: 0.8%, Water: 88%, Fiber: 3.3%
OCCASIONAL

Parsnip

Should be peeled and shredded. Very good source of fiber and carbohydrates.
Ca:P 1:2, Pro: 1.2%, Fat: 0.3%, Water: 80%, Fiber: 4.9%
STAPLE VEGGIE

Peaches

High goitrogens. Should be peeled, pits removed and finely chopped.
Ca:P 0.4:1, Pro: 0.7%, Fat: 0.09%, Water: 88%, Fiber: 2%
OCCASIONAL

Pears

High in oxalates. Should be peeled, cored and finely chopped.
Ca:P 1:1, Pro: 0.4%, Fat: 0.4%, Water: 84%, Fiber: 2.4%
OCCASIONAL

Pumpkin

Rind should be discarded. Core and finely chop or shred.
Ca:P 0.5:1 , Pro: 1%, Fat: 0.1%, Water: 92%, Fiber: 0.5%
OCCASIONAL

Raspberries

Excellent source of extra fiber content. Should be crushed for smaller bearded dragons. Larger bearded dragons can be fed whole raspberries.
Ca:P 1.8:1, Pro: 0.9%, Fat: 0.6%, Water: 87%, Fiber: 6.8%
OCCASIONAL AND/OR TREAT

Rutabaga

Should be peeled and finely chopped or shredded.
Ca:P 0.8:1 , Pro: 1.2%, Fat: 0.2%, Water: 90%, Fiber: 2.5%
OCCASIONAL

Snap peas

Should be finely chopped or hand fed.
Ca:P 0.1:1, Pro: 0.8%, Fat: 0.04%
STAPLE VEGGIE

Spaghetti squash

Should be peeled, cored and finely chopped or shredded.
Ca:P 0.6:1 , Pro: 1.2%, Fat: 0.2%, Water: 94%, Fiber: 1.9%
OCCASIONAL

Spinach

High in calcium, but very high in oxalates and goitrogens, so it should only be fed occasionally. Should be finely chopped.
Ca:P 2:1, Pro: 2.9%, Fat: 0.4%, Water: 92%, Fiber: 2.7%
OCCASIONAL

Strawberries

High in oxalates and goitrogens. Remove stems and caps and finely chop.
Ca:P 0.7:1, Pro: 0.6%, Fat: 0.4%, Water: 92%, Fiber: 2.3%
OCCASIONAL AND/OR TREAT

Swiss chard

Very high in oxalates and should only be fed occasionally. Should be finely chopped.
Ca:P 1.8:1, Pro: 0.2%, Fat: 0.1%
OCCASIONAL

Turnip greens

Decent choice for greens. Very high in calcium, although somewhat high in oxalates and goitrogens. Best when torn into larger pieces or strips. Finely chop, shred, or discard stems. Store cut, dried pieces in plastic storage bag with other greens wrapped in paper towels. Squeeze air out of bag.
Ca:P 4.5:1, Pro: 1.5%, Fat: 0.3%, Water: 91%, Fiber: 3.2%
STAPLE GREEN (WHEN MIXED WITH OTHER GREENS)

Watercress

Excellent choice for greens and very high in calcium. Best when cut into larger pieces or strips. Finely chop or discard stems. Store cut, dried pieces in plastic storage bag with other greens wrapped in paper towels. Squeeze air out of bag.
Ca:P 2:1, Pro: 2%, Fat: 0%
STAPLE GREEN

Watermelon

Very little nutrition, but an excellent source for additional water content. Remove rinds and cut or crush into small pieces.
Ca:P 0.9:1, Pro: 0.6%, Fat: 0.4%, Water: 92%, Fiber: 0.5%
OCCASIONAL

Yellow squash

Should be very finely chopped or shredded.
Ca:P 0.57:1, Pro: 1.2%, Fat: 0.2%, Water: 94%, Fiber: 1.9%
OCCASIONAL

Yucca root (Cassava)

Very tough. Should be peeled and finely shredded.
Ca:P 1:1.7, Pro: 1.36%, Fat: 0.28%, Water: 59.7%, Fiber: 1.8%
STAPLE VEGGIE

Zucchini

Should be very finely chopped or shredded.
Ca:P 0.47:1, Pro: 1.1%, Fat: 0.1%, Water: 95%, Fiber: 1.2%
OCCASIONAL

 

 

 

 

Food Chart Last Updated 4/7/04

This food chart is reproduced in part, with express permission of the Green Iguana Society.

The version of the chart shown here has been adapted to our methods for feeding Bearded Dragons.   Please see the chart on the Green Iguana Society web site for an expanded food list and feeding recommendations specific to iguana care.

http://www.greenigsociety.org

http://www.greenigsociety.org/foodchart.htm

 

Fire and Ice Dragons also wishes to acknowledge and express our appreciation to:

ZoeAnn Holmes (Oregon State University's Food Resource site), Deena Spielman, Derek Baze and Jamie Wang, the USDA Nutrient Database and Jen Swofford's Iguana Pages.

 

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