Bearded dragons need a variety of greens and vegetables, and it's important to know which ones are safe.
As hatchlings and juveniles, bearded dragons need about 80% protein and 20% vegetables. Some baby bearded dragons won't eat their veggies at all, but it is important to continue feeding them so that they are used to them being offered.
Once bearded dragons reach maturity, the ratio switches. Adult bearded dragons need 80% vegetables and 20% insects. As they get older they will usually show more interest in vegetables.
Vegetables to Feed Daily:
- Greens such as kale, arugula, mustard greens, collard greens, and endive.
- Squash of all kinds: Acorn squash, butternut squash, yellow squash, and spaghetti squash.
- Bell Peppers
Vegetables and Fruits to Feed Occasionally:
- Cucumbers (peeled)
- Berries like strawberries, blueberries, and raspberries.
Foods to Avoid:
- Citrus of all kinds
- Romaine or iceberg lettuce
A few things to note about foods to feed occasionally: fruits should be fed as supplemental foods or treats, as they are very high in sugar.
A frequently asked question is why bearded dragons shouldn't be fed romaine or iceberg lettuce. Both types of lettuce have an extremely high water content; while that isn't harmful to your bearded dragon, it means that those types of lettuce have little to no nutritional value. The high water content can also result in loose stools. Spinach, while very good for your bearded dragon, has the same effect.
As mentioned above, sometimes it is hard to get a younger bearded dragon or a picky eater to eat their vegetables, it works best if you feed veggies with insects, because the insects will cause the food to move which sometimes will peak their interest. You can also dust their veggies and insects with calcium to ensure they're getting the necessary supplementation.
You can find a more complete list of bearded dragon safe foods, here.