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Can Bearded Dragon Eat Raw Meat?

Can Bearded Dragon Eat Raw Meat?

Yes, they can.

Some beardies will eat raw meat such as minced beef, lean turkey, or chicken breast. However, whether they should or not is up for debate; they can eat small amounts of meat in the wild, but they also get more exercise in general in the wild. Since they are captive animals, they don't need to have raw meat in their diet but technically can eat small amounts very occasionally, which can be useful as an emergency protein source if you are unable to get their dubia Roaches, superworms, and other live feeders.

Keep in mind that meat is high in fat and should only be fed to your bearded dragon in small amounts. If they do eat some, you will need to ensure that they digest it properly and do not show signs of implications. I would always go for Dubia roaches as much better nutrition choice for a lizard diet.

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Reptile Supply - January 11, 2021

Hi Megan — In a pinch, you can use canned insects as a substitute for live. Your beardie may not be enthusiastic about eating them from a bowl, but should be willing to take them from feeding tweezers. Remember that just like live insects, canned insects should still be dusted with calcium prior to feeding. Alternatively, you can purchase live feeders online! Check out our sister site DubiaRoaches.com for live feeders.

Megan - January 11, 2021

Hello my son has a bearded dragon and in the summer its ok but in the winter time I am having a really hard time finding anyone that has his live feeders all the pet supply places around me dont have any and wont get any for some time now and I dont know what to do or what to feed him for protein can you please help me?? What can I give him for protein??

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