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Eating and the diet of the Bearded Dragons?

I would like to know Bearded Dragons are from Australia, now tell me where do they get salads or crickets or even waxworms and superworms, or mealworms from in the desert, there they eat anything and everything, but you don't find the foods that we give the dragons in the desert, why oh why cant we just feed them insects like they live on in Australia, and you also don't find powdered calcium and how will they know if they do get some greens there if it is calcium rich or not, I mean sure give your beardie the best but why go to all the hassle if they don't get these things in the wild, who came up witht the idea ahhh!!!!!!!! crickets will do the job and this is not good for them and that they will thrive on in a climate that is similar to Australia

Asked By: blueeyes - 3/13/2007
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Yes, bearded dragons come from Australia but there has been an ongoing debate as to whether they actually come from the desserts there or grasslands and valleys. I tend to think that they will go where they find food. That is not to say that they go where they will find the most nutritous food, just that they will... More
Answered By: Dale d - 3/13/2007
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It is difficut to cultivate all the food the any animal would get naturally so as pet keepers we substitute wth the nearest available to us and as we have so much choice as pet keepers the animals usually get a better diet than they do in the wild... More
Answered By: Steve 'art - 3/13/2007
 
The reason for supplements and variety in their diet is that they DO get this out in the wild. Crickets and insects in the wild have a variety of nutrients that are not found in captive bred "feeder" varieties. Since the diet of the insect is diverse, the nutrients inside the insect are just as diverse... More
Answered By: Rob_n_Liz - 3/13/2007
 
That is not true. First: not all bearded dragons live in australia. A lot of them live in forests. Second: They do get vegetables in the dessert. I'm not saying they eat spinach and apples everyday, but they do eat a wide variety of veggies and other types of insects in the dessert that do provide them with the... More
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Answered By: bookworm.brandy - 3/13/2007
 
they eat green plant matter and insects in the wild and small rodents like mice etc we give powdered calcium to aid in the absorbtion of in conjuction with proper lighting minerals and calcuim so they dont get mbd witch will kill them. they dont get powder in the wild because of the sunlight they get.
Answered By: cameron b - 3/13/2007
 
there are great answers above. just to add the insects that the beardies do eat in the wild are to the most part herbivores therefor insects could in fact be a source of veggies and maybe some fruit. If I had the money and a good friend in Australia heck ya send me all natural straight out of the desert/forest. but... More
Answered By: lizardman - 3/13/2007
 
You need a Heat lamp over them all day till' night time..but keep it away from walls...yeah, they eat crickets, Meal Worms, baby pink mice (Pinkies),and if you feed them insects from the wild they can die..because they have been rised on food from your hands..not other things...and plus they get EXTRA calcuim they need... More
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Answered By: Ashley H - 3/13/2007
 
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