What Size Crickets Should You Feed Your Baby Bearded Dragon?
If you’re wondering what size crickets you should be feeding your baby bearded dragon, you’ve come to the right place. In this blog post, we’ll go over everything you need to know about choosing the right cricket size for your little lizard friend.
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Why you should feed your baby bearded dragon crickets
There are many reasons why you should feed your baby bearded dragon crickets. Crickets are an excellent source of protein, which is essential for your baby bearded dragon’s growth and development. In addition, crickets are a good source of fat and essential vitamins and minerals.
What size crickets should you feed your baby bearded dragon
The size of cricket you feed your baby bearded dragon will depend on the age and size of your pet. For a baby dragon, you will want to start with small crickets, about the size of their head. As they grow, you can slowly increase the size of the cricket, until they are large enough to eat an adult cricket.
How many crickets should you feed your baby bearded dragon
The number of crickets you should feed your baby bearded dragon will depend on its size. A good rule of thumb is to offer five crickets for every inch of your bearded dragon’s length. This means that a baby bearded dragon that is four inches long should be given 20 crickets per day
What other food can you feed your baby bearded dragon
As with most baby animals, baby bearded dragons need to eat more frequently than adults. They should be offered food every day, and sometimes multiple times a day. It’s important to offer a variety of food items so that your baby bearded dragon gets the nutrients it needs to grow into a healthy adult.
While live food is the best option for your bearded dragon, there are times when you may need to offer other food items. Here are some suggestions for what other food you can feed your baby bearded dragon:
insects: crickets, roaches mealworms
vegetables: collard greens turnip greens, mustard greens, dandelion greens, kale
fruits: mango, papaya, Cantaloupe, honeydew
What supplements do baby bearded dragons need
There are a variety of supplements that baby bearded dragons need. One of the most important is calcium. This is because baby bearded dragons are growing very rapidly and need lots of calcium for their bones and nerves to develop properly. A good way to provide calcium is to feed them crushed up crickets that have been dusted with a calcium powder.
Another important supplement for baby bearded dragons is vitamin D3. This is because they need vitamin D3 in order to absorb calcium properly. Vitamin D3 can be provided by feeding them crickets that have been dusted with a vitamin D3 powder.
Baby bearded dragons also need a source of ultraviolet light in order to synthesis vitamin D3 in their bodies. The best way to provide this is to use an ultraviolet light bulb designed specifically for reptiles.
How often should you feed your baby bearded dragon
As a baby, your bearded dragon will need to be fed more often than an adult. On average, you should feed your baby bearded dragon 5-7 times per day. The best way to determine how often to feed your baby bearded dragon is to monitor their weight. If they start to lose weight, increase the number of feedings per day. If they start to gain weight, decrease the number of feedings per day.
How to gut load crickets for your baby bearded dragon
To ensure that your crickets are properly providing nutrition for your baby bearded dragon, it’s important to gut load them. This process involves feeding the crickets a nutritious diet so that they, in turn, provide nutrients for your bearded dragon when they are eaten. You should gut load crickets for 24 hours before feeding them to your bearded dragon.
To properly gut load crickets, you will need to provide them with a food and water source. A common gut loading food is vegetables like carrots, dark leafy greens, or squash. For water, you can use a shallow dish or put a piece of damp paper towel in their enclosure Be sure to remove any uneaten food and change the water daily.
The size of cricket you feed your baby bearded dragon is also important. They should be no bigger than the space between their eyes, or about ¼” – ½” long. Feed them 2-3 times per day, offering as many crickets as they can eat in 5-10 minutes.
How to dust crickets for your baby bearded dragon
When feeding your baby bearded dragon, you should always dust the crickets with a vitamin and mineral supplement. This is especially important for young dragons, who are still growing and developing their bones. A good way to do this is to put the crickets in a zip-lock bag with the powder and shake it until the crickets are coated.
What to do if your baby bearded dragon won’t eat crickets
If your baby bearded dragon isn’t eating crickets there are a few things you can do to encourage them to eat. One is to try different sizes of crickets. Crickets that are too big may be intimidating for your baby bearded dragon, so try smaller crickets at first. You can also try offering the cricket in different ways, such as on a piece of lettuce or in a small dish. If your baby bearded dragon still isn’t interested in eating or-moving/’>eating you may need to contact a veterinarian.
Troubleshooting common problems with feeding baby bearded dragons
Newborn and juvenile bearded dragons (Pogona vitticeps) generally eat very small prey items, such as young crickets (Acheta domesticus) that are about the size of the space between their eyes. As they grow, they will gradually move up to larger sizes. If you are having trouble getting your baby bearded dragon to eat, there are a few common problems that might be to blame.
One common issue is that the crickets are too big. When choosing crickets for your baby bearded dragon, be sure to select ones that are no bigger than the space between their eyes. You can also try cutting the cricket in half if it is still too large.
Another issue might be that the crickets are not active enough. Live food should be active so that your bearded dragon can see it and be tempted to strike. If your crickets seem sluggish, you can try feeding them a little bit of fruit or vegetable matter to get them moving.
Finally, make sure that you are providing enough food. Bearded dragons will typically eat 10-20 crickets per day when they are babies. If you find that your beardie is not eating enough, try increasing the number of crickets you offer at each mealtime.