Can Bearded Dragons Eat Ants? (The Risks!)

Yes, bearded dragons can eat ants, but they’re not the best thing to feed to your pet beardie.

Medium-sized ants are less nutritious for bearded dragons than large ants because they contain less fat and therefore fewer calories.

Large ants, however, may actually pose a risk to your pet’s health. If a large ant has built up an immunity to the poison of its colony’s queen or if it has been stung by other bugs in the past, it could harm your beardie if the ant is venomous.

Bearded dragons are omnivores and will not have a hard time adjusting to an ant-based diet as long as they have access to other foods as well.

Because of the low nutritional value in ants, however, this kind of diet should be used on a short-term basis.

Bearded dragons have a varied omnivore diet and can eat ants, but since they are low in nutritional value, an ant-based diet should be used for the short term.

Will ants bite my beardie?

Yes, ants will bite your beardie.

It’s not likely that the ant will penetrate the bearded dragon’s tough skin, but it can still cause some irritation and discomfort.

If you notice any swelling on your beardie’s skin after feeding him ants, take him to a veterinarian as soon as possible.

Bearded dragons like other reptiles have tough skin and ants will likely not penetrate their skin. If there is swelling, take him to a veterinarian as soon as possible.

Can beardies eat dead ants?

Bearded dragons are omnivores and can eat live or dead ants, but don’t leave the ant corpse in his tank. He won’t want to go near the dead insect and it may attract bugs, reptiles, mice, or other pests.