Can Bearded Dragons Eat Mealworm Beetles? (The Risks!)

No, bearded dragons shouldn’t eat mealworms beetles as they’re high in chitin.

Chitin is indigestible and can’t be digested, so bearded dragons won’t get any nutrients from the mealworm beetles.

Bearded dragons should only eat feeder insects that are high in fat and low in chitin to ensure they’re getting the nutrients they need.

Crickets and roaches are recommended feeder insects as they have a high-fat content, but moths and flies are not recommended.

If you’re feeding your bearded dragon on a diet of mealworms beetles, it’s important to ensure there is enough calcium available for them to make their bones strong.

Calcium can be supplemented in the form of black soldier fly larvae, dried eggshells, or other calcium-rich insects.

Mealworms beetles are not recommended for bearded dragons, but there are many other feeder insects that will provide your pet with the nutrients they need to have a healthy digestive system and strong bones.

You can discuss different options with your local herpetologist or pet shop seller.