Can Bearded Dragons Eat Slugs? (Benefits/Risks)

Yes, bearded dragons can eat store-bought slugs. Slugs are mostly made up of proteins, carbohydrates, vitamins, and minerals.

Bearded dragons eat non-moving food items like flowers, bugs/insects, fruit, and vegetables. Slugs are not moving food items yet they are still edible for bearded dragons.

Bearded dragons can also eat slugs that have been molted. Unlike bearded dragons, slugs molt as they grow larger.

The skin of the slug does not separate from its outer layer so it appears to be an entire piece even though the bottom is where the separation occurs.

Bearded dragons will typically eat slugs that are smaller than their own head.

One should note that these prey items may not be a staple item in the bearded dragon’s diet.

Bearded dragons will also eat prey items that are larger than their own head, so this does not mean that if the slug is smaller it should be avoided.

Slugs typically live on the land where there is moisture at least some of the time due to their moist skin, so they may be found in and around water sources such as swamps.

Slugs can be considered a toxin, however, many people who keep dragons as pets feed them slugs on a regular basis either occasionally or as part of their staple diet with no ill effects.

Slugs also have a high water content which can be beneficial to bearded dragons as desert reptiles.  

In summary, bearded dragons will eat slugs but it is not something that should replace a staple item in their diet.

It would be a good idea to feed only slugs every other day to avoid over-feeding them.

The diets of desert lizards are generally very lightweight, so adding slugs in should not be a problem for the bearded dragon’s digestive system.

There is no considerable benefit for bearded dragons to eat slugs, but it does have several benefits including being insects and lacking toxins.