Do bearded dragons have to eat live crickets?

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Feeding live crickets to bearded dragons is popular, but they do not have to eat live crickets as part of their regular diet. Crickets have high amounts of parasites in their system. Feeding too many crickets to a bearded dragon puts it at risk for parasite infection.

Bearded dragons can be fed other insects such as mealworms and cockroaches that are bred as feeder insects. Waxworms are a good substitute but are high in fat, so they should only be given to pet dragons as an occasional treat.

Bearded dragons thrive on a healthy diet of mixed fresh greens, a little fruit and safe insects that do not have heavy parasite loads.

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It all depends on the sizes of the crickets, so I'll make large ones "A) and small ones "B) When they are new borns, they should get A) 1-2 a day and B) 2-4 a day. Never
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Our dragon eats anywere from 20-40 3-4 week olds in about 24-48 hours when we feed him. I found that Raising crickets isn't worth it as they all died: Just buy about 10-15 crickets
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You remove the crickets from the cage. Did you really need me to tell you that? You should NEVER leave crickets in the cage for more than 5 minutes. What are you doing, dropping
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