People love eggs. But how about bearded dragons? Apart from that, we know that bearded dragons can eat a variety of foods, but are eggs good for bearded dragons? Or bad?
Bearded dragons can eat eggs as long as you don’t give them eggs more than once a month. Eggs should be fed rarely to bearded dragons. Additionally, it’s best practice to only feed grass-fed/free-range chicken eggs.
In today’s post we’ll talk about how safe it is to feed eggs to your bearded dragon along with a bunch of other related questions. Let’s just get started.
Nutrition In Raw Eggs
100 Grams of Raw/Fresh Egg contains the following: [According to USDA National Nutrient Database]
|Nutrients in Eggs||Amount|
|Vitamin A||540 IU|
Source: USDA National Nutrient Database
The first thing I notice when looking at the above table is the disproportionate calcium to phosphorus ratio. Well, it’s not that bad to be honest, but it’s still a negative ratio.
Bearded dragons need foods with a positive calcium to phosphorus ratio to help them grow strong bones and get the right amount of calcium from their daily meals.
Failure in providing your dragon with enough calcium can lead to Metabolic Bone Disease, which is one of the most common and dangerous diseases in captive bearded dragons.
If you’d like to know more about it and understand what’s actually happening when your dragon receives foods high in phosphorus, I’d recommend reading this article called Metabolic Bone Disease in Bearded Dragons, posted a while ago by the veterinarians at PetHelpful.com.
Going forward, eggs are a rich source of Vitamin A as well, which is a good thing for bearded dragons as they actually need Vitamin A in their dietary plan.
Too much Vitamin A, however, is not good either. In fact, I’d advise against feeding your dragon foods that are rich in Vitamin A if he’s taking Vitamin A supplements as well.
Another well-known disease in bearded dragons is Vitamin A Toxicity. The name makes it very clear on what this is referring to I guess.
Can Bearded Dragons Eat Eggs?
Oh well, eggs are packed with proteins while they are nutritious as well, so why wouldn’t you feed eggs to your dragon whenever you feel like feeding eggs?
Bearded dragons have ‘slightly’ different needs than humans…at least when strictly referring to their dietary needs.
Meaning that what is good for you may be good, bad, or a total disaster for bearded dragons. My point is that you need to forget everything you know about common or not so common veggies, leafy greens, or fruits, and do your research prior to feeding your dragon.
Same principle applies to eggs as well. Eggs won’t kill your dragon or anything but there are a few things I want you to be aware of before serving a huge amount of raw eggs to your dragon.
As with most foods, it’s good to use your common sense when ‘cooking’ for your beloved pet lizard.
With that being said, HEALTHY bearded dragons can safely eat eggs if served in moderation and limited portion.
Eggs are not staple in a dragon’s diet. In fact, I wouldn’t say eggs are even treats in a dragon’s diet. Eggs should be fed rarely and only if your dragon needs a boost of proteins in its meal.
Dragons can eat quail eggs as well. In fact, they can eat the whole egg in one-go due to its smaller size, whereas a chicken egg is two times bigger in size and only half of an chicken egg should be fed to dragons.
Key Takeaway: Never feed raw eggs to your bearded dragons as these ones contain bacteria that can lead to serious diseases in bearded dragons.
Can Eggs Cause Harm to Bearded Dragons? Or Is It Beneficial?
As with any food, balance is the key.
Meaning that if fed strategically, eggs will do nothing but to help your dragon. We will see how very soon.
On the other hand, if fed in excess, eggs can get your dragon sick.
Let’s see what I mean by that.
The Good News
Let’s start with the GOOD news.
But first of all I just want to point out that I’m NOT a veterinarian and this is not professional advice. This is only what I’ve learned in the past couple of years combined with in-depth research on the topic before writing any of the articles on the website, which is why I strongly recommend to see a pet vet if you suspect that your dragon has a more serious health condition.
Going forward, in the unlikely event of dealing with a malnourished bearded dragon, I’d say that feeding an egg can in fact prove to be VERY helpful.
Being rich in proteins, eggs can in fact help skinny dragons to put on some weight and help them increase their overall health situation really fast.
The thing with malnourished bearded dragons is that they are often times picky, meaning they won’t feel like trying new foods or eating at all.
If you’re the ‘proud’ owner of a picky dragon, I’d recommend mixing the egg with some of its favourite veggies/leafy greens. This will entice him to eat its favourite meal along with the eggs.
Bonus Tip: You may wanna drop small pieces of its favorite fruit to get things to the next level. They love the sweet taste, soft texture and red color of fruits such as strawberries, tomatoes, watermelon, cherries, or raspberries.
Some veggies dragons love are carrots, cucumbers, cabbage or kale. Avoid feeding spinach or fruits such a oranges or avocados.
The Bad News
Eggs are a rich source of proteins. But I already said that, didn’t I?
Well, let me explain:
Bearded dragons regardless of their habitat, captive dragons or in the wild, need a varied diet that comprises animal protein from superworms, wax worms, crickets and other bugs and insects, as well as plant protein from veggies, leafy greens and fruits.
Baby bearded dragons need more protein than adult dragons because they are still growing and need to develop strong bones and tissues.
The idea is that you don’t want to go overboard with foods that are rich in protein, especially in adult bearded dragons.
One of the most common diseases in bearded dragons it’s known as Fatty Liver Disease also known as Hepatic Lipidosis, which is defined as an increase in fat in the liver that may cause your dragon’s liver not to function the way it should.
How OFTEN Can Bearded Dragons Eat Eggs?
First of all, I’d only feed eggs if I have to.
If your dragon is in need for protein, then yeah, feel free give him an egg, but if not I would’t do it at all.
If you do want to feed your dragon eggs and you’re not sure how often to do it, know that it’s considered safe to only feed your dragon eggs once a month.
Preparing Eggs For Bearded Dragons
I’ll be very fast here because I know you’re dying from curiosity, but if I were to give you one piece of advice and let you go, I’d definitely choose to say that raw eggs shouldn’t be fed to bearded dragons…NEVER.
With that being said, here’s what you need to do if you’re looking to prepare a egg-based meal for your bearded dragon.
- The first step is to decide on what type of egg you want to cook for your dragon. For today’s post, we’ll prepare a boiled chicken egg. However, bearded dragons can eat scrambled eggs as well, as long as you don’t use any oil or butter to cook the egg.
- Now it’s time to clean the egg properly.
- Boil the egg for a few minutes, remove the eggshells, and cut it into appropriate sizes.
- Make sure the egg is brought to room temperature prior to feeding.
- Bearded dragons can eat eggs but they should only be fed eggs from time to time. Once a month is considered to be safe.
- Avoid feeding raw eggs to your bearded dragon as it is harder to digest, messy, hard to clean and can contain bacteria, which can cause your dragon to get very sick really fast.
- Boiling the egg prior to feeding will remove any bacteria, making it safe to be fed to dragons.
- Bearded dragons can also eat scrambled eggs, quail eggs, eggshells, or egg yolk, but only rarely and not as staple food.
- If fed in excess, due to their high protein content, eggs can make your dragon gain weight really fast.
Can Bearded Dragons Eat Raw Eggs? No. Bearded dragons can’t and shouldn’t be fed raw eggs. Raw eggs contain bacteria, which can lead to a variety of diseases in bearded dragons. On top of that, raw eggs are messy, covered in microbes, harder to clean, harder to digest and really really messy.
Can Bearded Dragons Eat Egg Yolk? Yes, they can, but the same rule applies here as well. Egg whites and egg yolk should only be fed to bearded dragons on an occasional basis.
Can Bearded Dragons Eat Scrambled Eggs? Yes, but rarely. Regardless of how you cook your egg, always remember that eggs should only be fed as a treat from time to time. You dragon may actually love scrambled eggs but that doesn’t mean you should give him as much as he wants.
Can Bearded Dragons Eat Egg Shells? Eggs shells are in fact high in calcium. We all know calcium is something every bearded dragon needs. However, before serving egg shells to your dragon, first and foremost you need to ensure the egg is properly boiled to remove any bacteria from the egg shell. The egg shell is high in protein as well.