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I know someone who needs to find a new home for her bearded dragon because she cannot afford him.  She is willing to give him away for free with all of his stuff.  I would love to take him, but I am concerned about the diet.  I read that they have a vegetable-based diet, but that they need insects every other day.  I have read some other topics where people discuss feeding mice etc. to their pets, but I haven't come across anything about insects.  I would not be comfortable feeding insects to a pet.  Does anyone have a vegan bearded dragon or know if it's possible to keep them healthy with a vegan diet?  Please let me know!  I would love to help this lady out and have a new pet, but I won't take him if a vegan diet would be unhealthy. 

Hi, unfortunately I don't know that it would be healthy to feed a 100% vegetable diet to a bearded dragon. They do eat a lot of veges, but I believe they do need to have a varied diet including some insects.  I used to work with some bearded dragons, they're fantastic animals, but yeah, if you're not happy with feeding insects, you might not want to take one on.
If anyone knows of any research to the contrary, I'd be keen as to see it, but that's my best educated guess for now!

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I have a few friends with bearded dragons.  They feed insects. 

Hannah Rose, my hedgehog would die on a vegetarian diet.  This board is a wonderful site for vegetarian/vegan people but not so good for our pets that need animal protein, whether in the form of insects, meat, eggs, fish etc.

Rule of thumb, if you want a pet that is vegetarian, get a bunny or an iguana.  Don't get a snake, cat, dog, bearded dragon, hedgehog, bird.....  Although caged birds do well on seed, fruits and veggies, in the wild they eat worms, bugs etc.

Animals that require certain foods need those foods.  That is how they were made and how their digestive tracts work.

Bearded dragons are really wonderful pets.  Maybe someone else could feed it for you.

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I dont know if this will change anything. But you can feed it insects that arent alive if that makes you feel better; I know feeding live things would freak me out a bit. They have frozen/freeze dried things in pet stores if you look and ask around. Like Di said though, we can be veg*n because we are able to thrive on plants, some animals need to have an omnivore diet to keep them healthy and living.

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I dont know if this will change anything. But you can feed it insects that arent alive if that makes you feel better; I know feeding live things would freak me out a bit. They have frozen/freeze dried things in pet stores if you look and ask around. Like Di said though, we can be veg*n because we are able to thrive on plants, some animals need to have an omnivore diet to keep them healthy and living.

most bearded dragons won't eat insects unless they are alive. 

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My friend used to have bearded dragons. They crushed crickets,and  it was sick. But they didn't eat them too often. There would be crickets that would chill in the cage for a week, chirping away. My friend even had to put food (a gel-like food) for the crickets in the cage because the bearded dragons didn't eat them fast enough.

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Thanks for the advice!  I definitely would not want to get a pet if I know I can't keep it healthy.

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I have a few friends with bearded dragons.  They feed insects. 

Hannah Rose, my hedgehog would die on a vegetarian diet.  This board is a wonderful site for vegetarian/vegan people but not so good for our pets that need animal protein, whether in the form of insects, meat, eggs, fish etc.

Rule of thumb, if you want a pet that is vegetarian, get a bunny or an iguana.  Don't get a snake, cat, dog, bearded dragon, hedgehog, bird.....  Although caged birds do well on seed, fruits and veggies, in the wild they eat worms, bugs etc.

Animals that require certain foods need those foods.  That is how they were made and how their digestive tracts work.

Bearded dragons are really wonderful pets.  Maybe someone else could feed it for you.

I would also like to add that tarantulas can sustain a 100% plant based diet and live long, healthy lives. My friend has two :)

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I have a few friends with bearded dragons.  They feed insects. 

Hannah Rose, my hedgehog would die on a vegetarian diet.  This board is a wonderful site for vegetarian/vegan people but not so good for our pets that need animal protein, whether in the form of insects, meat, eggs, fish etc.

Rule of thumb, if you want a pet that is vegetarian, get a bunny or an iguana.  Don't get a snake, cat, dog, bearded dragon, hedgehog, bird.....  Although caged birds do well on seed, fruits and veggies, in the wild they eat worms, bugs etc.

Animals that require certain foods need those foods.  That is how they were made and how their digestive tracts work.

Bearded dragons are really wonderful pets.  Maybe someone else could feed it for you.

I would also like to add that tarantulas can sustain a 100% plant based diet and live long, healthy lives. My friend has two :)

I didn't know that.  Cool!  Tarantulas are so amazing.  I have yet to hold one though.  Have touched a couple. In the wild, would they not eat insects or mice?

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