It's true and also hard to believe. He is going to be 7 months and I just give up trying to feed him with vegetables. We tried carrots, corn, lettuce, but it seems that all he wants to eat is crickets and worms sometimes. When I put veggies on his cage, he don't even look at them, but he see crikets, he is so excited about them. What can I do? I want him to eat veggies too. I believe it will keep him a little bit healthy.
Thanks for any suggestion,
Sammy
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It's true and also hard to believe. He is going to be 7 months and I just give up trying ... can I do? I want him to eat veggies too. I believe it will keep him a little bit healthy.

We get the message from your multiple posts Emotion: wink
It can be quite common for younger beardies to ignore their veggies and just eat insects, so don't worry too much. I think both of mine were almost a year old before they took any real interest in anything remotely green looking! Hence why I'm always sceptical of any advert that claims 8 week old beardies are happily munching veggies, as well as their crickets Emotion: wink

Not saying it's impossible mind, but from my experience (I've bred them too), and talking to many beardie owners, it's highly unlikely. Until they reach adulthood, 12-18mths, their diet is primarily protein based, i.e. insects, but as they mature they switch more to veggies and fruit and don't need as many insects. I forget the actual ratios right now, but I'm sure someone else will have them to hand, so I shouldn't worry too much right now.
The most important thing you need to concern yourself with right now is that you're giving an appropriate calcium/vit D3 supplement, as well as providing adequate UV exposure, so you will end up with a healthy adult beardie Emotion: smile

Keep offering small amounts of veggies/fruit but don't be too concerned if they are ignored for now. Try varying the insects too ... locusts are a big favourite with beardies, as are certain cockroaches, but only specific purpose-bred species, not your common pest found in the wild. Waxworms go down a treat too, but only feed sparingly as they have a high fat content.

I know this might sound strange, but are you certain you have a male? I only ask as two of my friends now keep single males, both of which have reached sexual maturity!!! And to hear them talk of how their beardies behave, you'd think they had a male iguana loose in the house, not some poor harmless beardie Emotion: big smile
Chloe
It's true and also hard to believe. He is going to be 7 months and I just give up trying ... him to eat veggies too. I believe it will keep him a little bit healthy. Thanks for any suggestion, Sammy

Most young dont eat veg, but keep trying, drop the lettuce tho, try other greens.
Not sure about bearded dragons, but the water dragon here likes spinach, if it's chopped up. I think it's partly the colour too.

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It's true and also hard to believe. He is going ... him a little bit healthy. Thanks for any suggestion, Sammy

JH> Most young dont eat veg, but keep trying, drop the lettuce tho, try other JH> greens.

Dave
Not sure about bearded dragons, but the water dragon here likes spinach, if it's chopped up. I think it's partly the colour too.

Spinach is a good food for beardies in moderation. It's high in oxalic acid which binds calcium.
-Z
Not sure about bearded dragons, but the water dragon here likes spinach, if it's chopped up. I think it's partly the colour too.

Spinach is a good food for beardies in moderation. It's high in oxalic acid which binds calcium. -Z

Same with water dragons and all other omnivores and herbivores. Small quantities OK, large or regular consumption not OK.

fr0glet
I heard that they don't really get interested in eating veggies that much until they are about a year old. Youngsters prefer livefood, they're growing, so they have higher protein requirements than adults
I heard that they don't really get interested in eating veggies that much until they are about a year old. Youngsters prefer livefood, they're growing, so they have higher protein requirements than adults

Yup, Harry didn't eat veggies til he was 12 months old. Now he eats allsorts including those dry pellets by T-Rex that I bought incase of emergencies -))

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Try "wriggly salad". Get some mealworms and sprinkle them on his greens. The wriggly mealworms will attract him and while he is eating them he will probably by default also eat some of the greens
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