Do Bearded Dragons Eat Eggs? (Scrambled/Shell/Raw)
If you are a responsible Bearded Dragon owner (Click here to see, from this guide, how Bearded Dragon owners make costly mistakes) how this guide, the chances are you want the best for him. Meaning, you are likely to be focused on feeding him only the best food for him. But, what about eggs?
Do bearded dragons eat eggs?
Yes, Bearded dragons can eat eggs. But, it should not be in large quantities. The reason for this is, it is high in protein. Too much protein for an adult Beardie is not good for them.
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Now that you know that they can eat eggs, let me explain exactly what an egg is made of, how to prepare the egg, if you wish to serve it up, parts of the egg you must not serve up, and much more. Keep reading…
What is an egg?
According to Wikipedia, an egg is an organic entity, which contains zygote. An embryo is developed and grows until it can survive on its own. It is actually produced from the fertilization of an egg cell.
Nutritional Information about an Egg
If you are wondering exactly what is in an egg, I have compiled some facts about their contact, according to Wikipedia – This is based on a 100g sample:
- Calories – 155
- Fat – 11g
- Cholesterol – 373 mg
- Sodium – 124 mg
- Potassium – 126 mg
- Carbohydrate – 1.1g
- Protein 13g
What is the Eggshell made out of?
As you may already know, eggs have a hard outer shell that protects them from impact. Obviously, it is not the strongest of materials. However, it does protect them never the less.
This hardshell is primarily made from calcium carbonate crystals. From the outside, it may look like a solid unpenetrable material. However, in reality, it is penetrable.
In fact, it is known as a semipermeable material. This basically means that water and even air can pass through it. This is important for the growth and survival of the contents of the egg.
It also has a thin outer layer known as the cuticle. This is important because it helps to guard the egg. From what? Well, believe it or not, there are varies forms of bacteria that can threaten to penetrate the egg. Therefore, this outer layer can help to protect, as well as keeping dust particles out.
How to prepare eggs for your beardie
If you are keen on serving up some eggs for your Beardie, you may be wondering what is the best way to prepare these eggs, right?
Things to avoid
Firstly, you need to make sure that you never offer any raw eggs, they need to be cooked. As well as this, avoid any seasoning, oil, or butter (Should your Beardie eat peanut butter? Click here to check). I know this may seem a bit different to how you prepare your eggs, but your Beardie cannot tolerate these extra ingredients, are you with me?
Boiling or Scrambling
The best, and easiest way, to prepare eggs is boiling or scrambling them. Boiling goes without saying though, right? As for scrambling:
- Place one egg into a bowl
- Scramble the egg (Gently whisk with a fork)
- Then put it into a microwave (Approx 1 or 1.5 minutes should be fine, depending on your type).
Remember, NO additional salt, pepper, seasoning, butter or oil, got it?
Can Bearded Dragons eat eggshells?
No, bearded dragons should not eat eggshells. Sometimes, while you prepare eggs, you get the odd piece of shell in there. Sometimes, if it’s us eating it, you can get away with just eating it (Well I have, anyway).
But, when it comes to our bearded friends, it’s not a good idea. The reason is, it can lead to impaction problems.
If you have not heard of that before, it basically blocks their system, often occurs with poor choices in substate choices in substate (Click here to see why I rate these 3 Bearded Dragon substrates). It’s important to get the right one.
Why is high protein bad for Bearded Dragons?
Earlier I stated that too much protein is bad for a bearded Dragon. To expand on this, when they are young it is not too bad. Why? Because they need more protein when they are younger. In fact, they are usually fed live insects most days at this stage.
Adult Beardies Need less protein
However, as they get older they require less protein. In fact, their diet will typically consist of more vegetables, in particular, leafy greens (Click here to see why bay leaves are not a good idea for your Beardie), once they reach adulthood.
At this stage, if they are feed too much protein they run the danger of getting fat and susceptible to diseases such as fatty liver, or obesity.
Can Beardies eat scrambled eggs?
Yes, Bearded dragons can eat scrambled eggs. However, like eggs in general, it needs to be done in moderation.
An Interesting Analogy
Think of it this way, we all know that fast food is bad for us right? So, when is the last time you ate a burger, pizza or kebab? Exactly!
My point is this, scrambled eggs is really not ideal, but it can be done in moderation, are you with me? You know, you may be short of veg one day and you Beardie needs feeding.
Maybe, in this situation, you might just give him some scrambled eggs “for now”, until you get to the shops with more veg, are you with me?
Can Bearded Dragons Eat Raw Egg?
No, bearded dragons should not eat raw egg, not ever! This is a big NO. Also, while we are on this note. Never consider feeding them unboiled eggshells either. In fact, eggshells should be avoided anyway, to be honest.
The main reason for this is the bacteria. Eggs are rife with bacteria when they are raw. But, when they are cooked, this kills the bacteria. So, eating it raw is not a good idea for us humans or Beardies.
In this section, I will be answering some questions related to Bearded Dragons and food. If you have any other related questions, please feel free to leave me a comment below.
Do bearded dragons have eggs?
Yes, Bearded Dragons do lay eggs. In fact, the female Beardie is even known to lay eggs without mating. But why is this? The reason for this is she can lay infertile eggs. You see, the male is required to fertilize the eggs, for the “magic” to happen.
There are some occasions, that can confuse some lizard owners, where they see their female lay fertilized eggs without any sight of a male. The chances are, this has happened because a male was there at some point, without you seeing it. Or, maybe they are really not fertilized eggs, are you with me?
Do bearded dragons chew their food?
No, Bearded dragons do not chew their food. This is why it is important to feed them food that is correctly sized. Why? Because, if the food is too big it can choke them.
But, what is the right size? Well, a general guide, for most lizards, is to not feed them any food item that s longer than the distance between their eyes, are you with me?
Can Bearded Dragons eat bacon?
No, you should not feed your bearded dragon bacon. To be honest, they may attempt to eat it if it’s offered, but that’s not the point.
Well, bacon is full of fat and salt, both of which are not good for your beardie. It offers no nutritional value and negatively affects its health. Are you with me?
Can Bearded Dragons Eat Kiwi?
Yes, Bearded Dragons can eat Kiwi. But, it should not be its staple food. Meaning, it should only be a rare treat, at best. Why? The main reason for this is the high amount of oxalic acid it contains. This is not god for its calcium levels.
Think of it in the same manner as scrambled eggs, that we discussed earlier. Yes, your beardie will probably devour this Kiwi, but it doesn’t mean its good for him. It is, again, similar to my fast food analogy (see above).