Nutrition is an important aspect of inland bearded dragon ( Pogona vitticeps) health and improper diet is thought to be a predisposing factor for many health disorders. The objective of this study was to survey bearded dragon owners to learn more about their feeding practices and supplement use. Self-selecting bearded dragon owners were invited to participate in the survey if they were over 18 years of age or had guardian consent and resided in Canada or the United States. A survey titled “Nutritional Survey of Bearded Dragon Dietary Habits in North America” was available online following research ethics board approval from the University of Guelph. A total of 405 responses representing sub-adult and adult bearded dragons were evaluated. The most common diet offered consisted of one to 25% larval and adult insects, each, and 51 to 75% plant material. Approximately half of the survey participants, especially the younger respondents, were feeding diets with less than 50% plant material and more than 50% insects. Berries were the most common plant material offered, while superworms (Zophobas morio) and hornworms ( Manduca sexta) were the most common larval insects offered, and house crickets ( Acheta domesticus) were the most common adult insects offered. Insects were commonly dusted with calcium, vitamin D 3 and multivitamins, but plant materials were not dusted. These results highlighted the requirment for the development of clear nutritional guidelines outlining the type, quantity, and frequency of food items and supplements offered, and the requirement of further investigations to determine the.....

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