Can Bearded Dragons Eat Centipedes? (See What Happens)

can bearded dragons eat centipedes

The answer is, and this may surprise you: Yes, Bearded Dragons can eat centipedes. But please understand: Many if not most Bearded Dragons will not willingly go near a centipede unless they are extremely hungry and the centipede has been dead for some time. Check out the list of insects for bearded dragons.

Is it safe for bearded dragons to eat centipedes

This means that it’s likely your bearded dragon won’t want to eat the thing anyway.

Some species of centipedes are extremely dangerous to bearded dragons and your bearded dragon knows it. A centipede will bite one of your bearded dragon’s toes and it will get infected, which could lead to the death of your pet. So it’s best to keep centipedes away from them if you can.

But what about one that has already been killed? It is actually possible for even nervous Bearded Dragons to eat dead centipedes without getting sick. But they are not likely to do so unless they are very hungry.

Centipedes are toxic to bearded dragons, but a well-prepared (and well-mannered!) beardie might be able to eat one without getting hurt if the centipede is completely dead and dried out

Insect List for Bearded Dragons

Do Bearded Dragons Like Centipedes?

Some species of centipedes are very toxic to bearded dragons. You should stay away from feeding your beardie centipedes. Besides, it’s not the best practice to be feeding your bearded dragon wild insects. They could be carrying parasites or other diseases.

Bearded dragons are omnivores, but their diet should consist of more plants than meat. In the wild, this is easier because they have access to a variety of plants and insects available to them on any given day. You can offer your bearded dragon a dig box filled with dark leafy greens and vegetables daily, while keeping insects as an occasional treat.

Can A Centipede Kill A Bearded Dragon?

Some Bearded Dragons have been known to die after ingesting certain bugs. This includes both tarantulas and centipedes. Even though the tarantula toxin wasn’t meant for them, if they eat enough of them then their systems can no longer handle the toxin and it starts shutting down their organs one by one until they die (which usually takes a few days). The same is true of centipedes.

However, some people have had more success with this method than others. For instance, a large adult bearded dragon might be able to eat a small adult centipede and survive, but it would likely kill a baby dragon. Plus there’s no guarantee that the lizard will always go after the centipede as soon as you put them together either. In fact, many dragons try not to eat centipedes as they’re extremely fast and can often end up running away from the dragon once they feel threatened by them by biting their tail or feet first. It definitely isn’t something I would risk my pet lizard for – If you keep your lizards well-fed then they probably won’t even consider it.

In conclusion, it is best to not feed centipedes to bearded dragons. There’s a good chance the bearded dragon will refuse it and it can be potentially hazardous if they do try to eat it. It’s not worth the risk.

Rich Hansen

I'm a long time Bearded Dragon owner. I currently have two Bearded Dragons, Sam and Dean. I'm also a huge fan of the show Supernatural.

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