Bearded Dragon Slurry Recipes

Who doesn’t appreciate a tasty smoothie? They’re a favorite in many cultures due to their refreshing taste and ease of consumption. And, as it turns out, bearded dragons adore them as well!

That’s right, thousands of bearded dragon owners have had a lot of success feeding their bearded dragons smoothies or slurries, which you may or may not be aware of.

Slurries are great because they have a smooth texture in your bearded dragon’s stomach while also allowing you to sneak in medications, supplements, and other items.

In fact, I’ve found that if I hide certain medicines and supplements within a slurry, I can get my dragons to take them more easily, so chances are, this trick might work well for you too!

How Much Slurry Does My Bearded Dragon Need?

Before we get started on the recipes, let’s talk about how much slurry you should be giving your bearded dragon at any given time!

You should only give your beardie 3–6ml per serving, with larger adult beardies receiving 4-6ml and smaller or young dragons receiving 3ml once a day or as needed.

And what about the leftovers? I recommend freezing or storing them in the refrigerator for no more than a few days.

How to Feed Bearded Dragon a Slurry?

Then there’s the question of how to feed your beardie their slurry.

You won’t necessarily want to plop it into a bowl, as I’m sure you can guess.

Now, if your bearded dragon eats it this way, that’s great! However, it’s likely that you’ll have to put in a little more effort than this.

I recommend investing in some low-cost syringes for syringe feeding your bearded dragon, like this one. Syringes that are 10ml are ideal for single feedings and storing leftovers in the fridge for up to three days.

When drawing the bearded dragon slurry into the syringe, make sure there are no air bubbles because this can cause your beardie to swallow air. Which can potentially be dangerous.

If your bearded dragon refuses to eat from a normal syringe and requires force-feeding (which should always be a last resort), you’ll need to administer the slurry in one of two ways. See the list below. But before you do, keep these things in mind.

Force-feeding a Bearded Dragon Eating Slurry multiple times is a last resort, and I’d only recommend it if your vet gives you the okay and your dragon isn’t eating at all.

Do not force-feed your dragon a slurry if it is just a “treat” for them; only do so if they aren’t eating, need medicine, or something similar.

Force Feeding Option #1: Syringe Feeding

If your dragon isn’t sucking the slurry off their snout or simply licking the syringe tip, I recommend investing in a syringe that will allow you to get the slurry into their mouth.

Syringes with curved tips, like this one, allow you to gently insert them into the corner of your dragon’s mouth and direct the solution to the middle of the tongue rather than the throat.

Force Feeding Option #2: Using a Crop Needle

The bearded dragon slurry can be injected more effectively with a crop needle because it ensures the slurry reaches the dragon’s throat.

This is an excellent choice for medicine that doesn’t taste good or for dragons that refuse to eat.

Unlike a regular syringe, which simply injects the slurry into the mouth or the front of the throat, a crop needle injects the slurry into the bearded dragon’s throa