We received an email from a reader about his bearded dragon lizard, a 2-year-old named Lulu.

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We received an email from a reader about his bearded dragon lizard, a 2-year-old named Lulu.

The readers admits to forgetting to feed her some days, but he says she has been fine until recently. She has stopped eating lettuce and now only eats crickets. He says she is very slim — about 1-foot, 4-inches, nose to tail. He is concerned, because of the apparent weight loss and eating habits, that she is ill.

Dr. Jennifer Pramuk, an animal curator at Seattle’s Woodland Park Zoo, answers his questions.

Question: How often and how much does a bearded dragon lizard need to eat? How big should a healthy 2-year-old dragon lizard be?

Answer: Bearded dragons, a handsome lizard species native to Australia, are omnivorous, meaning they eat small animals like invertebrates and veggies and some fruits. You should offer your bearded dragon a varied diet. Usually, this species loves to eat, and excessive weight gain can be a common problem with captive “beardies.”

Because your lizard is losing weight, you should offer food and fresh water every day. A healthy beardie should be offered food approximately three times a week. Food should be fresh and supplemented with vitamins.