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What Does Bearded Dragon Poop Look Like?

What Does Bearded Dragon Poop Look Like?

Monitoring your bearded dragon’s poop is an important part of its care. If you have recently purchased a new beardie, it may not poop right away due to the stress of moving but this needs to be monitored. If it lasts more than a week then there could be a serious problem.

This can also happen if you’re moving it to a new enclosure. As soon as it adjusts to its new surroundings which usually takes about a week, the bearded dragon’s bowel moments will get back to normal as long as its enclosure has the correct husbandry.

Also, during brumation, which is similar to hibernation in mammals, your beardie won’t eat as much (or at all), so it won’t have bowel movements as often as it normally would.

Here are some of the most typical bearded dragon BM’s look like:

Brown and White 

The most common bowel movement type in bearded dragons will be brown and white. the brown part will be log-shaped with the white part on the end. The white color is the urate or their pee – waste product from your beardie’s kidneys. Bearded dragons don’t pee, so urates come out with their BM.

Chalky Hard Urate

The white part should be soft. If the white part of your pet is chalky and hard, this means your beardie has too much calcium in their diet. You will need to amend your dragon's diet, either by offering less calcium-rich foods or usually by cutting back on the calcium supplements.

All White

All white poop in your dragon can mean that he/she is overly-hydrated, as the white part is urate, and this should not concern you. However if the white part Is hard or chalky or off-color then see the relevant section in this article.

Runny Poop

Runny poop means that your beardie has diarrhea, particularly if your pet is going frequently. The two most common reasons for diarrhea in dragons are diet (overhydration) and parasites (most commonly, coccidia). Overhydration is usually caused by feeding your bearded dragon too many leafy greens, fruits or horn worms. Parasite-caused runny BMs tend to be more smelly than normal, you will also notice that the poop is more of an unformed mess, compared to an overhydration runny poop. If this is the case then it needs to be treated as soon as possible since diarrhea can severely dehydrate your pet.

Yellow Poop or Yellow Urate

The yellow color of your lizard’s BM can come from red fruits but can also be indicative of liver problems that would need bloodwork to determine. However, if your dragon has off-color yellowish urates, it may be a sign that your pet is dehydrated, you will need to add more hydration to your dragon's diet.

Blood in Your Bearded Dragon’s Poop

Blood in your pet’s stool can be upsetting. However, you may want to wait for another poop or two to see if BMs normalize. If blood in your dragon’s stool re-occurs, this may be due to constipation or internal bleeding (intestinal or stomach).

In case of constipation, your beardie may also appear lethargic, lose appetite and reject their food, display pale color, and rapid weight loss. This could mean that some of the stool is stuck in their intestines, in which case a gentle belly massage and warm bath can help, along with plenty of hydration, However if it persists then veterinary attention should be sought.

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Comments

Reptile Supply - November 16, 2020

Hi Pam, sounds like your beardie is a bit over-hydrated. Bathing is not necessary for bearded dragons (this is a common myth about their care) and can cause them to defecate too frequently. It’s best to just mist their greens and provide a water bowl if you’re worried about hydration (and no, the water bowl won’t raise humidity too high – that’s another common myth). However, it wouldn’t hurt to have your vet do a fecal check for parasites just in case.

Reptile Supply - November 16, 2020

Hi Claire, it can be alarming to find red in your beardie’s poo or urate. It could be related to diet, but it could also indicate problems like parasites or dehydration. If the problem persists, make an appointment with an experienced reptile veterinarian to get your pet examined.

Austyn - November 16, 2020

My bearded dragon has been home about 4 days; he ate really good the first two days but the last two he hasn’t touched anything. His temp is good but he does have some runny poop. He’s been basking a lot at about 105-110 degrees so I don’t think that he’s having to much of an issue digesting. Could he just be stressed? He seems to love coming out of his tank and laying with me or running around so I’m not to sure it’s stress as he will jump onto me and lay flat down or in the later parts of his day will curl up under a blanket on me. I’ve put slight pressure on his belly and it doesn’t seem to be in pain and he’s making regular bowl movements about one a day. Can over hydration cause them not to eat?

Pam - November 16, 2020

My bearded dragon’s poop is formed but has water around it. Pee looks normal. She gets a bath 3-4 x a week, eats greens w calcium powder, crunchy freezedried meal worms and superworms. Is the water normal or should she see a vet?

Claire - November 16, 2020

what do i do if my bearded dragon has a little red in its pee/poop

Reptile Supply - October 7, 2020

Hi David, the unusual color is likely diet-related. If it persists even after you stop offering watermelon, it would be best to schedule an appointment with an experienced reptile vet.

Reptile Supply - October 7, 2020

Hi Tyler, those small white poops are probably urate, which is the reptile version of urine. However if your pet continues to have abnormal bowel movements, it wouldn’t hurt to take them to an experienced reptile vet for an exam.

Reptile Supply - October 7, 2020

Hi Chris, if the red color persists, it would be a good idea to schedule an appointment with an experienced reptile veterinarian. Meanwhile, it’s probably best not to feed radishes to your dragon anymore, as they’re not a great food for bearded dragons.

Tyler - October 7, 2020

my beardie keeps having small white poops that would normally be in his regularBM
what do I do??

David Petrishki - October 7, 2020

Hi,My bearded dragon has some really red poop 2 times already. He ate some watermelon I thought it was from it,but I’m not sure. It looks like jelly it’s not that watery, but I still have concerns if I have to take him to the vet.
Thanks

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