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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

Gia - July 14, 2020

Hello! my beardie has recently had really bad smelling poop that just looks like a big clump of mess. it’s not really a normal “poop” shape but just a pile of runny clumpy poop. does she have parasites?

Reptile Supply - July 11, 2020

Hi Clara, it sounds like your dragon has a great diet! Depending on their age they require a different ratio of bugs to salad. As adults they need 80% salad and 20% bugs, and as babies/juveniles they need 80% bugs and 20% salad. The diet that you have your dragon on is perfect for an adult, but if your dragon is younger they should be having bugs daily. It sounds like the poop is okay, but keep an eye on it, if you haven’t gotten one already then it would be good to get a fecal done just in case. It’s par for the course to get a fecal done every few months just in case, especially if diarrhea is present. Also ensure that you provide a variety of bugs, dubia roaches, black soldier fly larvae and hornworms are a great mix.

Regards,
Simon

Clara - July 11, 2020

I got my beardie about 2 weeks ago. His poop was healthy up until about 4 days or so. It got harder to spot any urate and it was very slimy and wet. Should I be worried?

He eats 12 or so crickets every other day, and salad that consists of collard greens, dandelion greens, bell pepper, carrot, peas, and occasionally blueberries or apple or strawberry topped with 4 mealworms every other day.

Reptile Supply - July 8, 2020

Hi Amber, congratulations on your new dragon!when you say you have checked the temp and it is 107°F, do you mean the basking spot temperature? The basking spot area should be 100-115°F, so that’s fine, but you want the ambient temp on the warm side to be around 90-95°F and the cooler side of the tank to be approximately 80°F. Ensure that you measure the temperature accurately with a proper thermometer like a Zoo Med probe thermometer.

If there is some fluid around the poop, that means your baby is somewhat hydrated, which is a good thing, but ensure that your baby is well hydrated, give him plenty of water and offer some healthy salads; that should produce more urates in their stool in general. Baby/juvenile dragons need to have 80% bugs in their diet, so ensure that you are offering a healthy choice of insects; the best are dubia roaches, black soldier fly larvae, and hornworms. Also, ensure that you have a good UVB setup, UVB is vital for producing vitamin D3, which helps your baby to absorb calcium from the food that they eat.

So healthy diet, salad offered but mainly bugs, plenty of hydration, proper temps and UVB and your dragon should be fine. Watch out for lethargy, runny unformed stools, and loss of appetite, if you notice any of those, then you should seek veterinary attention and get a fecal exam done. If you have any further questions, then you are welcome to reply. I hope this helps!

Regards, Simon

Amber Taylor - July 7, 2020

I just got my dragon. He is barely eating. We have check the temp and it is 107. When he poop it was brown with fluid around it and they was barely any white. What can I do to help my baby?

Simon Cloutman - July 6, 2020

Hi Cooper,
When a dragon’s urates are brown it can be residue from the fecal matter still on the outside of the urate. But if the urate is actually another color other than white, then usually this is a sign of dehydration. Especially if the urate is hard/chalky along with the discoloration then dehydration is probably all it is. Give your dragon some water, leafy greens, and even some hornworms would be good for him since they are high in hydration. I hope you get it figured out, feel free to reply if you still have any issues and I’ll help as best I can!

Regards,
Simon

Cooper - July 6, 2020

Part of my bearded dragons irate is a light brown. This has never happened before and I had just gotten back from a trip where my dad was taking care of him. Should I be concerned and do you know what this is?

Reptile Supply - June 24, 2020

Hi Aidan! As long as your bearded dragon has appropriate basking temperatures (105-115°F as measured by a digital probe thermometer or temp gun), has ready access to clean drinking water, has appropriate UVB provided by a linear tube Zoo Med T5 HO Reptisun 10.0 or similar, and is otherwise healthy, your dragon likely will not get impacted from this incident.

We can’t see the image at the link you provided because it has not been unlocked for other people to view the file. However, it is near impossible for young bearded dragons to become overweight, so your dragon is likely fine in this regard as well.

Aidan - June 24, 2020

I think I just gave my three month old beardie which is 10.5 inches impaction because he ate a giant male dubia roach who fluttered into his tank, should I be worried? Also, is my baby beardie fat? https://drive.google.com/file/d/1Ynqcq2PBp0thE9gB4zxiBOsq9IOczCDg/view

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