Your bearded dragon should poop on a regular schedule. When this schedule isn’t met, it can be alarming. Bearded dragons should poop only once or twice a week, but if your dragon is brumating or suffering from a parasitic infection, it may be more frequently than this. However, this isn’t always a cause for concern. Read on to discover why and how often your beardie should be pooping.
1-3 times a week
While brumation doesn’t require your Bearded Dragon to go to the bathroom every day, it will need to poop at least three times a week. Generally, a 20-minute soak after feeding will be sufficient. It is also important to remember that your Beardie’s diet may influence its poop frequency. Here are some tips to help your beardie poop more frequently.
A bearded dragon should poop about once a day, depending on their age. Adults should poop once every two to three days, depending on the amount of activity they experience. However, if you notice your Beardie pooping more frequently, there are some easy ways to prevent impaction. Listed below are 5 of the most common causes of impaction.
Your Beardie may not defecate at all, but this is not a cause for alarm. Your beardie may be suffering from digestive issues, or may have overfed, underfed, or been dehydrated. Constipation in bearded dragons is similar to what happens to people during the winter. In mild cases, it can be treated at home, while severe impactions may require veterinary attention.
More often during brumation
During brumation, your bearded dragon should poop more often than usual. Bearded dragons do not pee, so bowel movements are similar to both urinating and pooping at the same time. Their poop should contain both fecal matter and urate, which indicates their digestive health. Besides, bearded dragons have a great ability to hide illnesses and odors.
Be sure to give your beardie plenty of water before brumation and check for any signs of parasites. If your beardie is not pooping at all during brumation, it may be due to stress or illness. If you’re concerned about your beardie’s health, consider consulting a veterinarian. During this period, bearded dragons need extra attention and care to avoid illness and parasites.
In the wild, dragons often bury themselves in soil to prevent freezing. During their wintertime slumber, they will draw moisture from the ground to stay warm. You can give your beardie a complete darkness environment for several days or weeks, but this will disturb its natural sleep. During brumation, you should provide your beardie with food and water.
More often during a parasitic infection
It is common for a bearded dragon to poop more than twice a week. However, some changes to the poop color are common and normal. For example, poop that is black, stringy, or red is indicative of ingestion of red dye. A red or black colored poop is another sign of parasitic infection. More often during a parasitic infection should a bearded dragon poop?
If your bearded dragon is experiencing an infection, you should monitor him for signs of parasites. A parasite can be transferred to a bearded dragon by eating insects with parasites. Crickets are one common source of protein for a bearded dragon’s diet. Crickets contain a high fat and protein content that supports growth. Dubai cockroaches and super worms are two other protein sources that bearded dragons can consume. Crickets, however, are not recommended for adult bearded dragons because of their high fat content.
Symptoms of abnormal poop
You may have noticed an unusual amount of poop coming out of your bearded dragon’s tank. While it will depend on the age and consistency of your dragon’s elimination habits, excessive pooping is an indication that your pet is stressed. This can be caused by stressful situations both inside and outside of its tank, as well as uneaten feeders and temperature changes. To find the cause of the excessive poop, contact a veterinarian. The veterinarian will most likely want to examine your beardie for parasites.
Various causes of abnormal bearded dragon poop can be attributed to poor diet, stress, poor husbandry, or other conditions. While a single bad poop is usually not cause for alarm, abnormal stools should be checked by a vet. Here are some common signs and possible causes of abnormal beardie poop. The first sign is runny or watery poop. The second symptom is a foul-smelling poop.