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The Poop Story

 

When you own a bearded dragon, the subject of poop is bound to come up sooner or later if not very frequently. Everything about dragons seems to revolve around their poo and there is a good reason for it. Healthy dragons have healty looking poop, and since one of the things they do most frequently is eat, the next most frequent thing they do is poop.

So what is a healty poop supposed to look like?
It should be well formed and have a soft but firm consistency. The texture will vary depending on what was eaten but usually has a dark green color with some grain to it. Insects will make it darker, firmer and more dense with a rough texture. Butternut squash will make it orange and very moist, similar to how it went in. And Nature Zone bearded dragon bites will make it bright green. The amount or size is also directly related to how much went in, it can be surprisingly large in comparison to the size of your dragon. It should not be a pile of mush or runny in texture, this could be a sign of parasites.

Why is part of it white?
The white part is the urate. Their bodies have evolved to use water more efficiently than ours so instead of urinating, they only excrete the solid waste and retain the fluid. Urates can be very firm to very runny, it usually depends on how long it has been since the last time they went. The longer it has been, the bigger and harder the urate can be. It can also become pinkish colored or partly hard and partly soft. Very hard and chalky urates that seem to be difficult to pass are not a good thing. This could mean the dragon is not hydrated well or maybe has too much calcium. A urate plug can cause partial or full blockage so it is important to pay attention.

What if it has a lot of liquid around it?
Sometimes a poop is accompanied by a puddle of liquid. If the puddle is mostly clear looking and the rest of the poo looks normal, it only means the dragon is well hydrated and is getting rid of excess fluid.

What if it has no form?
If your dragons poo looks like a pile of mush, it's time for a check up at the vet. Loose stool can be a sign of internal parasites such as coccidia which will actually cause physical damage to the intestinal cells. Do not put off havig a fecal check, send it to me if you have to. The longer you wait the more damage can be done and a dragon won't act lethargic in the early stages. If caught early, medicating will be much easier and will not affect your dragon as harshly. All dragon poo stinks but the smell will be noticeably worse with a parasitic infection.

How often should my dragon poo?
How often a dragon poo's depends on how often it eats, how much it eats and how long it basks. It can also depend on the dragons metabolism. All dragons will develop a pattern, some going as often as one to three times per day, others going every two to three days.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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