My beardie hasn't pooped in 3 days!

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My beardie hasn't pooped in 3 days!

Postby izzyyourdad » Thu Aug 13, 2020 7:00 pm

Hii, I'm super new to this website but I frequent it for questions that I have. After doing loads of research and countless Google searches, I got a 2 1/2 month old beardie. He arrived two days ago, on Tuesday, and this is his third day at his new home. So far he hasn't pooped and it's making me extremely nervous. I've read countless articles about impaction, but I don't want to jump to conclusions just yet. On the day of his arrival, he ate 2 wax worms and some dubias. On the second day he ate 1 wax worm (which I don't plan on feeding him anymore) and more dubias. He also ate some bell pepper and butternut squash. Today, I didn't give him any wax worms, but he ate some bell pepper and some dubias.

He moves around sometimes, but for the most part he stays in his basking area. He hasn't shown any lethargic behavior or sluggish movements. Occasionally, he would try and and go in his den and sleep, but I moved him back onto his basking spot. (I think that was just due to my room getting a bit darker.) He hasn't shown any decline in his movements or alarming decreases in his overall visible health. I contacted the breeder that I ordered the beardie from, who said the temperatures in his tank were okay, but I could try raising them a bit.

I've been giving him baths and massages to try and get him to poop. SO far, they haven't worked. I am no longer going to be frequently feeding him anything other than collard greens and dubias.

Mainly I'm wondering if this is something I should be very worried about. Can the constipation be due to stress of a new environment? If it's due to something he ate, will it eventually pass, especially if I improve his diet, and keep up with the massages and baths?

I would like to note that he has appropriate room from his size, appropriate heat and lighting. I have also been providing the proper nutrients through dusting his insects. He is on shelving paper, not a loose substrate. Anyand all replies are sooo appreciated.

Thanks.
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Re: My beardie hasn't pooped in 3 days!

Postby KarrieRee » Thu Aug 13, 2020 7:13 pm

It is not uncommon for them not to poop also he just came in the mail? Is that correct? Do not fret he will poop-- I would let him settle in and adjust- what are you using for UVB brand and bulb--- coil or tube? How are you taking basking temps? No stick ons they are inaccurate-- temps should be 105-110 for a baby taken w/ digital probe thermometer-- he's eating will.slow this is normal it's called relocation stress- he should be eating something tho if he stops completely there is a issue- I would not bathe him too much stress- wash his salad / greens before serving he will get hydration from that- make sure his insects are gutloaded and we'll hydrated as well-- feed wax worms sparingly they are very fatty and long term can cause liver issues-- I will post the nutrition website tomorrow for you-- green peppers will cause runny stools- anything that has alot of water content so you can feed but just occasionally
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Re: My beardie hasn't pooped in 3 days!

Postby izzyyourdad » Thu Aug 13, 2020 8:06 pm

Yes, he just came in the mail, so that makes sense if he's stressed. I'm using the 22" ReptiSun 10.0 HO T5 UVB. The basking temps are between 105 and 110 like you said. I use an infrared thermometer. I am also gutloading the dubias he is eating.
Thank you so much for the reassurance!!
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Re: My beardie hasn't pooped in 3 days!

Postby KarrieRee » Fri Aug 14, 2020 4:53 am

Ok so the UVB is a good one as long as you have it properly placed--- if its on top of the screen and your screen is a wide holed screen not a fine mesh or thick screen your distance should be 8-10 inhes from basking decor piece directly over head - if its a fine screen or really thick screen it should be in the tank approx 12-15 inches from basking decor - screens will filter out 30% of the UVB rays-- other than that every thing sounds good - just give him time to settle in and adjust work w/ him slowly -- they need to to learn to trust - work w/ him hand feeding him BSFL or small worms maybe some salad -- just be patient
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Re: My beardie hasn't pooped in 3 days!

Postby izzyyourdad » Fri Aug 14, 2020 3:29 pm

UPDATEEEE:
He pooped!! I was just soo worried, especially since beardies his age should be pooping more frequently and how common impaction is.... I talked to the breeder who said he might just be a "slow pooper" lol. Thank you!!
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Re: My beardie hasn't pooped in 3 days!

Postby KarrieRee » Fri Aug 14, 2020 3:54 pm

Yes there are home remedies for them never have an enema done--- you want them to go naturally w/ regular laxatives like baby prunes etc.. but it's not uncommon for them not to go for long periods of time
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