Bearded dragon “afraid” to poop?

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Bearded dragon “afraid” to poop?

Postby Dieselgirl18 » Sat Apr 04, 2020 11:05 pm

Hey all! So my dragon is almost 3 years old now! I have read in a couple places that older bearded dragons poop less often when older (which seems weird) and other people have said that their older beardies poop daily.
It may seem strange to say but I feel like diesel is sort of “afraid” to poop. Especially in her tank and really anywhere else. So she can go a whole month without pooping and I just think that’s extremely unhealthy... the vet said not to worry but it just seems absurd.
Any thoughts?

Edit: it seems to be very watery and a very putrid smell when she does go
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Re: Bearded dragon “afraid” to poop?

Postby kingofnobbys » Sun Apr 05, 2020 12:08 am

Sounds like she's impacted , so not afraid , but more blocked up.

A month between poos is BAD .

You need have this investigated by a reptile vet if changing the bedding , and changing the diet and amount of "exercise" / floor time to explore doesn't resolve this and get her more regular .
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Postby Claudiusx » Sun Apr 05, 2020 6:56 am

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Re: Bearded dragon “afraid” to poop?

Postby Claudiusx » Sun Apr 05, 2020 6:58 am

A month definitely isn't unheard of, especially if the dragon is slowing down for brumation, just came out of brumation, or just isn't really eating very much.

MY oldest biggest one right now averages about once every 2 weeks. Sometimes 3 weeks.

If loose stools are coming out, it's unlikely to actually be impaction. I would be more suspect of parasites with a loose and stinky stool.

What does his daily diet look like? Quantities too please.
How does he generally act besides the lack of pooing?

Can you post a picture of him and his setup?

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Re: Bearded dragon “afraid” to poop?

Postby Dieselgirl18 » Sun Apr 05, 2020 8:55 am

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This is her tank as of right now. I’m saving up to find her a bigger one possibly actually a custom one.
I feed her a bowl of salad (red and green leaf) every morning, as in the picture. I feed her raspberries every once and awhile. I would do more but she’s so picky. She’s also sort of on a diet by the vet because she weighs about 700g which is “obese”.
Diesel pretty much everyday just lays around on her hammock. Except for in the mornings, she tends to be glass surfing a lot.

I hope this is a good amount of information.
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Re: Bearded dragon “afraid” to poop?

Postby CooperDragon » Wed Apr 08, 2020 5:01 am

Do you let her out of the tank much? If it's safe to do so (no other animals around etc) you might want to let her explore a room or part of the house. That will help tend to her curiosity and will also give her a chance to exercise. You can set up a portable basking lamp for her in the room somewhere and she will learn to return to it to warm up when she gets cold. As far as the salad goes, I suggest including some other options for variety. It may take some time to find her favorites but I suggest starting with things like cut up or grated (large grate) summer squash, chopped green beans, peas, dark leafy greens like collards, kale, turnip greens, bok choy, etc. Offering more variety may get her interest up and she is likely to eat more salad that way.
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