Whats a healthy poo?

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Whats a healthy poo?

Postby Alex52686 » Wed Dec 10, 2008 12:41 am


As a new owner of a bearded dragon I don't know what's normal as far as behavior and poo is concerned. Behavior I will have to learn on my own for the most part but I was hopping you guys could help me with poo. Her poo does smell but, but I'm not sure if it's out of the ordinary poo smell. And her poo is wet. I don't know what is considered a loose stool and what is normal. It's not what I would consider loose or diarrhea like and seems to have healthy urates but never the less I'm concerned. I will post a poo picture tomorrow but would appreciate a picture of healthy poo as well.
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Re: Whats a healthy poo?

Postby RioReptiles » Wed Dec 10, 2008 5:54 am

Correct me if I'm wrong, but healthy poo is fairly well shaped with no undigested particles or insects. It can vary in color depending on diet, like you may see orange if they eat a bunch of butternut squash. It has a fairly strong smell that is kind of like urine. It's strong enough to tell when they go so you can clean up immediately with a baby wipe. The urates (white part that comes out first) is normally firm to gooey and can be hard with pink on occasion. If it is hard often or chalky, they can be dehydrated or getting too much calcium. They should be moist and can sometimes have a lot or a little extra clearish fluid in addition to the solid part. The extra fluid should be wattery and is normal for a well hydrated dragon. Poo should not be runny or loose and not well formed. Very similar to us! If they are loose and not well formed often, it could be a sign of parasites and should be checked by a vet. Most healthy dragons will have a small amount of these parasites and are kept in check by good husbandry.
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