Guide to Know All About Bearded Dragons Poop
When it comes to the subject of poop, there is no denying that it is going to be one of the stinky issues that you more than likely are not going to want to talk about. However, did you know that your poop is actually going to be able to tell you a whole lot about your health? And taking that a step further, it is also going to let you know all about the health of your pet bearded dragon as well. Here is everything that you would ever want to know about everything that is your bearded dragon and their poop.
Does Your Bearded Dragon Poop?
When it comes to your bearded dragon (and all lizards for that matter), they are going to have something that is known as the cloaca, which is going to be a very special structure that serves as a sort of ‘collecting chamber’ for everything that can be considered urinary, reproductive, and digestive when it comes to your beardie. It is going to be this cloaca, that is going to be responsible for making sure that your bearded dragon is able to expel both, urinary waste and feces, at the very same time, having that combination of waste come out of the same gateway.
How the cloaca works, is that just about anything that has to do with urine, feces, or even the eggs that they lay, are fist going to have to pass through their cloaca. It is only going to be after this point that they will then be able to pass through to the outside world, all of this coming out of your bearded dragon through the very same orifice. What all of this means, is that your beardie’s poop is essentially going to be very similar to that of a bird, which shouldn’t surprise you as both lizards and birds have a very similar evolutionary relationship when you compare the two together.
When it comes to bearded dragon poop, it is normally going to contain two separate parts, the first part being something that is going to be fairly solid with a black or brown color. The second part, however, is going to be a white and pasty type substance, often times coming out as a chalky texture. The brown portion of your bearded dragon’s poop is going to be the feces part of the waste and is going to be produced in pretty much the very same way that mammals produce their feces.
Does Your Bearded Dragon Pee?
While bearded dragons are going to poop, they are not going to urinate in any type of manner that you would consider to be typical of any kind of animal. Also, how often your beardie urinates is going to be specific to your individual bearded dragon, as this is going to vary from beardie to beardie.
When it comes to a typical beardie, they are going to need to urinate roughly between 1 and 3 times per day. While you will not need to train them to pee on a pad like you would a puppy, your beardie is going to be do their urinating in the form of the white stuff that will come out with their poop, which is also referred to as urate. To put into perspective how much you can expect your adult bearded dragon to urinate, the average adult beardie is going to urinate anywhere from 1 to 4 times in an entire week. So, while they do urinate through their poops, they are not going to do so very often.
Normal Bearded Dragon Poop: What Does it Look Like?
The most normal and common poops that you will see in your bearded dragon are going to consist of a white and brown coloring. The brown part of the poop, however, is going to be in more of a log-shape. If your bearded dragon is healthy, their poop should be formed into some type of distinct white part, that white part being on either one end of the log or the other.
This white color is going to be the urate that your beardie is excreting from their body, which is also going to be known as your bearded dragon’s urination. Essentially, this white urate is going to be all of the waste that has been removed by the kidneys of your beardie. This is going to happen as your beardie is not going to do any type of typical ‘peeing’, so it creates this urate that will then be excreted from their bodies along with their poop. As mentioned previously, this is all going to be very similar to that of a bird, which is exactly why birds and lizards are so closely related when it comes to their evolution.
How Often Should You Expect Your Bearded Dragon to Poop?
How often you can expect your bearded dragon to poop is going to depend upon several different factors, some of those factors including what their diet is made up of on a regular basis, as well as the amount of food that your beardie is allowed to eat on the daily.
If you have a bearded dragon that mainly eats meat on a regular basis, they are going to poop much more often, meaning that they should make a poop just about every single day. But if you have a beardie who is eating mostly greens on a daily basis, they are not going to have a poop as often, often times going several days between.
To put this into perspective, a baby bearded dragon is more than likely going to make a poop on a daily basis, often times making poops more than once per day. On the contrary, an older bearded dragon is going to poop much less when compared to their younger counterpart. This is going to be because an older bearded dragon is going to eat much less meat, but many more greens, meaning that you can expect them to poop between one time per day to one time per week. It is all just going to depend upon their regular diet that they are eating every day.
Just know that in order to know if your beardie is pooping enough, not enough or too much, you are going to want to make it a habit to keep track of what your beardies pooping habits are on a regular basis. This is going to be the only way that you will be able to know what is normal for your individual bearded dragon, which means that you will be able to identify what is not normal when it starts to happen.
Factors Impacting Your Bearded Dragon’s Pooping Schedule
There are going to be several different factors that will have a huge impact on the amount of poop that your beardie will make, as well as how often they are going to make it. These factors are going to vary from beardie to beardie, but the main ones that you will need to keep in mind are going to be:
- How old your beardie is
- What your beardie’s daily diet consists of
- The hydration status of your beardie
- Your bearded dragon cage or environment that they are living in
- If your beardie is suffering from any type of illness or disease
- Any excess stress that your beardie may be going through
- Whether or not your beardie is going through brumation, which is going to be like a bearded dragon’s form of hibernation
Once you have gotten to know your beardie and have made mental notes about their daily habits, it is going to be very easy for you to track their health through the frequency of their poops. While it may seem like a weird way to keep track of your bearded dragon, the fact of the matter is that they are not going to be able to tell you when something is wrong. This is why it is going to be your job to make sure that you know what their regular daily routines look like, that including what their poops should look like.
If you are able to do this successfully, you will then be well aware when something is wrong with your beardie, meaning that you can take action early, ideally making a visit to your veterinarian so that you can get a professional examination and find out what is actually going on with your beardie.
The absolute last thing that you want to do is to have a bearded dragon as a pet that you simply love and consider to be part of your family, only to have them become ill or even worse, end up dead because you did not know how to pay attention to them and read the signs that they were trying to tell you. This is going to be why it is very important for you to keep an eye on your beradie, learn the habits that they display on a daily basis, and make sure to pay attention to any changes in those habits.