Your bearded dragon’s poop can really tell you a lot about how they are feeling, so seeing an insect’s leg or wing in its poop is normal. This is because bearded dragons can gobble their
There are multiple reasons for undigested
Knowing why your bearded dragon is not digesting their
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What Are The Causes of Undigested
Food in Your Bearded Dragon’s Poop?
Every beardie owner can tell you that bearded dragons like to gobble down their
Often you may see an insect leg or wing in their poop or small pieces of whatever plant you fed them. However, seeing whole undigested insects and other
It usually just requires a simple fix of tweaking temperatures or feeding them smaller insects.
Here are some possible causes of undigested
New bearded dragon owners often make the mistake of overfeeding their beardies because they think that fast eating is a sign that their beardie is hungry.
The only time you should feed your beardie multiple times per day is if they are a baby, which is around 3-5 times per day. Adult bearded dragons must only be fed five times per week.
When you are feeding your beardie, you must not leave the
As mentioned previously, bearded dragons love their
A good way of preventing overfeeding is to leave the insects in the
You can do the same for plants and vegetables, except you can increase this time to around 25-30 minutes.
Overfeeding can cause other health problems like impaction and weight gain. Crickets, in particular, have a very high-fat content, so you should avoid feeding your beardie too many of them.
Learn more about feeding your bearded dragon in this helpful guide.
They Have an Infection
If you notice that, along with the undigested
Poop that is runny is a sign that your beardie has parasites, and one possible way they became infected was from the
Insects are a carrier of parasites, and when consumed, these parasites can be passed onto your bearded dragon.
Make sure that you are getting your bearded dragons good quality insects and that you are storing them in hygienic conditions.
Remember never to feed your bearded dragon dead crickets, as they are a breeding ground for bacteria and parasites.
If you suspect your bearded dragon has parasites, you need to seek medical attention.
They Are Exposed to Incorrect Temperatures
Your bearded dragon’s
UV lighting is used to help your bearded dragon absorb calcium efficiently, and if this isn’t set up correctly or a poor quality light is used, this can cause undigested
Bearded dragons that are exposed to temperatures that are too low will also suffer from
Keeping to a regular light cycle is helpful. During the day, the lights should be on, and during the night, they should be off for at least 8 hours.
Doing this will promote a calm and healthy environment so that your bearded dragon is not stressed or immunocompromised. A stressful environment does not promote a healthy metabolism.
Food is Too Large
Feeding your bearded dragon
This is because the insect’s exoskeleton is too large for them to digest properly. Insect exoskeletons are made up of very strong calcium bonds. This makes it quite complex for the bearded dragon’s gut to break down.
Many first-time bearded dragon owners make the mistake of feeding them large insects regularly and wonder why they’re coming out whole.
You should avoid feeding them the larger insects as too many of them can cause painful problems like impaction.
A helpful method to check if the insect is too big for your beardie is to make sure that the insect is not larger than the space between the bearded dragon’s eyes.
They Are Eating Too Fast
This reason is a bit controversial, but it seems that many beardie owners have observed that their bearded dragons do not digest their
The reason why this is controversial is that reptiles are supposed to just swallow their
To prevent this from happening, try feeding your beardie in increments of 10 minutes. This will force them to slow down.
For example, many owners have noticed that their beardies don’t digest Phoenix worms because they practically inhale them. This is likely because they enjoy eating them.
Instead of placing several in front of your beardie, try feeding them one or two at a time to encourage chewing.
Finding small bits of insects and
To prevent undigested
If none of these suggestions are working or they are displaying signs of infection, you need to take your bearded dragon to the vet.