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I bought me first bearded dragon about a month ago at around 6 months old. Since i have had him he doesn't seem to go to the toilet every often. He has newspaper as a substrate so not to cause impaction and a variety of live food and fresh greens every morning. I also read a lot about them before i got him so not to cause him unnecessary harm by not knowing what I'm doing. I have also tried giving him a bath every day or so and massaging it gently to try and get things moving but it doesn't seem to be helping and he hasn't done anything for 4 days!!!! Apart from that he seemed quite healthy and active and eating regularly, but today he seems to want to sleep more and eat less. I really could do with some advice on what to do, please help!!!!

Hi Amy,
It sounds like you have tried many of the tricks for going to the bathroom and you are feeding him both the animal proteins and vegetable matter.
Are you misting his "salad" to get water into your dragon?  He may not be getting enough water into his system...
You can also try watermelon.  If he seems constipated or strains when going to the bathroom, you can offer him some baby food prunes.
Also, do double check your temperatures, especially the basking area.
be sure that the temperature at his level in the basking area is a gradient of 95-105F
If his belly temperature can't get to the needed temperature, his digestion will be slower. Also, make sure he gets a good amount of exercise.
If you can, you can check out some of my other answers on bearded dragons to see my care sheet.
I am on a new computer and I don't have all my care sheets loaded into it yet.


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I am well versed in all aspects of the care and keeping of green iguanas, leopard geckos and bearded dragons. This includes all husbandry issues pertaining to the above species. I am not a vet so I cannot answer medical questions. I research other reptiles and am able to give general information on other species of lizards. I prefer not to answer snake questions as that I have not researched them enough.


I own 3 green iguanas, two of which are rescues. I own two leopard geckos, both rescues. I've had my reptiles for 11 years. I spend many hours researching the care of my reptiles to keep up to date on all information pertaining to keeping reptiles that I have. I own a yahoo group dedicated to raising healthy iguanas.

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I was a Vet Tech for 6 years. Research, experience and learning from the experience of others that have raised reptiles for many years.

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