Leopard geckos have become my favorite of all lizard pets, mainly because of the many varied colors (known as morphs).
What to Do When Your Leopard Gecko Won't Poop?
Don't worry if your leopard gecko hasn't 'been to the toilet' for a couple of days and everything else seems to be ok. This is quite normal. But if it's been 5 days or more, you will probably start to get a little worried.
Leopard geckos can be similar to dogs in their habits, meaning that they are used to a certain spot in their vivarium. So study their environment carefully and see if anything has been changed.
Did You Clean or Change the Vivarium?
For example, did someone else clean the vivarium and therefore might have changed the scent by using a different cleaning product, or perhaps they were wearing a particularly strong perfume that day? Have things been moved around a lot? If so, then it might take them a few days to find their pooping place again. Ensure too that they were not housed in sand for any time.
If Your Leopard Gecko Isn't Eating, He Won't Be Pooping
Check that your leopard gecko is eating properly. If your leo doesn't eat, he won't poop.
If a reluctance to eat is the problem, then you need to take a good look at him to see if he appears to be healthy, not in stress, injured or lethargic.
Check the environment: are the heat settings correct, is he not being stressed by a family pet or an overly friendly child.
How to Get Your Leopard Gecko to Poop
- Try hand feeding him. Don't force feed him unless you are experienced. This is best left to a vet and only after the vet has identified the underlying cause
- Try different suitable food like waxworms (cut into bits and see if he will lick it off your finger, at least that will show if he still has an interest in food). Be careful that there's nothing hard (eg the hard shell of a mealworm) in his food
- Dehydration is a common and likely problem, feed him with a syringe
- Give her a gentle belly rub
- Take a bit of poop from another gecko, wrap it up in a paper towel and put it in a section of the vivarium
- Check the temperature and up to around 90 degrees if it isn't already. Belly heat aids digestion. Always use a thermometer to be sure
- Minimize any stress. Usually your leopard gecko will prefer the dark and not being handled too much.
If in Any Doubt at All, Call an Experienced Vet
And of course, if you have any doubts or concerns, give your local vet a call. Make sure it's a vet who has knowledge of leopard geckos
This article is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge. It is not meant to substitute for diagnosis, prognosis, treatment, prescription, or formal and individualized advice from a veterinary medical professional. Animals exhibiting signs and symptoms of distress should be seen by a veterinarian immediately.
Dylen on April 21, 2019:
My leopard gecko won't eat, come out of his hide and or poop. help
Natalie on November 29, 2018:
I just recently took my aunts leopard gecko (an ex boyfriend had left it with her years ago and her set up was very poor) and he hasn’t pooped since I got him about a week ago. Is it the change in environment that is keeping him from pooping? He’s eating great and seems lively and healthy otherwise. But I can’t help but be worried
Marissa on November 25, 2018:
So my Leopard Gecko, Jazmine hasn’t pooped in about a week and it scares me
Melissa on April 25, 2017:
My leopard gecko isn't pooping at all ever since I got my new one. It hasn't been messing with her and only the baby poops she still eats but hasn't pooped have any ideas
Laura on March 29, 2017:
My leopard gecko isn't poopin at all. He's still active and looks to the viv door for food on feeding days. Still eats, but won't poop!!!! I'm scared. Any suggestions????
Lydia on January 07, 2017:
Anyone asking about newly purchased or hathed geckos, they can sometimes take up to 3-5 days before thy settle in and therefore, they may not eat or poop for around a week. Solely because they are not used to the viv
Geko girl on June 27, 2012:
I got my baby leopard geko on Saturday and she's been eating a lot but just hasn't pooped I've looked all around in her viv and found nothing. Starting to worry alittle bit. Please help me =(
charlie on April 08, 2012:
my leopard gecko wont eat i got it a day ago.i think it was because i was holding him.he plays in the water bowl a lot.i feed him mealworms.but he never eats.i might be overrating so please answer my question
robin reed on February 11, 2012:
hi, my leaopard gecko is very skinny and has a very fin tai. he is not eating and has dry poo blocking hi anus