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What to Do If Your Leopard Gecko Won't Poop

Leopard geckos have become my favorite of all lizard pets, mainly because of the many varied colors (known as morphs).

Discover some of the possible reasons behind your gecko's lack of bowel movement, as well as what to do about it.

Discover some of the possible reasons behind your gecko's lack of bowel movement, as well as what to do about it.

Why Won't My Leopard Gecko 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 five days or more, you will probably start to get a little worried.

Reason 1: A Change in Their Environment

Leopard geckos can be similar to dogs in their habits, meaning that they are used to a certain spot in their vivarium. So, start by studying their environment carefully and seeing if anything has been changed.

Did You Clean or Change the Vivarium?

Did someone else clean the vivarium and therefore 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 your gecko a few days to find their pooping place again. Ensure, too, that they were not housed in sand for any amount of time.

Help! It's been 5 days since my last poop!

Help! It's been 5 days since my last poop!

Reason 2: Your Gecko Isn't Eating

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 and is not stressed, injured or lethargic.

Check the environment: Are the heat settings correct? If your gecko being stressed by a family pet or an overly friendly child?

How to Get Your Leopard Gecko to Poop

  • Hand-Feed: 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
  • Offer New Foods: Try different suitable food like waxworms. Cut them into bits and see if he will lick them off your finger—at least that will show if he still has an interest in food. Be careful that there's nothing hard (like the hard shell of a mealworm) in his food
  • Provide Water: Dehydration is a common and likely problem. Feed him with a syringe.
  • Rub Your Pet's Belly: Give her a gentle belly rub.
  • Encourage Pooping: Take a bit of poop from another gecko, wrap it up in a paper towel, and put it in a section of the vivarium.
  • Monitor Temperatures: Check the temperature and raise it up to around 90 degrees if it isn't already. Belly heat aids digestion. Always use a thermometer to be sure.
  • Minimize Stress: Your leopard gecko will prefer the dark and not being handled too much.

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