What to Do If Your Leopard Gecko Won't Poop

Updated on February 12, 2016

Leopard gecko pooping problems are more common than you think

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

Leopard gecko care : 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 the pooh pooh department, meaning that they are used to a certain spot in their vivarium. So study their environment carefully and see if anything has been changed.

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.

Try these solutions to get your leopard gecko to poop

1. 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

2. 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

3. Dehydration is a common and likely problem, feed him with a syringe

4. Give her a gentle belly rub

5. Take a bit of poop from another gecko, wrap it up in a paper towel and put it in a section of the vivarium

6. 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 

7. 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

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      Melissa 12 months ago

      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

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      Laura 12 months ago

      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????

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      Lydia 15 months ago

      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

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      Geko girl 5 years ago

      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 =(

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      charlie 6 years ago

      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

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      robin reed 6 years ago

      hi, my leaopard gecko is very skinny and has a very fin tai. he is not eating and has dry poo blocking hi anus