Do bearded dragons pee? This may sound a nonsense question. But if you are new to caring or owning bearded dragons, it is highly likely that you ask the same question.
Since you are reading this post, I assume that you are curious too. In this post, I will share with you some of the facts about bearded dragons specifically their peeing behavior.
So, do bearded dragons pee?
Yes. Bearded dragons pee but not in a conventional manner. They don’t excrete liquid the way other animals and humans do. Instead, they release a concentrated solid form of uric acid.
Bearded dragons’ peeing behavior often leads to wrong conclusions that beardies don’t pee. Releasing a concentrated solid form of uric acid is similar to releasing urine. Therefore, bearded dragons do pee only in a different way.
If you are new to this, you might also curious whether or not your beardies pee. I hope that his post helps you understand your reptile more.
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Does the Lack of Pee Lead to Health Problems in Bearded Dragons?
Again, if you are new, you might be wondering why your bearded dragons don’t pee. As a result, you might be worried about your pets’ health.
The good news is that the lack of liquid pee is natural to bearded dragons. You should not worry about it. Your beardies will be fine as always.
When I was started, I also had the same worry for my reptile. But as soon I learned this fact, I was happy and worried no more.
It is important to remember that bearded dragons have different renal system compared to other animal species.
The secretion of solid concentrated uric acid is actually the result of liquid preservation to prevent the bearded dragons’ body to dehydrate.
To keep hydrated, the renal system of beardies works to save water and therefore don’t secrete urine.
How to Identity Bearded Dragons’ Urate?
As mentioned, bearded dragons do pee but in different forms. Instead of liquid urine, they secrete solid concentrated uric acid. This is called urate.
Urate is a white-colored powdery substance. This substance almost always goes when bearded dragons poop. If you have no idea what it is, then it will be easily mistaken as part of the poo.
When you see this, you know that your bearded dragon is in good shape. He/she is healthy and that there is nothing to worry about.
How Frequently Bearded Dragons Pee?
In terms of frequency, I cannot tell the exact number. Every bearded dragon is different. Usually I see my bearded dragons pee at least once a day as they poop. I think this is a normal cycle.
Juvenile bearded dragons tend to pee more often than the younger ones. For instance, a baby bearded dragon may pee at least once a day. But as he/she grows older, the peeing frequency may increase to 3 times a day or more.
But as bearded dragons get older, they tend to pee less frequently at least once a day. The adults tend to pee once every other day. I guess it is normal for them.
However, there are many factors to consider when assessing the peeing frequency of your beardies. Aside from age, stress, temperature, light, diet, and hydration. These factors could affect the peeing frequency of bearded dragons.
What Does Yellow Colored Pee Mean in Bearded Dragons?
Although I mentioned the white concentrated uric acid, sometimes, your beardies may excrete colored yellow of the same substance. In other words, pee color may vary sometimes.
But what does yellow-colored pee means in bearded dragons? Well, it may be a sign of dehydration.
If this is the case, you can give or make sure that your beardies are getting enough water. Aside from water, the temperature of their habitat should also be given attention.
Like humans, high temperatures would cost a lot of water in the body. The same is true with bearded dragons.
Aside from dehydration, excess calcium may also be the cause. If dehydration is not the cause, you can check your beardies’ diet if they consume too many calcium-rich foods.
If that’s the case, you can adjust their diet. Keep the calcium level balanced to keep beardies healthy.
Does Urine Consistency Matters in Bearded Dragons?
Apart from the color of the pee you should also take into consideration the consistency of the pee. Healthy and normal pee is soft. If your bearded dragon’s pee is hard, it may, again, the sign of dehydration.
This may be temporary rather than prolonged dehydration. However, it suggests that your beardies need more water.
If the issue lingers, you can give a warm bath to your beardies. This will help them rehydrated. Do this regularly as needed to help your bearded dragons gain proper hydration once again.
How to Keep Bearded Dragons Hydrated?
The key here is to keep an eye on your beardies especially their peeing behavior. Pee can indicate whether or not your beardies get enough water.
When giving water to your beardies, it is very important that you give them running water sources. Bearded dragons don’t drink water from a stagnant water source.
I did not know this when I was started. As a result, most of my beardies suffered from dehydration.
A fountain is a good source of drinking water for beardies. But I am not saying that you should have one. You can improvise in this case. Just be creative and your bearded dragons will get what they need.
Does Stress Affect Bearded Dragons’ Pee?
As mentioned, stress could also affect the beardies’ peeing behavior. There are many factors that could cause stress to bearded dragons.
A little change in their habitat can cause them potential stress. In most cases, it will take time for bearded dragons to get accustomed to the new set up.
Too low or too high temperatures can cause stress. It is very important to monitor the temperature in the habitat to make sure that bearded dragons don’t develop health issues.
Lastly, noise could also cause stress in bearded dragons. So keep the noise minimum to allow your beardies to stay relax in their habitat.
Final Thoughts on Do Bearded Dragons Pee
Bearded dragons are different from other animal species in terms of their peeing behavior. But surely, bearded dragons pee only in a different manner.
Instead of producing liquid pee, bearded dragons produce usually white solid concentrated uric acid. If you see this substance, it is an indication that your beardy has just peed.
The consistency and color of the pee may be indicative of beardies’ water needs. The normal color is white and the normal consistency of a bearded dragon pee is soft.
Color yellow and hard consistency may indicate that your pet is lack of water. So you need to give enough water.
A balanced diet is also key to prevent dehydration in bearded dragons. Depending on the age of your beardies, give them enough fruits and veggies.
I hope this simple post helps you and your reptile pets.