Blue Tounge Skink not pooping

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Blue Tounge Skink not pooping

Postby MrParanoid » Fri Mar 06, 2020 1:15 am

Hello my 6 year old Blue Tounge Skink Lilly hasn't pooed in around 5 weeks. It is winter hear and she eats around once a week (we even then she doesn't fully eat her meal) and she has not lost any weight. She is a lazy lizard, and usually just stays burrowed the entire day, unless I take her out in which case she likes to explore around and is relitavly active.

I've taken her to the vet twice now, first time they said I should replace UV bulb ensure temps are hot enough, and keep her diet varied. I replaced the bulb, her hot area is around 35-40 (although she rarely come out) and Brough some new veggies to her diet. Went back 2 weeks later and they give her an enema (liquid form). Two days later (today) she has expelled all the goo but still no poo.

I've noticed in the past few weeks she tries to spend all her time in the cool part of her tank (near or under her water bowl). What am I doing wrong, although she seems normal this is seriously starting to worry me
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Re: Blue Tounge Skink not pooping

Postby mb606587 » Fri Mar 06, 2020 9:55 am

If the vet believed there to be an obstruction I'm sure they'd have performed an X ray. And typically in that case, your skink wouldn't be eating. How sure are you that she's not eating her poop? Something they are known to do. I wouldn't stress much unless you notice a drastic change in behavior.
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Re: Blue Tounge Skink not pooping

Postby Janella » Fri Mar 06, 2020 3:42 pm

If your skink is in its brumation phase and not eating much, then you won't see poop. If your skink is acting normal I wouldn't worry about it. My Northern is in his breeding season and he is barely eating and barely any poop. He is perfectly normal otherwise though. I wouldn't worry much.
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Re: Blue Tounge Skink not pooping

Postby kayla990 » Sat Mar 07, 2020 11:54 am

Just to add, what type of Bluey do you have?

MrParanoid wrote:I've noticed in the past few weeks she tries to spend all her time in the cool part of her tank (near or under her water bowl).

This bit stands out - as Janella says with brumation, it could be normal (if you have a Northern). In comparison, I find our Halmahera is more likely to stay hidden if humidity is low (and I believe Indonesian sub species don't brumate). If you have an Indonesian type, it could be a reason for the burrowing nearby the water bowl; and may need to look into humidity levels.
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