Pees in her food plate - toss food?


Active Member
May 25, 2020
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Los Angeles
Hey all,

This feels like a silly thing to ask but here goes nothing!
Miguel has been peeing in her food saucer of late, while eating. I can tell it’s pee from the smell (smells a little sometimes but not always), and bc the water wasn’t in the plate earlier.
I also caught her do it once, her head goes in quickly and out comes the pee. Fun stuff.

When this happens do I toss the food and prep a fresh plate?
Since I realized what was going on that’s what I’ve been doing.

Or is this normal, not harmful, and I should do nothing?

For more info, Miguel is an Eastern Hermann, about 4mo. Lives in a 4x2 closed habitat. Basking spot (100f) and temps (82 day/75 night). Humidity ranges from 60% to 99% depending on time of day and spot in the enclosure. Nights are in the high 90s. Soaked daily for 30mn.

Thanks for your advice!

Iris Olmstead

New Member
Sep 21, 2020
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Its normal for them to go to the bathroom in there food. Just clean the slate once a day. Also try using more of a flat surface for her food spot so the pee can run off instead.