Is this tail rot?

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Is this tail rot?

Postby AlmightyLoaf » Wed Jul 10, 2019 5:48 am

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I just got my bearded dragon yesterday and when I got him home I noticed some black on the end of his tail. He doesn’t seem to be eating right but it may just be that he’s adjusting to his new home. Idk any help would be very very appreciated thanks!
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Re: Is this tail rot?

Postby Ellentomologist » Wed Jul 10, 2019 6:32 am

Hiya, welcome to the forums!

I don't see any tail rot and it is likely just stuck shed or coloration - a lot of beardies have dark tail tips for some reason, probably just to worry good owners. :-P

If you're worried, keep an eye on it - if it gets larger, "creeps" or the tail, or smells bad, then you probably have tail rot.

Hope that helps!
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Re: Is this tail rot?

Postby AlmightyLoaf » Wed Jul 10, 2019 7:05 am

Ah ok thank you! That makes me feel a lot better😂
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Re: Is this tail rot?

Postby AlmightyLoaf » Wed Jul 10, 2019 3:02 pm

Also he’s shedding rn so do you think that could be it?
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Re: Is this tail rot?

Postby AlmightyLoaf » Wed Jul 10, 2019 6:35 pm

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Re: Is this tail rot?

Postby claudiusx » Wed Jul 10, 2019 6:55 pm

The new picture helps a lot.

It definitely looks like it has been damaged, and it's very possible that tail rot is setting in.
If I were in your shoes, i'd make a vet appointment. If the vet determines it's necessary, they will probably just cut that part of the tail off, so that the rot doesn't spread if there is any. They can heal up quite well from that.
But to me, based off the picture, it definitely looks discolored, almost like it has a hint of green growing on it? Or is that just the picture.

I'll ask someone else to chime in and give their thoughts, but those are mine.

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Re: Is this tail rot?

Postby AlmightyLoaf » Wed Jul 10, 2019 7:01 pm

Ok thank you so much! I’m making a appointment tomorrow and I can’t see any green so it’s probably just the picture
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Re: Is this tail rot?

Postby AHBD » Thu Jul 11, 2019 5:00 am

Hi there, it's always exciting to bring a new beardie home. :) It can also be stressful, esp. if there's a potential problem. There's def. damage to the end, at least an inch up . It may or may not become infected, sometimes infection occurs in the tissue under the scales before it develops classic " stick -like " appearance. Is he eating yet ? Some new beardies take a few days to settle in. It;s very important to be sure he has the correct lighting + set up now so can you post pics of it including the lights ? For now you should dab the tail with Neosporin and maybe set up a vet appt. in the next few weeks. Let him settle in to get used to his new home + start eating before you take him in unless it starts looking worse quickly. Like Brandon said, a quick snip can take care of it if it IS tail rot. Seek out only an experienced reptile vet and your baby should be fine.
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Re: Is this tail rot?

Postby AlmightyLoaf » Thu Jul 11, 2019 6:52 am

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for now I’m using the lighting that came with my zoomed set up. But I’m planning on upgrading soon because I’ve been hearing about how bad the lighting in the set up is. All the temps are good basking spot is usually 95-100F and the cool side is about 80F and humidity levels usually stay around 30%
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Re: Is this tail rot?

Postby AlmightyLoaf » Thu Jul 11, 2019 6:53 am

Oh yea and he is eating but it seems like he likes to be alone when he does eat
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Re: Is this tail rot?

Postby AlmightyLoaf » Thu Jul 11, 2019 6:58 am

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Re: Is this tail rot?

Postby AHBD » Thu Jul 11, 2019 7:03 am

O.K., set up looks great ! Just get the new uvb bulb like you said so he doesn't develop MBD, that can happen quickly.
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Re: Is this tail rot?

Postby claudiusx » Thu Jul 11, 2019 7:19 am

Agreed, and make sure you aren't relying on that dial stick on thermometer for your temps! Do you have another thermometer you are using?

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Re: Is this tail rot?

Postby AlmightyLoaf » Thu Jul 11, 2019 7:24 am

Ok do you guys have any suggestions on the UVB bulb? And nope I just have a thermometer on the warm and cold side any suggestions for another thermometer also?
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Re: Is this tail rot?

Postby AlmightyLoaf » Thu Jul 11, 2019 7:30 am

Also on the issue of him not eating when I’m around can I do anything to help that? Or do I just need to give him space and let him adjust to his new home
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