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Tail Rot?

PostPosted: Sat Oct 19, 2019 8:36 am
by amberandmarshall
Hi guys, I've just adopted a 1 year old bearded dragon about 2 months ago from a co-worker of mine. He's my first beardie so I don't want to overlook anything. At first I thought his tail was just about to shed, but now I'm worried its tail rot. I have been giving him frequent baths and gently brushing at the tail with a toothbrush but it doesn't seem to do anything. I even put a bit of repti-shed on it the other week but I didn't see any result. Any help/advice is appreciated. :)

Re: Tail Rot?

PostPosted: Sat Oct 19, 2019 8:38 am
by KarrieRee
Looks like hes going into shed ----- here is some info on tail rot
Causes of tail rot are:
1. Injuries/trauma - caused by falls, or by any other bearded dragon.
2. Malnourished - make sure he has a balanced diet and he gets the nourishment he needs
How to identify tail rot:
1. Dried out - Decaying tail won't be able to retain moisture, check if it's dried out completely.
2. Very thin, brittle - Decaying tail won't be able to process nourishment, causing it to become more thin and brittle.
What to do after finding out it has a tail rot:
1. Go to a vet - very recommended

Re: Tail Rot?

PostPosted: Sat Oct 19, 2019 8:56 am
by Claudiusx
Hi there,

Definitely not tail rot! Dragons can darken their tails for a multitude of reasons just like they can darken the rest of their bodies and their beards. It typically is more a sign of slight stress or alertness.
Tail rot is pretty rare, and is basically impossible without there being an open wound or injury to the tail.


Re: Tail Rot?

PostPosted: Sat Oct 19, 2019 9:21 am
Like Brandon said, no tail rot there at all. :) Something that seems to be getting more common is owners worrying about the uneven way a beardie sheds. The thing is, uneven sheds are 100 % natural and there's no need to do anything to accelerate it. If it lingered for months on an adult it still wouldn't be harmful but then you could just mist the dragon in the tank to help boost humidity a bit + aid in shedding . Those of us who have had dragons for many years can tell you that they will shed, just in their own time. The only thing to ever be concerned with is if you actually see a tight retained shed [ looks like a rubber band is wound around an area ] like on the toes or tail tip, then you can put some shed aid or neosporin on to help the shed along. Bathing once a week is fine for any dragon, esp. during sheds but is not totally necessary. But your big boy looks good + healthy. :)