Black Spots in between scales?

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Black Spots in between scales?

Postby colleen1999 » Sat Sep 19, 2020 12:21 pm

Hi all. I just noticed black lines in between Hade’s scales on his tail and arm. Was thinking it may be stress because he’s on a car ride. Is this normal?

Set up:
- 40 gal
- T8 10.0 ReptiSun on inside of viv lid
- 150 watt basking bulb
- diet of crickets, dandelion greens and butternut squash[Click image to enlarge]
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Re: Black Spots in between scales?

Postby AHBD » Sat Sep 19, 2020 12:28 pm

Hi there, I don't really see what you mean but the can get darker areas if stressed. It sounds like he has a good set up and diet, looks a bit thin though so needs a few more crickets per feeding.
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Re: Black Spots in between scales?

Postby Draven88 » Sat Sep 19, 2020 4:58 pm

From what I see it looks like just spots where he may have gotten himself dirty in betwen cleanings of his enclosure. When mine get dirty like that I use a very soft toothbrush to gently brush it off. I dont see anything that needs to be worried about.
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Re: Black Spots in between scales?

Postby colleen1999 » Sat Sep 19, 2020 5:05 pm

AHBD wrote:Hi there, I don't really see what you mean but the can get darker areas if stressed. It sounds like he has a good set up and diet, looks a bit thin though so needs a few more crickets per feeding.

Not sure if this is a better photo! Will definitely feed more crickets :) [Click image to enlarge]
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Re: Black Spots in between scales?

Postby colleen1999 » Sat Sep 19, 2020 5:06 pm

Draven88 wrote:From what I see it looks like just spots where he may have gotten himself dirty in betwen cleanings of his enclosure. When mine get dirty like that I use a very soft toothbrush to gently brush it off. I dont see anything that needs to be worried about.


Here’s a better photo of the black on his foot. Will try the toothbrush method! [Click image to enlarge]
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Re: Black Spots in between scales?

Postby Draven88 » Sat Sep 19, 2020 5:12 pm

colleen1999 wrote:Here’s a better photo of the black on his foot. Will try the toothbrush method! [Click image to enlarge]


Yeah to me that look like his leg is going into shed and a little dirty. With the toothbrush I typically do that when soaking/bathing, but it can also just be a damp brush. If its just dirt is should brush off relatively easily. You do want to go in the direction of the scales as that will make it the least bothersome to them.
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Re: Black Spots in between scales?

Postby colleen1999 » Sun Sep 20, 2020 4:13 pm

AHBD wrote:Hi there, I don't really see what you mean but the can get darker areas if stressed. It sounds like he has a good set up and diet, looks a bit thin though so needs a few more crickets per feeding.


Some better pics from today! [Click image to enlarge]
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Re: Black Spots in between scales?

Postby colleen1999 » Sun Sep 20, 2020 4:14 pm

Draven88 wrote:
colleen1999 wrote:Here’s a better photo of the black on his foot. Will try the toothbrush method! [Click image to enlarge]


Yeah to me that look like his leg is going into shed and a little dirty. With the toothbrush I typically do that when soaking/bathing, but it can also just be a damp brush. If its just dirt is should brush off relatively easily. You do want to go in the direction of the scales as that will make it the least bothersome to them.


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