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Incomplete tail shed

PostPosted: Wed Apr 17, 2019 6:52 pm
by JulesNana
Hi there, first post!
I have a four year old male beardie called Julius. His most recent big shed was late last summer if I remember correctly. Nearly his whole tail shed - minus a band about three cm wide just above the middle of the tail. My husband and I seem to remember that that band actually shed first, some months prior, then the rest, minus the band later - but we're not 100 percent certain. Now that band has me concerned. It's snug, and shiny, and the flesh above and below bulges a bit. I don't know how serous a problem this is, or how to know when it becomes serious.
I followed advice I've seen several times of applying olive oil after a good long bath, but now I'm uncomfortable with that. It replicates nothing in nature, and I feel like the skin would be better if it were dry enough to crack..? This appears to be healthy skin, and has never loosened, it's not stuck dead skin.
Otherwise, he's always been healthy. No other shedding problems and has all his parts. His tank is six feet long, which allows for two basking areas, one gets up to 100-105F, the other (which he prefers) around 90-95F. We primarily feed him dubia roaches, which we raise, and green veg and berries.
What should I be doing aside from bathing and misting? Since it isn't dead skin that tried to shed and failed, I can't imagine how anything external would "help."
EDIT: I figured out how to post pics. These are about six months old, I keep forgetting to take new ones when he's awake.
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Re: Incomplete tail shed

PostPosted: Thu Apr 18, 2019 3:49 am
by AHBD
Hi there, the skin above + below the area is shedding while the area in question is not at the moment. Everything looks fine though. :) A warm soak 1-2 X a week may help facilitate shedding or if the tank has very low humidity you can spritz him in the tank 1-2 X a day.

Re: Incomplete tail shed

PostPosted: Thu Apr 18, 2019 1:26 pm
by JulesNana
AHBD wrote:Hi there, the skin above + below the area is shedding while the area in question is not at the moment. Everything looks fine though. :) A warm soak 1-2 X a week may help facilitate shedding or if the tank has very low humidity you can spritz him in the tank 1-2 X a day.


Thanks for the response. I can understand how the picture might make you think that, but no part of his tail is shedding now. Maybe I can see it more clearly because I've been watching it progress for nearly a year. The constricted part of the tail did not shed during the most recent shed and it's gotten tighter and tighter.

The previous picture was from six months ago, but this one is from today. Since the olive oil treatment a few days ago, the color difference is harder to see, but you can see how there's a tighter area. I just can't find any information on how to tell when it's tight enough to cause damage or what to do about it.
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