Help! Is this tail rot?

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Help! Is this tail rot?

Postby Becs1 » Thu Jul 09, 2020 6:35 pm

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Hi All,
I’m new to owning bearded dragons but not reptiles. We got 2 babies 2 weeks ago and I noticed this black bend in the end of ones tail, I’ve been watching it and am thinking it may be tail rot. Would really appreciate any feedback?!?!
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Re: Help! Is this tail rot?

Postby AHBD » Fri Jul 10, 2020 5:07 am

Hi there, just keep an eye on it, it's not something that can be definitely identified yet, it may just be a kink from a bite or other trauma. You can dab betadine on it every day as well as neosporin. If the area gets worse + climbs up the tail then you'll probably need a vet. BTW, it's best to keep the babies in separate tanks if they aren't already. How are the little guys doing otherwise and do you have the right type of sset up ? Can you post a few pics of their tank + lights ?
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Re: Help! Is this tail rot?

Postby Becs1 » Sat Jul 11, 2020 3:15 pm

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Thanks AHBD. I wish the place I purchased these guys had informed us not to have 2 together, some places can be misleading 😒 I’m working on another enclosure to separate them.
This is the current set up. 2foot UVB 10.0 light, basking spot lamp and ceramic heat lamp. During the day the spotlight end sits at 37-40degrees Celsius, the cool end sits at 27degrees. I feed them Calcium dusted live crickets each morning and fresh vegetables each afternoon, they also have vitamin enriched pellets.
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Re: Help! Is this tail rot?

Postby AHBD » Sat Jul 11, 2020 3:30 pm

Yeah, sometimes you can get away with it but bites are VERY common. Still, his tail may be fine [ but more biting can happen at any time ] Your set up is beautiful, you did a great job. :) Nice climbing areas and good lighting. Is the uvb a t8 or t5 ? If a t8 it's best to mount it under the screen with wire.
What type of substrate is that ? It may be a problem if they swallow it.
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Re: Help! Is this tail rot?

Postby KarrieRee » Sat Jul 11, 2020 3:50 pm

Your tank looks beautiful but I would ditch the pellets-- I would replace w/ some NON adhesive shelf liner from your local home improvement store - cut it to the size of your tank and clean w/ a vinegar/ water 50-50 solution -- insects cannot get underneath --- also the UVB's need to be directly overhead w/ certain distances - they are different for each bulb --
please specify what you have
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Re: Help! Is this tail rot?

Postby Becs1 » Sun Jul 12, 2020 3:39 am

Hi. The UVB is 10.0 T8, it does not have the wire cover and depending on where there dragons are depends on distance from the light but there are numerous places 6-8 inches from the light. After reading more I may look at getting a T5, t8 has always been enough for our turtles and pythons. The substrate is a paper cat litter which was recommended where we got these guys and some other websites. I’ll look at replacing it with paper...
thanks for your input :)
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Re: Help! Is this tail rot?

Postby KarrieRee » Sun Jul 12, 2020 5:01 am

Not sure what wire cover is ? The T 8 hoods usually come w/ a clear plastic cover over the bulb and when changing the bulb out you haft to take it off --- that is the cover I am talking about - leave that cover off
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