Is my bearded dragons dark tail ok? The end dead?

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Is my bearded dragons dark tail ok? The end dead?

Postby Kiley » Mon Dec 11, 2017 6:13 pm

so I have had my bearded dragon for about a month now and she has always had this dark tail. I researched a bit and I think maybe it’s old skin that never had shed. I think the end is dead because when I feel it it feels deflated kind of. On other parts of her tail that you can’t see in the pictures is like on some parts of you can see orange-pink color she is striped with orange so I think it might be good skin underneath the dark skin and I think it could cut off the circulation. She is only like 2 months old I think the pet store never told me how old she is. Her cool spot is 75-85 her warm spot is 97-105 and she is finally gaining some wait she was a little smaller but I think her belly is getting bigger which is good. Her UV light is the rpti-10. Is there anything I could soak her tail in?[Click image to enlarge]
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Re: Is my bearded dragons dark tail ok? The end dead?

Postby AHBD » Tue Dec 12, 2017 5:28 am

Hi Kiley, she looks happy + alert and I like the big log you have in her tank. :) The tail does have a bit of trauma, possibly will just fall off at some point [ which doesn't harm the lizard at all ]. but just keep an eye on it to watch that it doesn't spread up the tail. You can soak it in hibiclens or betadine [ both found at most walmarts or drug stores ] You can dilute either of those 5 parts water to 1 part of either of those. If she's too skittish you can just dab it on the tail straight 1-2X a day without mixing with water. If you do soak her in it be sure she doesn't try to drink any! If she's calm enough you can hold her and just get a jar to put the solution in and let her tail dangle down in to it.

She'll prob. be fine, just keep an eye on it + post here with any other questions.


BTW, can you post pics of her set up showing the lighting ?
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Re: Is my bearded dragons dark tail ok? The end dead?

Postby Kiley » Tue Dec 12, 2017 4:36 pm

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That’s the tank she is in a 20 gal then saving up to buy a 40 gal in a year.
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Re: Is my bearded dragons dark tail ok? The end dead?

Postby AHBD » Tue Dec 12, 2017 5:13 pm

That's a beautiful set up, text book as far as cage decor + climbing areas. :) One thing to be aware of is that most coil/compact uvb bulbs don't produce quite enough uvb so you'll need to upgrade to a long tube Reptisun 10.0 t5. This is critical for proper calcium absorption.

Also, if you have any blue bus replace them with crisp white bulbs.
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Re: Is my bearded dragons dark tail ok? The end dead?

Postby CooperDragon » Wed Dec 13, 2017 12:40 pm

Another thing to note is that the UVB light should sit as close to the basking light as possible. You want them to blend together to provide heat and UVB over the basking area. It's OK to have areas away from the basking spot that are cooler and have less UVB exposure. That will allow them to self regulate which they are good at.
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Re: Is my bearded dragons dark tail ok? The end dead?

Postby Kiley » Wed Dec 13, 2017 2:52 pm

Ok thank you for the info!
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Look what fell off!! I only did the betadine and antibiotic ointment twice and I come hame and it’s off! Should I keep doing it because she still has dead skin on her and I can see bright orange skin underneath. Is that how I can help the dead skin to come off? Btw that dead skin has been on her since I got her and that was a month ago.
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Re: Is my bearded dragons dark tail ok? The end dead?

Postby AHBD » Wed Dec 13, 2017 3:29 pm

O.K, that's what I thought would happen at some point. Can you post a pic of her tail end now ? You can just dab it with the solution for a few days but it should be fine.
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Re: Is my bearded dragons dark tail ok? The end dead?

Postby Kiley » Wed Dec 13, 2017 5:20 pm

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So that’s what it looks like. So showed I keep doing it until all the darker skin comes of because you can see the healthy skin underneath.
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Re: Is my bearded dragons dark tail ok? The end dead?

Postby AHBD » Thu Dec 14, 2017 5:19 am

It looks like there is still a small piece on the end that is dead so that should come off soon as well.
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Re: Is my bearded dragons dark tail ok? The end dead?

Postby Kiley » Thu Dec 14, 2017 6:02 am

Ok thank you! I will keep doing it until it comes off.
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