Beardie black beard and belly

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Beardie black beard and belly

Postby Welshbeardie1 » Thu Feb 21, 2019 9:20 am

Hi all we have a rescue Beardie and she has just come out of brumation - we were told she was a female and around 3 years old , after coming out of brumation a week ago she has constantly had a jet black beard and belly. Her viv temps are fine, set up is fine. Her eyes are not filmy, she is not eating but is taking water, my question is - is this normal? I was told by the place we bought it that by going black it means she was cold - temps are fine though around 80 in the cool and 100 in basking - all monitored on thermostat and sensors,

Has anyone else experienced this? Is it normal? Should i be worried?

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Re: Beardie black beard and belly

Postby Welshbeardie1 » Thu Feb 21, 2019 9:53 am

I’ve changed the lighting in the photo to highlight the black beard [Click image to enlarge]
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Re: Beardie black beard and belly

Postby Aaradimian » Thu Feb 21, 2019 10:29 am

Black bearding is a sign of distress. Beardies darken all over their body when they're feeling cold, but not to jet black. Were you able to track her weight during brumation to make sure she wasn't losing too much? When you say temps & lights are fine, can you elaborate on your setup? Because she's just out of brumation, it might be a good idea to take her to the vet anyway, and you could ask them to check her out while there.
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Re: Beardie black beard and belly

Postby KarrieRee » Thu Feb 21, 2019 4:37 pm

Yes please what type of lighting do you have in your tank because w/ the answer you got from the people you asked about the black beard tells me they dont know what they are talking about
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Re: Beardie black beard and belly

Postby Drache613 » Thu Feb 21, 2019 7:00 pm

Hello,

Poor girl, something is definitely stressing her or she isn't feeling well.
Please review your tank setup for us, which includes the UVB type/brand, substrate, the
temperatures, food given, etc just so we can check to be sure everything is all correct.
She could have developed some eggs over the brumation phase possibly, but you would
have to get an x-ray done to see if anything had developed.
Have you been getting some oral fluids into her daily?

Let us know how she is doing.

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Re: Beardie black beard and belly

Postby Welshbeardie1 » Fri Feb 22, 2019 3:41 am

Arcadia UVA and UVB flourescent tube (desert range if I remember rightly) Arcadia basking lamp - 100w - all tubes and bulbs were new when we rescued her back in September. Basking controlled by thermostat - substrate is fine and no compaction -
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Re: Beardie black beard and belly

Postby Aaradimian » Fri Feb 22, 2019 8:00 am

As long as the distances of the bulbs is correct, that all sounds right. Is she still black bearding? Does she feel odd: lumps in the belly, hard spots anywhere, off-color scales or an area of trauma? Also, has she defecated since she's been up? Tracie's the expert on this thread, so I'd defer to her advice over mine, but my gut instinct here is to get her to the vet so they can run some proper tests.
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