Tail issue after shed

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Tail issue after shed

Postby Flamethedragon » Tue Feb 18, 2020 3:24 pm

Our beardie recently shed his tail. The skin started to come off and the beardie grabbed the skin and pulled it off. The skin ripped off near the tip but now looks weird. The very top has not shed and right above that, the tail looks really dark. He pulled the shed skin yesterday. Any thoughts?
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Re: Tail issue after shed

Postby KarrieRee » Tue Feb 18, 2020 3:27 pm

Post pics of his tail please
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Re: Tail issue after shed

Postby Flamethedragon » Tue Feb 18, 2020 3:37 pm

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Re: Tail issue after shed

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Re: Tail issue after shed

Postby Flamethedragon » Tue Feb 18, 2020 3:38 pm

It looks a little darker in person than in these pics.
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Re: Tail issue after shed

Postby Wickedpogana » Tue Feb 18, 2020 3:48 pm

Flamethedragon wrote:Image

hes perfectly fine shed comes off in parts or patches dont ever pick it no matter how much you think you are helping him you arent give him a spray an even a min soak or so or if hes willing to stay longer would bo good when mine is in shed i spray him down in my hand once maybe twice aday have some rocks or something for him rough to rub against but not rough enough for him to get cut
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Re: Tail issue after shed

Postby Flamethedragon » Wed Feb 19, 2020 1:49 pm

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This is what his tail looks like today. I am worried about the black looking scales. They look kinda smashed compared to the rest. Any thoughts? Still normal? This is only the second shed we have gone through with our beardie. He is 5 k9nths old. We got him in January.
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Re: Tail issue after shed

Postby CooperDragon » Wed Feb 19, 2020 5:34 pm

It looks a little shriveled. That could be due to swelling from the area shedding around it though. You might try putting some plain aloe on the area to help it shed more easily. If it still looks shriveled after the shed keep a close eye on it. If the shriveled area starts to expand or look worse I'd bring him into a vet to check for an infection.
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Re: Tail issue after shed

Postby Flamethedragon » Thu Feb 20, 2020 2:20 pm

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This is today. The tip hasn't changed but the shriveled, black part looks worse. That black part seems stiff also and will not bend like the rest of the tail. I called our vet and they don't have an appointment until tomorrow. Should he be ok until then? Has anyone seen this happen before?
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Re: Tail issue after shed

Postby AHBD » Thu Feb 20, 2020 2:26 pm

Hi there, he'll be fine until tomorrow. That may heal + cause no further damage but some times that type of condition is the start of tail rot. You can use raw honey on it as well , it's a natural antimicrobial. A worse case scenario if it's tail rot is amputation slightly above the area [ beardies handle it very well, hardly phases them ] but just see what the vet says. BTW is the vet a true reptile vet ? There's a big difference between exotics vet + a true reptile vet.
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Re: Tail issue after shed

Postby Flamethedragon » Thu Feb 20, 2020 2:38 pm

Thanks! Yes, the vet was recommended by a well established wildlife discovery center. This vet works with all the reptiles there including a Komodo dragon! I also found the vet listed on the site recommended by the Chicago Herpitological Society (I forget the name of the site but looks like a national registry?). Glad to know he will be okay before we get to the vet tomorrow. He is still eating well and is his same normal self outside of the bottom of his tail. I will post another pic of unchanging out shortly.
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Re: Tail issue after shed

Postby Flamethedragon » Thu Feb 20, 2020 2:44 pm

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Here is the whole guy, Flame! My 10 year old named him that because of his orange and blue markings.
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Re: Tail issue after shed

Postby AHBD » Thu Feb 20, 2020 2:51 pm

Sounds like Flame will be in good hands then. He's a handsome boy and your son chose an appropriate name for him. :)
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Re: Tail issue after shed

Postby Flamethedragon » Fri Feb 21, 2020 3:59 pm

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Back from the vet! Turns out he (beardie) had damaged his tail when he ripped the skin off. It was dead in that black spot so they amputated above the dead spot. They said he will be just fine and otherwise looks great!
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Re: Tail issue after shed

Postby AHBD » Fri Feb 21, 2020 4:15 pm

Good call, these injuries can sometimes creep undetected under the scales and cause further damage to tissue underneath, further up on the tail. Hopefully [ and most likely ] this will heal with no problems. :)
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