Baby bearded dragon has a dark tail

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Baby bearded dragon has a dark tail

Postby kaitlyn2818 » Wed May 27, 2020 10:45 am

This morning I started the normal routine I turned on her lights and then gave her some time to wake up. When I came back I went to feed her some crickets but she wanted nothing to do with them. Then after further examining, I realized she has a dark tail. The fact she didn't want food was very alarming to me considering it is her first meal of the day. Then to see her dark tail was even worse. She has just been laying on her rock all morning doing nothing. The only thing she has done so far is asking to be let out so she could poop. I am not sure what is wrong.
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Re: Baby bearded dragon has a dark tail

Postby KarrieRee » Wed May 27, 2020 1:40 pm

Dark tail could be start of shed-- is there any injuries or has it gotten pinched? Post a pic of it
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Re: Baby bearded dragon has a dark tail

Postby kaitlyn2818 » Wed May 27, 2020 2:21 pm

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she still has not eaten.
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Re: Baby bearded dragon has a dark tail

Postby MangosMom1 » Wed May 27, 2020 2:39 pm

kaitlyn2818 wrote:This morning I started the normal routine I turned on her lights and then gave her some time to wake up. When I came back I went to feed her some crickets but she wanted nothing to do with them. Then after further examining, I realized she has a dark tail. The fact she didn't want food was very alarming to me considering it is her first meal of the day. Then to see her dark tail was even worse. She has just been laying on her rock all morning doing nothing. The only thing she has done so far is asking to be let out so she could poop. I am not sure what is wrong.


It could be tail rot, hopefully someone more experienced can tell you for sure. It might just be a shed or her coloring, but if its getting darker or spreading it's probably not just her coloring.
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Re: Baby bearded dragon has a dark tail

Postby MangosMom1 » Wed May 27, 2020 2:40 pm

kaitlyn2818 wrote:[Click image to enlarge]
she still has not eaten.

It does look like tail rot to me, try asking around and seeing if there is something you can do.
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Re: Baby bearded dragon has a dark tail

Postby KarrieRee » Wed May 27, 2020 4:08 pm

To me it looks like shed -- has the tail been injured? Biten? Is it dry and brittle on the end? If she is not eating shed will cause them to not eat but its usually more severe shed - what are you using for UVB? Brand and bulb? Coil or tube? Basking temps? What are they and how are you taking them? NO stick ons they are inaccurate-- How long have you had her? They will go thru relocation stress -- it will slow them down on eating but should not stop all together-- what size tank is she in?
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Re: Baby bearded dragon has a dark tail

Postby Claudiusx » Wed May 27, 2020 5:14 pm

Hi there,

Definitely not tail rot, the tail can darken for a multitude of normal reasons. Their tail (along with many parts of their body, such as their beard) can darken without there being anything wrong :)

Tail rot is EXCEPTIONALLY rare, and basically impossible unless the tail was injured and the flesh exposed.

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