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tailrot?

Postby benbji » Wed Jan 20, 2021 5:49 pm

6 month old beardie, no health problems although a little skinny. noticed the tail started darkening a little over a month ago. possible causes, maybe tailrot?
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Postby KarrieRee » Wed Jan 20, 2021 6:02 pm

Please post a pic of it
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Re: tailrot?

Postby benbji » Wed Jan 20, 2021 6:08 pm

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the discoloration also goes farther on the underside of the tail than it does on the top, with what looks like brown specks appearing as the dark part subsides. i gave her a bath just to make sure it wasn’t dirt, but it remained. it also may be hard to tell from the pic, but the tail is whole. no chunks falling out, no difference of texture or shape
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Postby KarrieRee » Wed Jan 20, 2021 6:14 pm

The end looks sketchy- post a pic of the end clearer please
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Postby benbji » Wed Jan 20, 2021 6:21 pm

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Re: tailrot?

Postby KarrieRee » Wed Jan 20, 2021 6:25 pm

I don't see any injuries but it looks like normal.tail shed to me but we can have ahbd take a look to see if she sees anything abnormal
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Re: tailrot?

Postby benbji » Wed Jan 20, 2021 6:34 pm

yeah i hesitated to jump to action about it because although the tail has darkened, there’s no decay of scales or disfigurement at all. she has suffered no tail trauma, no trauma at all for that matter. she has had a very normal health history since i got her at about 6 weeks old. the only cause for concern is that during december i was injured in an accident and spent most of the month in and out of the hospital. i had friends and family take care of her with very specific instructions, but when i got her back i noticed that her tank was a 10-20 degrees colder than normal, and i her protein consumption had gone down a bit, causing her to get a bit skinny. i’ve been working hard to fatten her back up, and i noticed the dark tail when i took her back
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Re: tailrot?

Postby KarrieRee » Wed Jan 20, 2021 6:45 pm

Well.i want ahbd to make sure - it's good you are back to take care of her- sorry to hear about the accident glad your on the mend
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Re: tailrot?

Postby benbji » Thu Jan 21, 2021 8:53 am

thank you. i’ve also noticed that recently(within the past few days) her appetite has scaled down a bit, ignoring her veggies and insects only to go after them seemingly at random. i’m not too worried, as this can be in line with pre shedding behavior. i’m not quite sure if she is ready to shed though, as i’ve been working to get her back to her previous weight, she shouldn’t be growing more at the moment
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Postby KarrieRee » Thu Jan 21, 2021 9:41 am

It could be the weather they tend to be off their food during winter time
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Re: tailrot?

Postby benbji » Thu Jan 21, 2021 10:09 am

this is true, but i keep her temperature fairly consistent, and she’s active enough for a warm dragon. upon further inspection i noticed what appeared to be a patch of hardened, slightly raised scales right where her tail meets her body. they are gray and only a few in number, maybe four or so individual scales. i’ve never noticed this before the entire time i’ve had her. they’re hard to the touch like fingernails, and are slightly raised. she doesn’t seem bothered by it, and it’s completely away from the dark section of her tail
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Postby AHBD » Thu Jan 21, 2021 1:30 pm

Just looks like a regular dark tail end to me. Best to take pics out of the tank though on a solid color background.
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Postby trixienell1618 » Thu Jan 21, 2021 6:15 pm

Yea just looks like normal tail shed. It would be a good idea to keep an eye on it for the next few days tho.
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Re: tailrot?

Postby benbji » Fri Jan 22, 2021 8:19 am

good news, Ed(my dragon) is definitely just shedding, shes started all her other rituals (eye bulging, stretching her beard, etc) i was a bit worried because of the time i was away from her, but all seems to be well now. this is probably her first “teenage shedding” as i don’t think she’s gone through the process since she was a month or two younger
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