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Darker Tail (has just shed)

orichal

New member
Hello all,

I've been keeping an eye on my beardie's tail. I got him about 5 weeks ago and he was 12 weeks old. He's adjusted really well and is active and eating very well. I've noticed the tail is a bit darker than the rest of him. He shed about a week ago and it was a very clean shed, it all came off within a few days (except a flake on his head).

Should I be worried about tail rot? When he's in hunt mode his tail "scorpions" up so he's certainly got movement of it.

I've attached a photo of Ghidra so hopefully someone can advise me on whether or not I should be worried.

Thanks!

https://imgur.com/a/yWZafVa

yWZafVa
 

KarrieRee

BD.org Sicko
To me it looks like its going to shed again --- here is some info on tail rot
Causes of tail rot are:
1. Injuries/trauma - caused by falls, or by any other bearded dragon.

2. Malnourished - make sure he has a balanced diet and he gets the nourishment he needs

How to identify tail rot:
1. Dried out - Decaying tail won't be able to retain moisture, check if it's dried out completely.
2. Very thin, brittle - Decaying tail won't be able to process nourishment, causing it to become more thin and brittle.
What to do after finding out it has a tail rot:
1. Go to a vet - very recommended
For more info, please see the link: https://reptile.guide/bearded-dragon-tail-rot/
Ask yourself these questions:
Was the tail recently injured?
Was a part of the tail open (eg wound/scrape/cut)
Was flesh exposed?
Is the tail constantly dark? or does the darkness ever go away (eg when in the tank, different environments)
If you didn't answer yes to basically all of those questions, it's not tail rot.
Tail rot is extremely rare. It's an infection of the flesh, from a wound or injury to the tail.
Tail rot is really kind of just a fancy name for an infected wound, one of which is affecting the tail.ail Rot
 

orichal

New member
Original Poster
KarrieRee":2jxefkxw said:
To me it looks like its going to shed again --- here is some info on tail rot
Causes of tail rot are:
1. Injuries/trauma - caused by falls, or by any other bearded dragon.

2. Malnourished - make sure he has a balanced diet and he gets the nourishment he needs

How to identify tail rot:
1. Dried out - Decaying tail won't be able to retain moisture, check if it's dried out completely.
2. Very thin, brittle - Decaying tail won't be able to process nourishment, causing it to become more thin and brittle.
What to do after finding out it has a tail rot:
1. Go to a vet - very recommended
For more info, please see the link: https://reptile.guide/bearded-dragon-tail-rot/
Ask yourself these questions:
Was the tail recently injured?
Was a part of the tail open (eg wound/scrape/cut)
Was flesh exposed?
Is the tail constantly dark? or does the darkness ever go away (eg when in the tank, different environments)
If you didn't answer yes to basically all of those questions, it's not tail rot.
Tail rot is extremely rare. It's an infection of the flesh, from a wound or injury to the tail.
Tail rot is really kind of just a fancy name for an infected wound, one of which is affecting the tail.ail Rot


Fantastic that's some great info, thanks. I guess it's just his natural colouring/he may be shedding again.

Thanks again for your input, it's certainly put my mind at ease and I'll know what to look out for in future.
 
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