Is this tail rot?

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Baby Butterfinger Lord of Roaches
We just adopted our beardie (about 2.5 to 3 months old) 10 days ago. The tip of their tail is a little bit darker and has a couple indentations, so I'm worried it might be tail rot.

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Is this normal? Or is this something we should be concerned about?

Butterfinger's activity level seems normal. They're VERY excited about any insects, and periodically move around the terrarium between the hammock, basking spot, cool side, etc. They're not eating many veggies but have had some collard greens and the occasional blueberry nibble.

Our new pet vet appointment is on July 15th (to give Butterfinger time to settle in before a potentially stressful vet visit). I can try to get an earlier one if needed, but I don't want to stress Butterfinger out more if it's nothing.
 

KarrieRee

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Hiccup he is 4 and Blaze is 3
We just adopted our beardie (about 2.5 to 3 months old) 10 days ago. The tip of their tail is a little bit darker and has a couple indentations, so I'm worried it might be tail rot.

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Is this normal? Or is this something we should be concerned about?

Butterfinger's activity level seems normal. They're VERY excited about any insects, and periodically move around the terrarium between the hammock, basking spot, cool side, etc. They're not eating many veggies but have had some collard greens and the occasional blueberry nibble.

Our new pet vet appointment is on July 15th (to give Butterfinger time to settle in before a potentially stressful vet visit). I can try to get an earlier one if needed, but I don't want to stress Butterfinger out more if it's nothing.
Its more than likely going into shed-- they turn different colors- this is what to look for w/ 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: Bearded Dragon Tail Rot: What the Dark Tail Mean & Treatment
T 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
 

KarmaMoon

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Nova
No definitely not. Most dragon's tales are a bit darker or a bit faded looking.
What you are looking for is going to be a dark crinkled fry look, or like the end of a cigarette when someone doesn't knock off the ashes.
 

Butterfinger's Momma

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Baby Butterfinger Lord of Roaches
Ah okay, thank you!!

I'm used to geckos that go very pale right before a shed. Definitely an overly worried first-time beardie mom then! :)
 

xp29

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Zen , Ruby & Snicker Doodle
Well you have come to the right place, the folk here are great and more than willing to answer any questions you may have. The only dumb question Is one that isn't asked :cool:
 

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