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Discussion in 'Bearded Dragon Health' started by Ryan Konieczka, Jun 10, 2019.

  1. Ryan Konieczka

    Ryan Konieczka Bearded Dragon Egg

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    Hello!
    Newbie bearded dragon owner here. My bearded dragon is a couple months old, and the previous owner told me his tail was nipped as a baby. Now that he's gotten a bit older i started to notice that the tail turns black after taking him out and putting him back into the tank. I read on here that this could mean a necessary vet visit and potentially cutting off the tail, but i wanted mass opinions first before i shell out the cash. Thanks.

    P.S. One of the pictures shows right after taking out of tank and putting back in. The other is him just relaxing in the tank. IMG-5222.JPG IMG-5225.JPG
  2. The Lizard Lady

    The Lizard Lady Bearded Dragon Egg

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    Hello! Based on the pictures you have provided (primarily the second one), I'd say that the black coloration is just his natural color. As I'm sure you've noticed, beardies do darken when removed from their basking heat source in an attempt to catch more heat or if they are stressed/excited. The presence of gray isn't necessarily alarming because it can be seen on quite a bit of the tail. That being said, it would never hurt to take him him for a vet visit if you still have concerns. Some things to look out for are: issues shedding near the end of the tail, scabbing, and darkening of the tail tip. If you do happen to see this darkening of the tail (Generally just the tip), that indicates tail rot and he should be seen by a vet to have the rotted area removed and treated. Best of luck, and beautiful dragon!!
  3. kaylynangel

    kaylynangel Hatchling Dragon

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  4. kaylynangel

    kaylynangel Hatchling Dragon

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    I agree just the coloring
    kaylyn
  5. JumpinJellyfish

    JumpinJellyfish Juvenile Dragon

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    (Completely normal tail on a ) beautiful dragon!!