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Is this tail rot?

vlynnhowell

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Help! I can’t tell if this is tail rot or not. When we got Elizardbeth she had just a little black to the tail. As they got bigger it got darker. I’m not sure if this is serious or natural to the coloring.
 

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Sadie

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Help! I can’t tell if this is tail rot or not. When we got Elizardbeth she had just a little black to the tail. As they got bigger it got darker. I’m not sure if this is serious or natural to the coloring.
Tail rot starts w/ nips bites and pinches- if there is a pinch on the end or other injury it can turn into tail rot- tails will turn different colors when starting a shed- 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/
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

To me from the pic it looks like shed but only you can identify if there is a wound- the pic is blurry for me to see it clearly
 

vlynnhowell

Bearded Dragon Egg
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Tail rot starts w/ nips bites and pinches- if there is a pinch on the end or other injury it can turn into tail rot- tails will turn different colors when starting a shed- 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/
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

To me from the pic it looks like shed but only you can identify if there is a wound- the pic is blurry for me to see it clearly
Thank you for that information. There has been no injuries, and no open wounds.

The most I could probably say is that they don’t eat a lot of the veggies I place out for them.

The darkness is more spotty over the tail and no brittleness to it.
 

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Sadie

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Thank you for that information. There has been no injuries, and no open wounds.

The most I could probably say is that they don’t eat a lot of the veggies I place out for them.

The darkness is more spotty over the tail and no brittleness to it.
Thats good and no that is not tail rot - it would be black - starting at the wound etc---- shes shedding so your good! :)
 
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