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I have a two year old male rat and he has a bunch of black crusty stuff on his tail.  He seems happy and healthy but I'm not sure what this still is.

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Dear Hannah,

It is impossible for me to know what it looks like without a photo. However, it is normal for a rat to develop a dirty, crusty tail. You should help him to clean it. You can use a soft toothbrush and warm, sudsy water. You can use a mild dish soap or baby shampoo. If it is gross, you won't want to do it all at once. When I did it recently, I rubbed the scales backwards carefully in a few spots and it was enough that it irritated him a bit and he cleaned that part of the tail himself. So that's all I did; I washed a small section and pushed the scales back, and he or maybe his brother took care of it, until the tail was clean.

If it is not dirt, send me a photo so I can help you to figure it out.

Squeaks,

Natasha

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