Reptiles/Bearded Dragon


Tail Rot?
Tail Rot?  
I think that my bearded dragon may have tail rot. I have no veterinarian clinic near me that treats reptiles, would there be anything that I can do to help by bearded dragon?

Hello Yanelli,

It could be tail rot, but it looks more like the darkening right before a shed.  It doesn't appear injured, either.  Can you think of anytime that he could have hurt his tail?  It is hard & dry or flexible & pliable feeling?
Has he been shedding in other areas previously?  
You can get some shea butter to put on his tail to moisturize it right now, in case it is getting ready for a shed.
How is his appetite doing?
Can you run over your tank setup with me also, such as the type & brand of UVB light, temperatures & supplementation given too just to be sure everything is correct.
Let me know how he is doing.



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Tracie Kretzschmar


I can answer questions pertaining to health, UVB specifics, overall husbandry care & supplementation, analysis of blood test results, and behavioral problems & handling. I can answer questions pertaining to bearded dragons, leopard geckos, iguanas, uromastyx & ball pythons. I can answer adeno virus related questions in bearded dragons, & then specifically about the testing methods as well. I am beginning an Pogona Adeno Testing Society in 2008 which will help to begin to start some standardization within the bearded dragon colonies of the breeders who choose to test.


I have been working with bearded dragons for over 5 years now, as well as leopard geckos, too. I am currently doing rescues, as well. I hope to be able to educate people prior to them purchasing an exotic pet in order to avoid any health crisis with them.

I have a master's degree in sports medicine & physiology, & 1 year of vet tech schooling, & am currently working on a reptile certification through the Pet Industry Joint Advisory Council.

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