Tue, Nov 28, 2023

Tail rot and shedding issues don’t look well

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Tail rot in reptiles is a serious condition that can lead to systemic infection if not treated properly. It typically occurs when the tail has been injured or if there is an issue with blood circulation to the tail, often due to constriction from an improperly shed skin or substrate. The compromised blood flow leads to necrosis (death) of the tail tissue, which can spread if not addressed.

Shedding issues in reptiles, such as dysecdysis, can be caused by a variety of factors including improper humidity levels, nutritional deficiencies, or underlying health problems. Inadequate shedding can lead to retained shed, which can constrict blood flow and contribute to conditions like tail rot.

Given the symptoms you've described, it's important to take immediate steps to support your reptile while preparing for a visit to a reptile-savvy veterinarian.

For shedding issues, you can gently increase the humidity in the enclosure or provide a shedding box—a hide filled with moist sphagnum moss or paper towels—to help your reptile shed more easily.

Hydration is also key. Ensure your reptile has access to clean water and consider gently soaking your reptile in shallow, lukewarm water to help with hydration and shedding, if your reptile's species tolerates it well.

Loss of appetite can be a sign of stress or illness, so continued refusal to eat is concerning.

Infections can become life-threatening if not treated promptly with appropriate antibiotics and, in some cases, surgical intervention may be necessary to remove necrotic tissue.

If you have any additional questions, please don’t hesitate to come back to us! Thank you.