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Injured tail???
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Old 03-19-2019, 07:51 AM   #1
sophieshock
Injured tail???

Hi everyone. Iíve had my corn snake Peaches for about a year, and yesterday I noticed her tail looked like this. Iím not really sure whatís happened but I have a feeling some dead skin has gotten caught and caused any circulation of blood to get to the end of her tail. This has only been here for a few days if that, as she was fine last week. Thereís no way she would have injured herself in her viv, so Iím unsure if it could be anything else?

Has anyone got any advise? Iíve soaked her tail in some warm water but I donít want to stress her out too much. Sheís going into shed soon, so would that help remove the skin or make it worse? I have been spraying her viv with water to keep humidity up and have never had an issue before.

Do I need to take her to my vat? He specialises in reptiles so I know I can go to him. Iím just worried about her, and Iím worried it hurts her? She seems fine in herself and is eating and drinking fine and has been fairly active as well.

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Old 03-19-2019, 07:52 AM   #2
sophieshock
The rest of her scales are fine as you can see from the pictures.


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Old 03-20-2019, 04:53 PM   #3
Twolunger
Don't wait. If that skin constricts the blood flow, that part of the tail will die. Soak her again and gently rub a wet paper towel or rag towards the end of her tail. If you are lucky it will roll right off. If it won't come off wet your hand and rub it off towards the end of the tail. Don't wait until the next shed. If the blood flow stops to the tail there's nothing your vet can do except possibly amputating the dead section if tail.
 
Old 03-20-2019, 04:55 PM   #4
Twolunger
Should say section of tail.
 
Old 03-20-2019, 10:33 PM   #5
MysticExotics
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Don't wait. If that skin constricts the blood flow, that part of the tail will die. Soak her again and gently rub a wet paper towel or rag towards the end of her tail. If you are lucky it will roll right off. If it won't come off wet your hand and rub it off towards the end of the tail. Don't wait until the next shed. If the blood flow stops to the tail there's nothing your vet can do except possibly amputating the dead section if tail.
I second this.
 
Old 03-21-2019, 08:23 AM   #6
sophieshock
hiii,

i took her to the vet and he said it will just fall off and not to worry!

thanks!


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Old 03-21-2019, 09:25 AM   #7
Twolunger
Find another vet.
 
Old 03-21-2019, 09:27 AM   #8
sophieshock
heís very trustworthy and is a reptile specialist. iím going to soak it in some warm water but he said itís fine.

thanks for your input anyway haha.


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Old 03-21-2019, 09:44 AM   #9
Twolunger
There's two possibilities. One is that the shed remnants are not restricting the blood flow to the end of the tail. Gently removing it is still a good idea in preparation for the next shed. The second possibility is that the restricted blood flow caused the cells to die in the tail, and the end will fall off on its own. If the vet is not concerned I'm not, but the comment that it will fall off had me wondering.
 
Old 03-21-2019, 09:48 AM   #10
sophieshock
he checked it and attempted to try and get the skin off, but he said that the tail will end up falling off on its own and that itís nothing to worry about. he didnít seem concerned and heís known all our pets since day 1, so i trust him. he said to soak it but he didnít want to pull it too much just in case as it clearly is tender. he said it will fall off and leave a stump, and it might bleed a little bit.

i will still soak it for her but sheís just fed so i donít want to more her too much.

thank you though, i will be keeping an eye on it and if it changes or anything i will be taking her back to him.


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