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Q: Black Spots/Scales on Bearded Dragon
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Scales on the bearded dragon are turning black in small patches around the throat and recently 3 scales in that spot came off. Under the scales was really soft and black. It is an adult bearded dragon. My friend wanted me to post this for her. Any ideas?

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Member Comment 3/14/2011 7:30:45 AM


I dont have extensive knowledge of Bearded Dragons but i believe this is normal especially for males. I think its a territorial behavior and my mom has one and it has the same thing and it will turn black then return to normal. It usually does this when my mom cleans his cage and once she is done it goes back to normal. But like i said i don't have extensive knowledge of behavior or anything and my moms Beardie is extremly healthy and well taken care of and cage is right on with heat and lights.

Member Comment 3/14/2011 7:33:01 AM


After rereading your post again it could also be mites or possibly shed that turned color then just fell off. If you can get a picture from your friend of their Bearded Dragons throat it would help a lot also.

Assisted Answer 3/14/2011 11:14:18 AM


Could be an infected cricket bite, could be anything. Keep the area clean, give the beardie a soak, thouroughly clean its cage, apply a topical antiseptic (betadine, sulfadine) and if it gets worse take it to a vet.

Accepted Answer 3/14/2011 11:06:54 PM


+1 to shellboa.  Plus, on top of thoroughly disinfecting the cage, create as sterile an environment as possible.  You didn't say what type of substrate is being used, but I'd switch up to paper towels changed daily (daily, because they will probably get kicked/bunched up/dirtied on a daily basis), as well as temporarily getting rid of any natural cage furniture like logs or branches that could harbor bacteria.  A good soak in a 5% bleach solution followed by a very thorough soaking/rinsing and a bake in the oven would be in order...but a better idea might just be to toss 'em and start over with new stuff, especially since your friend doesn't know what they are dealing with yet.   And personally, I'd make a vet appt asap, but I'm paranoid and always call the vet @ the first sign of any weirdness; and this situation sounds quite weird.

Member Comment 3/15/2011 10:30:21 PM


Photos would be helpful

Author Comment 3/15/2011 11:12:04 PM


Assisted Answer 3/16/2011 9:05:35 AM

Sonja K. Reptiles

Have you tried using a soft bristled toothbrush to clean the area along with / after soaking? Could it be dried debris from food or something?

Member Comment 7/6/2011 3:08:02 PM


Is he fighting? Any ornery food prey? hydrated? scratching his face? Could this just be a shed?  Did someone in the house pull his shed off his beard?


I am a newb too so I am just trying to brainstorm for y'all.

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