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I have a juvenile Columbian tegu. About a week ago he

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I have a juvenile Columbian tegu. About a week ago he escaped his enclosure. I found him two days ago, and his tail had fleshy indentations, no blood though. I transferred him to a table where I set him to get a better look. And after a few minutes about half of his tail fell off. The end of his tail is now turning dark grey/black.

Hello, JACustomer. I have been a Veterinary Nurse for over 15 years and would be happy to help you today. I'm reviewing your question right now.

Will you share pictures of what you're seeing?

How long was he outside his enclosure?

Customer: replied 1 month ago.
He was outside his enclosure for about 4 and a half days. I found him 3 days ago. As of now his tail looks like this.

It certainly looks like he sustained a crushing injury of some type in this area. What questions can I answer for you today in regards ***** ***** tail?

Customer: replied 1 month ago.
In general will he be okay without an exotic pet vet visit? The ones around me border on robbery as far as prices go.

If you'd like I can make some recommendations for others in your area if you'll share your state of residence. You can research them to see if any offer other options.

Typically these types of wounds do heal well with time. Surgical debridement of the wound is recommended and will help not only prevent infection but also speed healing along. Reptiles, unlike mammals, can take months or years to heal. It can be a full time job try to heal a substantial wound by comparison. If this cannot happen, I would urge you to clean the area once daily with a mild soap, rinse well, pat try and apply regular Neosporin topically. Keep the area clear of debris, which will mean using cage carpet, turf or tiles in the habitat. If you noticed pus or any thick discharge he needs to see a vet. I cannot tell you that this wound will not claim his life but many reptiles do fine following losing part of their tail. Keep the area as clean as you can and stay on top of usage of the antibiotic ointment. This will increase the potential for healing without the necessity of a veterinary visit, if you choose to go this route.

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Customer: replied 1 month ago.
Thank you for the tips. I'll make sure to do my best to clean it regularly

Sure thing.

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