Hello folks, it's been a while since I've had a question to ask, I'm usually on the answering end, but I wanted to get a general consensus on what some of my favorite long time Bearded Dragon owners think.
Zola is a 12 year old male bearded dragon who is housed solo. His UVB light is fresh, his temps are stable and his stressors are next to nothing. It's just him and I (and a couple of leopard geckos) in our apartment. He is a picky salad eater and subsists mostly on orange fruits and veggies with a bit of greens hidden in the mix and a steady diet of dubias who eat the greens that he so stubbornly refuses. Also he is fed the roaches outside of the tank.
He's recently been undergoing a shed, he only sheds about once a year anymore over the course of several months in patches. Tonight during his bath I noticed some red flecks and panicked at the thought of mites (been there, done that, if it happens again I'm burning down my house) but upon closer inspection they are not mites and they are not open wounds, they appear to be bruises or some other manifestation of blood under his scales. The spots are bilateral but predominantly on the left side.
I am not sure if it might be the result of a bad shed (I haven't noticed much stuck on skin, he gets bathed once weekly, but the humidity here in eastern WA feels like it is less than zero. The moisture is just being sucked out of everything) or the result of an injury.
In his advanced-ish age he does seem to be more clumsy and less resilient and I am wondering if he may have fallen off of his shelf or gotten himself stuck between some rocks and the glass or something similar. Also I have seen him scratch this area of his head pretty violently with his back feet so I'm not sure if that might contribute.
Basically I guess what I'm looking for here is:
Has anyone seen anything like this before and do you have a theory on the cause (shed or injury)?
I am generally a strong supporter of the "wait and see" method, but right now I am packing to move 500 miles next week and I am concerned about my little buddy's well being. I do have the option of leaving him at the vet clinic until I am settled at the end of the month if I don't want to shock him with the move, but honestly I feel like he is better off under my supervision. i'm just looking for a little "If I were in your shoes" type advice.
A nice head shot:
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