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HELP! Tumor on Sudan Plated Lizard's Tail?

Discussion in 'Herp Health' started by pitchblack70, Feb 10, 2013.

  1. pitchblack70

    pitchblack70 New Member

    Hi -

    Thanks for having this board available... Wish it was under better circumstances for me.

    We've had our Sudan Plated Lizard "Buddy" for about seven years now. Not sure how old he was when we got him. (Or really, if he's actually a 'him'.) He gets his UV light, and is fed a regular diet of crickets and pinkies.

    Just a few days ago, my husband noticed a tumor on his tail - so it must have popped up pretty quickly. It's not bleeding or anything, about the size of a Q-tip head. And he's eating fine - although of course he doesn't want us to touch it.

    Is this something that anyone's heard of happening to a Sudan Plated?? We're of course going to be calling our vet soon and seeing if they have a herp specialist available. But I wanted to hear from other owners first. We've never needed a vet for him before, so this is a new thing for us.

    Thanks for any input!!

  2. skelly98

    skelly98 Elite Member

    Yeah, i could come up with theories all day, but it's best something to be checked out by a vet. But a picture would help a ton, though.
  3. AdamL8

    AdamL8 Elite Member

    I used to have a big old Sudan Platey that had his tail broken before I got him but it wasn't snapped off. It partially regenerated so he had a nub of a tail and then another tail that went an inch past that. It never affected him and it was only on the last 2 inches of his tail. Get some pictures of it if you can and people may be able to help better.
  4. pitchblack70

    pitchblack70 New Member

    Thanks to both. Here's the pic. Not the best, but it'll give an idea of what I'm describing ...

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  5. skelly98

    skelly98 Elite Member

    Yeah, i'd see a vet. Best book your appointment now.
  6. pitchblack70

    pitchblack70 New Member

    Yep, we're doing that... Our vet's herp specialist is in on Wednesday - Sat....
  7. pitchblack70

    pitchblack70 New Member

    BTW - just to check in and share the knowledge. My husband took Buddy to the specialist - he stated that the bumps were basically "corns", and probably benign. The Dr. said that while they could be removed, it would probably do more harm than good (since the wound would be difficult to suture) and recommended that we just deal with having a bumpy lizard! :)
  8. Pharoahound

    Pharoahound Elite Member

    Glad to hear its probably nothing! Now you have more lizard to love (in the form of benign corns) ;p

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