My ball just shed TWICE, which is weird in itself. He had a really rough shed last week; I had to soak him twice, two or three hours each time, and peel off some of the skin myself. Then I put him back and he seemed fine.
This week he shed AGAIN, although this time it wasn't nearly as rough, though it still came off in big chunks rather than one nice piece. It was weird though, because I hadn't actually had a chance to feed him yet since his last shed, and so far he's only ever shed after eating.
I noticed when I took him out of the tank in order to clean it, though, that there's something funky going on around his tail. It looks like individual scales are actually coming off. It doesn't seem to be hurting him; I poked him a bit and he didn't react other than the usual "wtf are you doing, leggo" move. But it's sort of freaking me out.
A cursory Google shows that it could just be a transition from his rough shed last week (it's conceivable that I missed a bit around his tail) OR a sign of an infection. I'm not sure if it's skin or new scales under the flakes, although it definitely has a different look/texture than scales. It's even a little pinkish, so it could be skin.
I'd post photos, but I loaned my digital camera out to a friend last week and she hasn't returned it yet. Should I be worried? Should I take him to a vet? Normally I'd just have him to the vet right away--better safe than sorry--but I'm strapped for cash right now due to an upcoming funeral, so I don't want to take him in unless it's actually serious.
: Now with photo!! It's a really crappy one that my roommate took with her phone, but it's the best we got.( cut for potential stretching of friendslistsCollapse )
This photo actually makes it look a little worse than it actually is because it's so blurry. His tailtip isn't red all over like that, but it's definitely sort of blotchy and pink. If it's an injury of some kind, will he heal on his own, or do I need to take him to a vet?Edit
: Weeeellll, I took him into the vet today and turns out, yep, it was scale rot. I have some antibiotics now. Thanks everyone!