Tamela, queen of the uros
Is that a misfire or something else?
The white spot on her white shoulder? We’re not sure what it is. Most of the time white patches on uros are scars, whether that be from a burn or something else. Tamela’s isnt…. a normal scar mark so I’m thinking that it could just be a paper of her color. She’s had it as long as I’ve had her!
Ive also seen it from Uvb burn? Especially with how fired up the surrounding areas are
That’s really interesting, I haven’t actually heard of UBV burn in uros before this! The only thing that throws me off with it is the three blue-ish patches around it because most of the scars I’ve seen on uros are solid white. Unless UBV scars are different…?
I’ve only ever seen it with coil Uvb bulbs set below 10" from the basking site. The bluish patches are usually fired up black pigmentation while white is fired up banding or coloration patches. Focused Uv radiation only switches on all of the color and pigment, and if in a burn, it can stay fired up for their life (but may grow smaller proportionately). With uvb burns, you should also check for star cataracts. I have an old female Maliensis with a burn like this and a star cataract on the same side.
Its hard to go off of a photo, a biopsy of the cells would be the only surefire way to tell. It looks completely healed tbh, and your ornate looks happy and fabulous so the added stress of a biopsy would make me hesitant. I treat areas like this as if they were delicate albino skin. Just be wary of sunburns. 🙂
With heat burns, the skin around the burn will blacken and pull with low exposure of focused heat. But in high exposure of focused heat, the entire top layer of dermis (pigmentation and all) will eventually come off leaving the pure white patch of new skin. Same thing happens with breeding bites.
Nice! Thank you for the info. It makes since because coiled bulbs are so concentrated.
I’ve had Tamela for over four years at this point and she had this when I got her, so a biopsy, like you said, probably wouldn’t be worth it. I’ve never noticed an issue with her before. Just checked again, but there isn’t a star cataract so that’s good!