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Old 21st September 2018   #1
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Default Is this frog ok?

I spotted this frog in a tank and took some photos because I thought it looked hilarous. However after I left I started to wonder if it was healthy at all. The name plate said it was an African Clawed Frog and googling that didn't help as there were images with both rounded frogs and not. All the other animals were in great body health, I just have no idea about frogs.
I do not own this frog. I do not know it's water parameters and I couldn't spot a thermometer. It was in a planted tank, maybe 15-20 gallons, HOB fliter, small feeder goldfish were in with it. Substrate was gravel or rough sand.
Is this what they're supposed to look like?
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Old 22nd September 2018   #2
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I never kept frogs but I'm going to go out on a limb here and say he's not well.



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Old 22nd September 2018   #3
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If you haven't guessed already, that is definitely not ok. The frog seems to have an extreme case of bloat, or is extremely obese. It also shouldn't be kept with fish, as they usually disrupt water quality, and a healthy frog would not hesitate to attempt to eat the fish, which is unhealthy for the animal anyways. This article is for newts, but should still be helpful judging by the case of this animal...

https://www.caudata.org/cc/articles/bloatEDK.shtml



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That frog has some really serious edema issues. Id say it is past the point of no return.



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Thanks everyone. I thought that might be the case. In the moment I thought it was just a funny frog but after I left I thought something might be seriously wrong.
I'm assuming the fish were in there as a food source. I don't like the idea of keeping fish with amphibians, food source it not.
I'm probably going to email the director and see if the animal can be removed from display view. So others who see it don't think it's healthy or good.



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The frog has bloat. I don't know if its serious or not, could it swim well or did it float like a balloon? Ask the guy to consider putting some aquarium salt and stress coat+ (what i did to treat one of my frogs, although it wasn't that bad), and also to give it a better diet. Goldfish and bloodworms are the best way to give your frog bloat.



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When stressed, Xenopus frogs can acquire infections like mycobacteria or Aeromonas from the water; organ failure like kidneys, liver or heart can also cause coelomic fluid accumulation. When they get this bloated it affects their ability to eat because everything inside gets pushed out of place. The frog should definitely visit a qualified exotic animal veterinarian.



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