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Old 17th January 2009   #1
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Default baby bullfrog illness?

i have a newly morphed bullfrog, the only one who decided to morph from the group. anyway i had him in an aquatic setup with a turtle dock. he was fine the first week. he ate at least three crickets during that time. then he started to spend less and less time on land. and now if i remove him from water he jumps back in. he's gotten very waterlogged, and his skin is starting to come off. i've removed him from his tank, and put him in a small tank with wet moss. can anyone tell me what this could be?

and any ideas on this creature and if it could be causing my problems? its that little white worm on the glass near the aquarium sealant.
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Old 17th January 2009   #2
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Default Re: baby bullfrog illness?

That appears to be a aquatic insect larva. I don't think its the problem. Also is shedding of skin the only problem because all healthy amphibians shed there skin.



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Old 17th January 2009   #3
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Default Re: baby bullfrog illness?

Perhaps its just going through some sort of motions, if its only just morphed then internally there might still be some major developments going on.

The best thing to do is give it a shore line set up, a turtle dock probably isnt very desireable to the frog as they dont provide safety or cover for the animal and there size also inhibits them from resting in a relaxed manner.



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Old 17th January 2009   #4
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Default Re: baby bullfrog illness?

The worm look like a planarian, which is harmless. See:
http://www.caudata.org/cc/articles/Tank_critters.shtml

I assume that this is a regular American bullfrog (Rana catesbiaena)?

I would recommend moving it to a setup where it has a full choice between water and a sheltered land area. Sometimes an animal will "choose" water rather than an island because it's the only place where they feel sheltered (an instinct to avoid predators). Sometimes the need for shelter overrides their preference for land.



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Default Re: baby bullfrog illness?

Someone from pollywog reccomeded giving him a more terrestial setup as many young frogs go to land to fatten up and disperse. The only problem Is I just came home and he was upside down in the Eco earth...



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Default Re: baby bullfrog illness?

I'd agree about the choice between land and water and the provision of shelter. If the frog is really looking "waterlogged" it may potentially have dropsy, which can arise from nutritional deficiencies to which young growing amphibians are particularly vulnerable. Are you giving it a vitamin supplement on its food?



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Default Re: baby bullfrog illness?

Bad news. I lost him sometime last night. He's just sitting in the water. It doesn't seem like he died in pain though... :/
I hadn't begun vitamins yet as I wanted to ensure he was eating first. Unfortunately he stopped eating soon after.



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