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Thread: Help!

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    Help!

    I was out for a walk this morning with my dogs and came upon this frog who was covered in dirt and had a few ants crawling on him/her but was still breathing. I can't stand the thought of an animal spending it's last moments on Earth in this manner so I brought it inside, cleaned it up and put it in an old fish aquarium I have with some rocks, little bit of water and boiled lettuce. So far, it's still breathing but as I was cleaning him/her, I noticed this "thing" pierced through its neck. I don't know how to remove it because a simple tug did nothing but don't want to cut it either in case it's part of the frog that somehow exited it's throat because the throat was sliced somehow. Advice or knowledge on the matter would be SO appreciated! I really want to help this sweet creature to survive!
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    Re: Help!

    Welcome to the forum!

    I'm really not sure what that reddish-transparent patch on the frog's throat is. My guess - and it is no more than that - is that he has been injured and that his body is self-healing by new growth. Quite a few reptiles are able to grow new body parts, and some amphibians (such as frogs) are able to do so, too.

    You could take him to specialist vet to be checked out. If that is not feasible, then a pet shop with amphibians might be willing to give advice. I will ask a lady I know on another animal forum, who knows a fair bit about reptiles and amphibians.

    I do so hope that the poor fellow pulls through OK! Keep us informed!

    P.S. I deleted your duplicate thread. Your threads were sent for moderation by the system, for reasons which are not clear. So I assume that you posted a second thread because the first one did not appear straight away. I have now authorised this (first) thread.
    Last edited by LPC; 08-15-2017 at 03:28 PM.

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    Re: Help!

    Update to my post above. I have now received a reply from my friend who has reptiles and amphibians. Here is the reply:
    "I am glad to hear that someone is willing to rescue a frog.
    Looking at the picture I am thinking it is a green tree frog. It looks like an Australian or British green tree frog, not so much the north American ones.
    It needs to be kept moist, but not immersed in water. Give him a shallow dish of water in case he needs to soak. Reptiles and amphibians can heal themselves, but he needs to be kept clean. It looks like she has him on wet paper towel(kitchen roll). Rinse him with clean water and change the paper when it looks dirty.
    Don't let him get too warm if the area he is from is not too warm. Don't let him dry out.

    There is a cut on the neck and the piece sticking out could be a piece of cartilage. If so, it is part of the frog. Just rinse it with water. If her tap water has a lot of chlorine it will need to be filtered or allowed to sit overnight. He might be able to heal. It won't be fast, but they must be able to repair their skin, so he can do it. We just don't know if there is serious damage to the throat.

    It is important that he eats and that he is able to eat.
    Frogs eat flies and flying insects, maybe even some slugs. She could catch flies for now or moths. If he lives, pet stores have crickets.
    I don't think he would eat boiled lettuce. Frogs are insectivores.
    I hope he makes it. She is doing very well to have set him up safely.
    Keep me posted if you hear anything."

    Please tell us how the frog is getting on.

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    Re: Help!

    Quote Originally Posted by LPC View Post
    Update to my post above. I have now received a reply from my friend who has reptiles and amphibians. Here is the reply:
    "I am glad to hear that someone is willing to rescue a frog.
    Looking at the picture I am thinking it is a green tree frog. It looks like an Australian or British green tree frog, not so much the north American ones.
    It needs to be kept moist, but not immersed in water. Give him a shallow dish of water in case he needs to soak. Reptiles and amphibians can heal themselves, but he needs to be kept clean. It looks like she has him on wet paper towel(kitchen roll). Rinse him with clean water and change the paper when it looks dirty.
    Don't let him get too warm if the area he is from is not too warm. Don't let him dry out.

    There is a cut on the neck and the piece sticking out could be a piece of cartilage. If so, it is part of the frog. Just rinse it with water. If her tap water has a lot of chlorine it will need to be filtered or allowed to sit overnight. He might be able to heal. It won't be fast, but they must be able to repair their skin, so he can do it. We just don't know if there is serious damage to the throat.

    It is important that he eats and that he is able to eat.
    Frogs eat flies and flying insects, maybe even some slugs. She could catch flies for now or moths. If he lives, pet stores have crickets.
    I don't think he would eat boiled lettuce. Frogs are insectivores.
    I hope he makes it. She is doing very well to have set him up safely.
    Keep me posted if you hear anything."

    Please tell us how the frog is getting on.

    Thank you so much for your response! I teach kindergarten and we had tadpoles this past spring who ate boiled lettuce but when the frog showed no interest in it, I went to the pet store and bought both crickets and some little worms but he/she did not want those either so I continued to keep him/her safe in the little habitat I made and tried again a few hours later but still no interest in eating. I continued to keep an eye on him/her overnight and after remaining underneath the damp paper towel for most of the time that I had him/her, he/she finally crawled out from underneath of it and when I took the top off to remove the old towel and put a new one inside, little Froggy came leaping out! So, I assumed it was safe to say that he/she was feeling better and after a good little chase around the kitchen, I caught him/her again and released him/her outside by the pond in my neighborhood :) Name:  image.jpg
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    Re: Help!

    In the last photo, it almost looks like he is smiling and saying, "Thank you"....
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    Re: Help!

    Quote Originally Posted by LPC View Post
    In the last photo, it almost looks like he is smiling and saying, "Thank you"....
    I completely agree! It was such a pleasure just keeping him/her safe while I could. He/she was always so calm and alert, following me with its eyes and maintaining eye contact when I would speak to him/her. We definitely had a special little bond :)

 

 

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