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Posted: Apr 21 2012, 03:59 PM
Group: Full Members
Member No.: 5,902
Joined: 21-April 12
Hi Mr. Robyn!
First I would like to thank you for your fantastic site! When I first moved to Mississippi I found a baby red eared slider in my bushes. I instantly fell in love; I had a basic idea of how to take care of it but not enough. I spent hours trying to find reliable information... then I found your site. That pretty much says it all. Whenever I have question regarding one of my many amphibian or turtles I always come to you! Ok so off that rabbit trail! LOL!
MY QUSTION: I have a bullfrog about 5 1/2 in. (Fully stretched out from tip of foot to tip of nose) and on my second measurement I only had enough time before he wiggled out of my hand to see the tip if his nose at the 14 cm. mark, so between those two numbers. Lately his poop is runny/mushy and the color could be described as a light orange clay color. He has a funny bump on his bum, to the top left of his...err...opening. So I was just wondering if this is a sign of infection or illness. I LOVE all my frogs so healthiness is TOP priority!
I was haveing trouble posting photos but ill work on posting them
Posted: Apr 21 2012, 06:28 PM
Member No.: 1
Joined: 1-September 03
Welcome to the forum!
I'm not a frog vet (few of those!) but if he's feces has changed from it's normal consistency, then I would say that either the food is not agreeing with him, or he's sick. What did he eat in the past and what has he eaten recently? Since frogs normally only eat live animals, I'm not sure what you could to feed to add fiber and help bind his feces. If you're feeding insects, be sure they are eating a variety of grains, fruits, and vegetables.
I don't think the bump is related to the problem unless it's physically (perhaps internally) blocking his cloaca (opening through which all exists the frog). Lumps and bumps could be an infection if it looks like it contains pus, or they could be viral (if they are more firm and not oozing). If you could find one of those frog vets, maybe you could learn more.
A photo would help. There's more on how to post photos at:
Robyn, Analytical Chemist, Zone 6/7, Maryland
Servant to 5 cats, 2 rabbits, 3 guinea pigs, 1 mouse, 1 redbellied turtle, 3 freshwater aquariums (65, 50, & 20 gallons), 2 saltwater aquariums (6 and 12 gallon nano cube reefs), 7 outdoor ponds (1800, 153, 50, 30, 20, 20, & 12 gallons), 1 indoor pond (20 or 50 gallons, winter only), crickets, mealworms, and hundreds of fish (of about 18+ species), amphibians, snails, shrimp, corals, crabs, worms, and so on in those aquariums and ponds. A mostly full list of my current animals is at http://www.fishpondinfo.com/animals/animallist.htm