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RE: Help with auratus deaths

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Posted by: otis07 at Thu Jul 31 19:46:38 2008  [ Report Abuse ] [ Email Message ] [ Show All Posts by otis07 ]  
   

This sounds a lot like internal parasites, a lot of darts will show no sighs of parasites and then of all a suddn start to go downhill. Most larger frogs are fine with parasites, but since the darts are so small the parasites have a much larger impact on them. The parasites get triggered by a weakened immune system in the frog, most likey caused by stress and then multiply. They don't get any less active, and they are still eating a lot just before they die. The only problem is, they are eating for more than 1, hundreds of little worms in their body get all the good stuff from the food.

The good thing is that it can be treated, panacur is a dewormer that dr. frye of fryebrothersfrogs.com carries that will wipe out the worms. you need to send fecals off to confirm before treatment. the sucky part is, if your other two deceased frogs had it, then the two visibly healthy ones will have it too, and the viv will be contaminated and will need to be stripped and sterilized if you plan on treating the remaining frogs.

i know your two other frogs may seem healthy now, but if you've had half the frogs die of unknown causes, chances are if you don't change anything the other two will also. but if you do treat, auratus are hardy darts and should be parasite free in 6 weeks if you use panacur.

please feel free contact me at otis07_@hotmail.com if you have any more questions.
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