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Brooke
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# Posted: 10 Apr 2013 01:41


Hi there. I bought my daughter a smooth sided toad for her birthday (seventh) at a reptile expo- so sadly I don't have a store's support. He (I think) was one of four all about the same size (my closed fist would be about right for the body) and he was the chunkiest. The other three looked skinny. It's our first toad and I did not consider that they might all have been housed together, so if one didn't look well perhaps they all weren't well.

So now he has settled into his live terrarium. It's a 24 x 24 exo terra. He has coconut husk substrate, spagnum moss and some other moss for moisture, a huge hide and a big bowl. He has under tank heat and sun lamps and infared lighting. His tank is about 70 humidity and 70 degrees at night, maybe 75 during the day. He is moving around: sometimes he is in the hide, sometimes the water, but he is not eating.

I have tried calci-worm, night crawler, crickets, and tomato horn worm. I have never seen him eat. It has been 10 days. He seems skinnier.

I'm guessing he has a parasite? He has never pooped that I have found- so I can't test this.

So... three part question:
What and where do I buy treatment? (Anyone know a site?) How much for his size? How do I administer it?

And do I have to rip out everything and strip this 10 day old tank?

I don't want this guy to die, and aside from a high caloric paste/appetite stimulant that is on its way to me, I don't know what to do?

I appreciate the help.
-Brooke

Heather
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# Posted: 10 Apr 2013 14:59


(You do't need to repost. It's been quiet around here lately, unfortunately, due to large amounts of spam being posted)

When did you get the toad? What is your current weather like?

They can often take a couple weeks to get fully settled in. If you are still experiencing cold weather, that too will slow down eating and activity.

If the high caloric paste/appetite stimulant that you have coming is for Reptiles... I wouldn't use it for amphibians. The two absorb differently therefor administration would be different... ect.

Best bet may be a local vet with amphibian knowledge (hopefully) or trying to contact the seller from the expo and asking about husbandry. (I would also remove any loose moss from the tank, that stringy stuff can easily be grabbed up with a food item and cause impaction)

Unfortunately, there isn't really anyone here that can prescribe a medication and dose. That is something best left to the professionals.

Have you tried covering the tank to reduce all surrounding stress and leaving it that way for a few days?


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jesse kooiman
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# Posted: 12 Apr 2013 01:41


He has under tank heat and sun lamps and infared lighting.
I would ditch these all right off the bat. Try to keep the room he's in around 70. Also, I would keep the room, or at least the tank, pretty dim and QUIET. Mist the enclosure with tepid dechlorinated water at dusk, and add a small number of crickets. He should eat and acclimate after awhile. Good luck! JVK


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Mercedesherp
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# Posted: 12 Apr 2013 03:26


These are tropical toads with high humidity and water requirements.
They are also large animals with a need to thermo/ humidify regulate.
The smallest container to posssibly house this species, as adults,
would be similar to a 70 gal fiberglass or plastic ranch animal feeding tank.
They will eat massive quanities of large crickets, but not touch many other items.
LOW light levels are key in the longterm maintenance of this species.
( + minimal distubance )


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k412
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# Posted: 13 May 2013 06:00


I have a pair. They love almost mud like coco fiber. They have a 40 breeder. They do prefer crickets ^ info is 100% accurate.

Low light, leaf cover, clean the water bowl daily but don't fill it very deep, only as deep as the toad is at the resting position.


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k412
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# Posted: 14 May 2013 05:42


By the way, mine have always had an improved appetite during chat rid treatment. But good luck finding lamasil!


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