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salsalito31
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# Posted: 18 Jun 2003 01:02


My D.Leucomelas seems to be very sick. I've had him 6 weeks now and over the past few days a grey film has formed over his eyes. He's become very inactive and won't eat. He keeps his legs curled up close to his body which is very abnormal behavior for him. I've been feeding him a mix of pinheads and fruit flies. Is there anything i can do to save him???? Please help...

Devin Edmonds
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# Posted: 18 Jun 2003 02:41


Hi,

Wow, sorry to hear about your leuc. Are the yellow and black dulling or turning gray as well? The only times that I've seen dart frogs with gray eyes were when dart frogs of mine escaped. Their colors faded and their eyes turned gray. Both times I quickly revived them by soaking them in pedialite.

How are the other conditions in the cage? Temperature? Humidity? I think the best thing to do in this situation is to find a local reptile and amphibian vetrenarian. Have a look at www.arav.org to locate one near you. Even if this leucomelas doesn't make it it is very helpful to have a phone number on hand in case something like this happens again. Let us know about the other conditions that your frog is being kept in and hopefully someone can offer other suggestions.

Devin
www.amphibiancare.com

Derek Benson
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# Posted: 18 Jun 2003 02:41


Sounds like spindly leg.


Derek Benson - Phyllomedusa/Hyperolius Enthusiast
salsalito31
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# Posted: 18 Jun 2003 03:52


he (George) shares the viv. w/ a P. aurotaenia(Taz) and they get along well. temp. is between 80-82 during the day and 75-77 at night. i mist the tank every night and hum. is usually between 70-80%
i change the 'drinking' water every morning and feed them fruit flies or pinheads at night.
I tried feeding him myself, but i don't want to hurt the poor little guy. I read elsewhere to soak them in nut. supp. so i am trying that.
he seems to be chirping more than normal as well.

salsalito31
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# Posted: 18 Jun 2003 03:57


the hum. is 70-80% in the evening and gets down to about 60-70% during the day. i'm having a hard time finding info on spindly leg. are the greying eyes a common charac. of this???

mve
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# Posted: 18 Jun 2003 05:25


seperate them both, and put the aurotaenia in his own cage. if it is serious, he may catch it as well. best thing to do is locate a vet.


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Devin Edmonds
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# Posted: 18 Jun 2003 17:45


Spindley leg is usually seen during or right after metamorphasis. The front arms develope smaller than normal and often bent out of shape and after metamorphasis the froglets usually have to be put down. If your frog had spindley leg you would have noticed it when you bought it but you probably wouldn't have purchased it since spindley leg frogs don't usually live long because they have trouble catching food. No one really knows why this happens. Some people have said that its due to a lack of some kind vitamin while the frogs are tadpoles. There is a great article about it in an old american dendrobatid group news letter that you could probably order from their website. Talk to you later,

Devin
www.amphibiancare.com

salsalito31
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# Posted: 18 Jun 2003 18:31


thanks for all of your help guys.
i've contacted a vet and hopefully i'll hear from him soon.

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