Anonymous asked in PetsReptiles · 1 decade ago

About pet water frogs?

I bought my son two frogs for Christmas. One hasn't been doing well since the begining. The other one was fine and happy, but today he started getting this white fuzz like stuff all over his body. He's not swimming around either. What's wrong with it?

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago
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    Let me help. I have (and have had) all kinds of critters, including but not limited to frogs. Frogs are really sensitive. White fuzz...that's FUNGAL GROWTH, and that's what killed the first frog and will (probably) kill this one. Would the frogs have been contaminated at the petshop? I think most probably. What kind of enviroment did you create for them? The ONLY thing you can do is to spray the frog with "Betadine". It's safe for use on amphibians - the US fish and wildlife use it on their specimens in the field. You need to treat this frog ASAP. YOU NEED TO KILL THE FUNGAL GROWTH on him. ONLY use Betadine spray as NOTHING else is safe. Email me if you like and best of luck.

    Canadian Council on Animal Care:


    Superficial Fungus Infections

Superficial fungus infections, such as Saprolegnia can also start in minor abrasions. These can be a hazard amongst larval salamanders if several larvae in a single tank begin to nip at one another. Fungi appear as an opaque, usually fuzzy, white area of skin, often on an extremity, the median fin or on external gills. It has been demonstrated that fungus infections will respond to calcium propionate solution, used as a dip. Affected animals are dipped in an aqueous solution of 2-3% calcium propionate for one minute and immediately returned to fresh water. Treatment should be repeated once or twice daily until grossly visible signs of infection disappear. Topical painting of wounds and localized fungal infections with a 2% mercurochrome solution, followed in a few minutes by washing in flowing water has been recommended (Boterenbrood and Verhoff-De Fremery, 1976). Potassium permanganate dips at 1:5000 for five minutes have also proven useful against Saprolegnia infection (Temple and Fowler, 1978). The appearance of fungus infections, especially among larval salamanders, should serve as warning that attempted cannibalism is occurring and the larvae should be housed singly, if possible.


  • 1 decade ago

    I have 4 frogs. It might just be getting ready to shed its skin. They do that every few weeks or so. They look kind of fuzzy & seem to be itchy before they finally kick & rub their old skin off, then they are just fine. I hope thats all yours is doing. Good Luck!!

  • 4 years ago

    Water frogs are large pets yet they die especially promptly. you could feed them frog pellets. you may get those at puppy co. i'm unsure relating to the turtle interior the comparable tank tho. it would eat the frogs and the guppies. :P

  • 1 decade ago

    I have not had pet frogs before but I had fish who did this. they have something you can put in the water to kill the fungus.

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