Anonymous asked in PetsReptiles · 7 years ago

Help! my african dwarf frog is missing his hand :( will he be ok?

I just got two african dwarf frogs and one of them is missing his front hand. its just a nub. will he be ok??? he can swim to the top for air i have seen him do it.


hes not with any fish, he was at the pet store, but i just have him with another african dwarf frog now. i heard you can get medicine to put in the water? should i do that? will his hand grow back like a lizards tail?

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  • 7 years ago
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    If your frog survives the initial shock and the potential infections resulting from the injury, then he can live a perfectly normal life. There are lots of cases of full-grown ACFs that lost a limb in their youth. If your frog is in with fish you need to remove him until he heals and if you think the fish are the culprits you might need to move your frog permanently.

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  • Anonymous
    7 years ago

    You've noticed he can still reach the top for air so that's good.

    The rest of my answer is assuming he didn't already have the missing hand when you bought him.

    If he already had the missing hand he's possibly healed and fine.

    If it's a new injury and not from a fish biting it off he might've gotten his hand stuck in the filter intake grid and in the struggle to free himself lost part of his limb. If that's a possibility you'll need to either change the filter to one that has a smaller grid on the water intake tube or put some mesh around the grid of the one you have like a nylon stocking (rinsed and cleaned thoroughly to clean it of dyes and chemicals), to prevent this from happening again.

    On your Q if he will be ok - fungus and/or bacterial infection can set in on an open wound, esp. if they're living in under ideal conditions: a bowl of water.

    A cycled, heated tank, very clean water and regular gravel vacuum are a must to prevent infection. If you see any infection starting you can treat the water with Maracyn Oxy. Use as directed for fish. Maracyn Oxy won't kill off the good bacteria in your filter. You can treat the water with both frogs in it, the other frog will be fine. You can use an anti fungal medication as a preventative too.

    You can also use antibiotics like tetracycline, ampicillin, Maracyn Plus. ADF's can get secondary infections just like fish can.

    The hand won't grow back on an adf like they can on an acf but adf amputees live long and happy lives (5-8 years) as long as they can get air and live in a cycled, maintained tank just like for fish.

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