Originally Posted by markpulawski
Perhaps a new thread and trying not to derail but packaging a frog for shipment even for export should not create the look some WC have when imported. I don't think most of these frogs look this way due to being caught and held, most imports don't look to have fresh scrapes but it seems more a function of growing up in the wild and the tribulations there in.
Maybe some of these frogs have a scratched pattern as part of their variability, but in the case of Armson's frog, would that frog always produce a solid red backed frog or could there be black inclusions in the red color pattern, those that are not the black/blue spotting we see in some "strawberry darts". I think a round of photos of offspring from these imports would tell us a lot, hopefully we will see a decent sampling of babies out of these guys and the other CR imports over the next few months by which we can at least make some assumptions. As long as adult frogs that have a scratched up look are imported, many will look at them with a certain opinion.
They came in with marks and scratches due to two things.
1.) Being kept outside in screened enclosures.
2.) Staying longer then expected in the deli cups. USFWS was supposed to clear them on a Fri and didn't show up until Mon.
Each shipment, more and more of any of the issues are being fixed and at some point in the future they will come in "perfect". It's a lot easier here to just raise frogs up in a glass cage and throw in a deli cup and ship overnight, ten it is down there. So as long as they are imported, they may have some scars from that process. However, this next shipment we hope to have the delay during shipping greatly reduced, and hopefully improvements on the outdoor enclosures start to show as well.