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Old 05-25-2019, 07:28 PM
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One of my three auratus has always been smaller, more shy, and a little skinnier. They’re all adult now, and he still looks a little thin to my eyes, although I see him eating enthusiastically quite a bit. Compared to the other two he’s significantly leaner, but lately I’ve been wondering if he’s just the only male. The other two also have slightly more abrupt “hunches” on their backs too. A few photos below. The frog in the background of one shot is probably a female. What do you think? Should I get a fecal done or is this a male that’s just on the lean side?

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Sometimes in groups one frog will be the more shy straggler. Your frog looks just fine though, not even close to looking unhealthy. Hes holding good weight. Just keep an eye on him and you should be fine
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I have one in my group that is similar. I call him the runt of the litter. Noticeably smaller and skinnier, but he seems happy and healthy. I have had my frogs for about 3 years and this one has never really grown or put on significant weight. All the frogs eat together in the same spot and everyone gets their fill, no real aggression that I can see. For a few months, I even gave the little guy extra food to fatten him up but he always stayed on the small side.
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Your frog does not look healthy at all. I woulf take a stool sample to the vet.
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Hmm, seems like pretty mixed opinions. Maybe I'll have a fecal done just to be safe. Anyone else care to weigh-in? Or would different photos help?
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Your frog does not look healthy at all. I woulf take a stool sample to the vet.
Out of interest, what doesn't look healthy about it?

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Your frog does not look healthy at all. I woulf take a stool sample to the vet.
How do you get that out of curiosity?
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Tbh from what I'm looking at it doesn't look skinny. I don't see the skull or really anything that would indicate it to be unhealthy.
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Out of interest, what doesn't look healthy about it?

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Well, I do see a frog that is way too skinny. A healthy adult frog's body shape looks completely different imo. If you were sure this frog was a female and just laid a clutch , I would think different and say this is normal to look like this for a day or 2.
But with this frog it looks like its bellyflank is starting to fall in, what to me indicatas a parasitic problem. Also, why wouldnt you recommend to take a stool sample to a vet? Even with the slightest doubt, I think its better to prevent than cure.

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Tbh from what I'm looking at it doesn't look skinny. I don't see the skull or really anything that would indicate it to be unhealthy.
I don't think seeing it's skull is the necessary indicator to say it is unhealthy. If you only start acting when seeing its skull, your frog is probably already done for...


I can see opinions vary on this topic, to me that's even more of a reason to play it safe and visit the vet. It does not matter who is right or wrong on this, what matters is the animals is taken care of in the best possible way. and hopefully the resluts say the frog is just a little skinny, underfed or something like that.

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Thanks everyone! "it looks like its bellyflank is starting to fall in." This is exactly what I've been noticing that had me concerned. His flanks look very slightly concave to me, and it didn't seem like a positive sign. I'll separate him and get a fecal done. Hopefully it's something treatable. Parasites can be treated with topical medicine in some cases correct?
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