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Please help I may be going crazy but I have never noticed theses bumps on my frogs belly and my other frog looks fine. She is active and still eating but the bumps look concerning dose anyone know what this could be from.
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Please help I may be going crazy but I have never noticed theses bumps on my frogs belly and my other frog looks fine. She is active and still eating but the bumps look concerning dose anyone know what this could be from. View attachment 313946
1. What species ? How long have you had the frog(s) and where did you acquire them ? Were they WC (wild collected) or CB (captive bred)?

Dendrobates tinctorius 'Azureus'
She is 3 years old
I got her as a juvenile from joshes frogs

2. What are your temperatures (day and night - highs and lows) and how do you measure those temperatures? Does the vivarium have any supplemental heating, and if so, what type?
The vivarium gets misted twice a day with distilled water. The light stays on from 8-8 the temps tires range from 70-80 70 at night, when it hot in my room I have seen the temp rise to 78, but mainly it stays around 75 during the day. The humidity is always at 99% I use a reptibreez product to measure temperature and humidity.

3. What lighting is on the enclosure (brand, type, wattage) and does the lighting add heat to the vivarium? I’m not sure the light but it’s the lighting recommended by joshes frogs for dart frogs.

4. What is the Humidity like (percentage or guesstimate)? What type of water are you using? What is your misting procedure (automated or hand mister, how long and how often)? I do both hand misting and automated misting. They get a 10 second automatic mist twice a day of distilled water. And and I manually pray the leaves to help heavy debree wash away when I feed them three times a week.

5. Describe your tank/enclosure and its lid or top, and give details about the ventilation (how many vents, where are they positioned, how large are they).
Exo terra with glass lid.

6. What kind of food are you providing, how much and are you dusting it? What superfine powdered supplements (brand and exact product name) are you using and are they fresh (i.e. how long has the container been open, and how is it stored)?
I feed them fruit flies, in the cage there is also isopods and springtails. I once tried baby crickets but they did not enjoy them. I occasionally feed them the larvae of the fruit flies. I dust the fruit flies each time I feed them with dendrocare.

7. Any other animals in the enclosure currently or recently? Tankmates / other frogs ?
Just another Dendrobates tinctorius 'Azureus'

8. Any type of behavior you would consider 'odd' ?
No they are both acting normal and eating normally.

9. Have you handled or touched the frogs recently ? Any cleansers, paint, perfumes, bug sprays etc near the tank ?
I never touch them them the only change was I added plants from a local nursery but I followed the dendroboard description of how to disinfect plants. I have used this method before and had no adverse reactions.

10. Take pictures of EVERYTHING -- the frogs, the enclosure, the vents. Take numerous pics of everything - that will be of great help
The weirdest thing I do is duct tape the vents however I have been doing this for a year now and nothing strange has happened. I do this because the flies kept getting out even after putting netting in the vents. Every other day when they’re fed I open the cage doors and let fresh air in. There is still small amounts of air exchange but I read the vents are more for the plants and that it’s not super important for the dart frogs that use little oxygen so that’s why I started taping the vents.
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We need pics. Also, don't duct tape your ventilation. There are other ways to prevent fruit fly escapes. It could be that she came into contact with something and she's having some kind of reaction to it. It could be a skin infection of some kind. I would look for an exotic vet in the area and monitor her to see if it gets better or worse.
Thanks for the response, and I have already order the stuff to cover up the vents with mesh not tape, I’ve been meaning to do it for a while now and this definitely gave me the push I needed. I don’t have any good exotic vets, I live in a smaller town so if anyone has any suggestions for online vet services please let me know, if all else fails I will drive her to a bigger city.
How long ago was this, and when was this in relation to you noticing the bumps on the frog?

Not relevant to your current concern, but this (frogs don't need venting) isn't true at all. It isn't a matter of oxygen, it is a matter of air circulation around the frogs so that they can self-regulate their moisture exposure and their rates of transpiration for cooling. Again, this is just a general comment, but worth pointing out if only to head off misinformation. :)
I once saw it in a video on keeping fruit flies in the cage, it was definitely bad information and I’m now convinced that has to be the cause of all theses. All the vets in my town have suggested I drive two hours to the university of Florida in gainsville to see their exotic vet. Joshes frog said they have never seen it and to go to and exotic vet.
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I purchased the plants from a local nursery but I went through an extensive sterilization process. They were also not directly put in the cage for a while I had them in a separate area for a while to monitor them before adding them to the cage after sterilizing them.
Update uf will not see them tell June, they said I could bring them to the emergency clinic once the frogs show symptoms of dyeing so their advice was to not drive down tell the frog was dyeing. No vet it mu city will see them. So I’m not happy with this and I’m not sure where to go from here. However the frog is still hoping around seems happy I created a quarantine cage and took some more pictures.
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The pics are from when I transferred her in a deli cup to the quarantine cage. I try to not move them often but this was an emergency and I didn’t want to take too many flash pics but I wanted to get good pictures of the bumps. The duct tape has been removed and I’m ordering a new cage and I’m going to set up much better ventilation. Thank you for all the responses and help considering the vets have been of no assistance I appreciate all the comments and advice. For now I will monitor her each day and take her to the emergency vet as soon as she starts changing her behavior.
They get along great they are two females and there is never any food scarcity and there’s three huts then there’s this fake tree thing they can hide in there is also a bunch of cork bark they like to go in and there’s tons of plant coverage.
Theses are some pics of the other frog I believe she is a girl as well however Iv always been kinda on the fence but it’s been three years and no babies so I’m assuming they are two girls. Poison has always been bigger than Pluto, I think they just came from different clutches where one had the genetics to be bigger. Joshes frogs now seems them in two sizes and I got them before they made that distinction.
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