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 Need to feed injured Cuban tree frog

Need advice to feed an injured Cuban tree frog: injured by pet bearded dragon bite above mouth near nostril. He can not open his jaw very easily. It has been 1 week since the injury. He is not interested in live crickets - hides under the water in water bowl. Should I try to force feed him? Lift his mouth down and put a small cricket in? What should I do?



01/29/12  09:32pm

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 Need to feed injured Cuban tree frog

Well, to begin with I suggest that you move the Cuban treefrog to separate quarters such as a 20 gallon high tank, put in a damp sandy soil substrate with some tropical plants good for climbing like philodendron, etc., and a water bowl for soaking, and keep the lighting (this means NO heat lamp, maybe just a low-wattage fluorescent lamp for display purposes and to benefit the plants.)

See if there is any improvement in its appetite after a few days; if not, frogs can be force fed by holding the snout in place with your left thumb while very gently applying some pressure with your right hand, downward on the chin until the lower jaw relaxes, quickly putting in a prekilled cricket and then setting the frog down and letting him swallow it.

First try Suggestion 1 please, then only try force-feeding if absolutely necessary, as a temporary measure until the frog’s appetite returns... and please make sure you are keeping him in the correct habitat; a Cuban treefrog, although tropical, requires a damper and somewhat cooler environment than does a bearded dragon (which is basically a desert species).



01/30/12  03:38pm

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  Message To: Harprunner   In reference to Message Id: 2253247


 Need to feed injured Cuban tree frog

Well, to begin with I suggest that you move the Cuban treefrog to separate quarters such as a 20 gallon high tank, put in a damp sandy soil substrate with some tropical plants good for climbing like philodendron, etc., and a water bowl for soaking, and keep the lighting subdued, especially while it is recuperating (this means NO heat lamp, maybe just a low-wattage fluorescent lamp for display purposes and to benefit the plants.)

See if there is any improvement in its appetite after a few days; if not, frogs can be force fed by holding the snout in place with your left thumb while very gently applying some pressure with your right hand, downward on the chin until the lower jaw relaxes, quickly putting in a prekilled cricket and then setting the frog down and letting him swallow it.

First try Suggestion 1 please, then only try force-feeding if absolutely necessary, as a temporary measure until the frog’s appetite returns... and please make sure you are keeping him in the correct habitat; a Cuban treefrog, although tropical, requires a damper and somewhat cooler environment than does a bearded dragon (which is basically a desert species).



01/30/12  03:41pm


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