Parasites in Amphibians

Let's discuss about parasites in amphibians. Parasites such as roundworms can cause serious problems for amphibians. In some cases they can become fatal. Parasites can spread and infect multiple amphibians. This article will focus amphibians with roundworms.

Roundworms are a type of parasite that is similar-looking to a worm. In amphibians they usually infect the skin. Parasites can be quite common in wild amphibians, but they can also be introduced to captive amphibians. Parasites can be transmitted by other amphibians, objects, such as plants, as well as food and water.

Symptoms of roundworms in amphibians include the following: lethargy, loss of appetite and skin symptoms such as sores, rough, pitted or sloughing skin. Sometimes infected skin may appear to be gray.

Some of these symptoms are similar to the signs of other illnesses and infections that amphibians can get. If you want to be sure and get the proper treatment, contacting a veterinarian is probably your best choice.

The parasites may leave an amphibian with its infected skin, however you should still seek treatment. Medication can kill parasites and antibiotics can also help make sure your amphibian doesn't have any secondary infections as a result of roundworms.

If you have multiple frogs or other amphibians living together, separate infected ones from healthy ones that appear to not have any parasites. Infected pets may have to remain separated for quite some time to ensure they are completely parasite and infection free.

Roundworms may not be the worst infection an amphibian can get, but you never want to take that chance with your pet's life. To prevent future parasitic infections in your amphibian, regularly clean it's enclosure and water. Also, make sure it has a well-balanced diet and be aware that parasites can be introduced through infected food. Properly store food and only get high-quality food from reputable pet stores.

The information provided on this site is for informational purposes only and is not intended as a substitute for advice from your veterinarian or other health care professional. You should not use the information on this site for diagnosis or treatment of any health problem or for prescription of any medication or other treatment.


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