Green Tree Frog Leg Amputation



This story may be somewhat gross for some people, but it was done with good intentions.  Feel free to tell me if this was the right thing to do or not.

I went out to the pond to clear out the leaves and make sure the hoses were not freezing.  When I opened the top of the waterfall enclosure I noticed that a Green Tree Frog was stuck to the side of the enclosure because his leg got caught in the lid.  Clearly the leg had died, and Leecy thought the Frog was probably dead as well.

If you’ve been reading my blog for any length of time you know I have a habit of trying to rescue almost anything, this Frog would be no different.

The Frog was clearly freezing since the temperature was below freezing and it was probably getting splashed from the cold water flowing through the waterfall.

Leecy wanted to give up on the Frog, but not me.  I brought the Frog inside where it was warm.  I placed it in one of our Butterfly enclosures just to see if it would start moving and surprisingly it did.

The problem was the leg.  It was just hanging there.  The leg was broken.  The Frog couldn’t tuck the leg under so it could jump.

Green Tree Frog With Damaged Leg

Green Tree Frog With Damaged Leg

I had Leecy grab the styptic powder and a pair of scissors.  She amputated the damaged part of the leg.  The Frog didn’t even flinch nor did it bleed.

Green Tree Frog Leg Being Amputated

Green Tree Frog Leg Being Amputated

Here’s a closeup picture of the amputated leg.

Green Tree Frog Leg

Green Tree Frog Leg

Here’s a picture of the Frog post leg amputation.  I’m still not sure the rest of the leg isn’t damaged, but the Frog could jump (it took us a while to catch him right after this picture).  I’ll keep it inside for the night, then try and release it tomorrow if I can find some semi-warm place for him to rest.

Green Tree Frog Post Amputation

Green Tree Frog Post Amputation

So did I do the right thing, or was this cruel?

Pat - Hi Larry,
You couldn’t do any more damage than what had already happened to his leg, so if the frog survives and thrives and jumps away and ends up living another day, great! He was probably going to die anyway if you didn’t rescue it. (I can’t believe my cousin is doing this stuff…she was such a girly girl growing up, wearing dresses all the time, I had no idea she was capable of stripping snake skin and doing frog leg amputations…must be the medical stuff she sees every day…it makes her immune). :)
PatFebruary 4, 2011 – 1:18 pm

isaac - Infection and necrosis will likely do it in.February 4, 2011 – 8:55 pm

Gabby - I think this was a great thing for you to do. I have caught many baby frogs that have only a part of a back leg and they live normal lives. Even if the frog dies later on, it was great for you to try and save it of only for one more day.March 14, 2011 – 9:07 pm

texdr - Thanks Gabby. We did try, but unfortunately the frog did die the next day.March 14, 2011 – 9:11 pm

Boon - Though the leg shoul dhave been amputated higher, You really did cause no harm but amputating where you did… Suggesting would be to use a circular saw if you attempt any of this in the future as scissor work on a pinch whcih can cause healthy bone further us to crack and fracture under pressure… Most likely the frog was not dead intially… Frogs when under stress can appear dead as their bodies will release certain enzymes which will cause their muscles to stiffen, and they can old this shape for quite awhile… If he was truly dead, it was most likely from the stress he endured and not specifically his leg.

Not to be mean, but you should really consult an expert next time before you take action. there are plenty of dendro boards and local stores in your area any of them could have told you basic knowledge which appears to be lacked.August 26, 2011 – 9:54 am

texdr - Thanks. I understand your pointAugust 26, 2011 – 10:07 am

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