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Q: Fire Bellied Toad with swollen throat/tongue?!
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I've been out of town the past few days and when I came home this afternoon, I noticed that my female fire bellied toad had an extremely swollen throat sack. It's sagging to the point where it touches the gound. She's usually quite plump and eats well, but where I've been away the past few days, I haven't noticed if she's been eating or behaving abnormally. Also, this is important, I took her out to get a clear picture of her throat, and once I put her back in the tank, her tongue was hanging out! At first I had no idea what it was, but then she began to bat at it with her front feet, trying to get it back in. She eventually succeded.This made me wonder if maybe her TONGUE is the problem, not her throat. It hasn't happened again since and she's breathing normal. Any thoughts on what it could be? What should I do! I've never dealt with anything like this before. I`ve attached two photos. Help!

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Topics: Mouth
Tags: Firebellytoad, Swollen
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Member Comment 9/2/2011 2:46:34 PM


I didn't see any pics, and amphibians aren't my forte, however, it sounds like there is maybe something that has either scratched her throat or she has something stuck in her throat. Just to give a better idea of the toad's condition, about how old is she, what kind of substrate is she being kept on, and what do you feed her.

Also, is her throat still swollen? 

Best of luck!

Author Comment 9/2/2011 3:42:00 PM

She's better already! I think it may have been because of a daddy long legs! Here, that's what we call those things with a stick body, six legs and wings. It didn't have a stinger and wasn't very big but she just probably wasn't used to it. I separated her from the other toads when I fed them last night and now the swelling is completely gone! :) Thanks for your answer though!
Member Comment 9/2/2011 5:36:43 PM


Glad to hear it! Always worrisome when one of the critters is under the weather...

Member Comment 9/3/2011 5:40:06 PM


oh i think you are talking about craneflies. im gad shes doing better!

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