Gray Treefrog #19-0004

Admitted
January 2, 2019
Released
May 17, 2019
Rescue Location
Augusta County, Virginia
Cause of Admission/Condition
Found in home, too cold to release
Status
Former Patient
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On January 2, Gray Treefrog #19-0004 was admitted to the Center – an unusual patient for this time of year.

In December, homeowners in Augusta County were moving potted plants indoors and shortly after, they observed a frog hopping around their house. Treefrogs in Virginia enter brumation – a type of hibernation specific to amphibians and reptiles. The frog’s brumation was unintentionally interrupted, likely by being brought into the warm house. Eventually, the homeowners were able to capture the frog and bring it to the Center for assessment and care.

The frog appeared healthy during the physical exam, weighing only 7.9 grams; the frog has a strong appetite and ate the crickets offered at the evening feeding.

Because they typically brumate, reptiles and amphibians cannot be released in the winter; state regulations indicate that amphibian patients cannot be released before May 1, meaning frog #19-0004 will remain at the Center through the winter.

The Center does not have the facilities to replicate conditions for brumation in reptile and amphibian patients; therefore, the frog will remain active during the winter and the staff will monitor its behavior and keep it well-fed until release in the spring.

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Patient Updates

After spending more than four months at the Center this winter, Gray Treefrog #19-0004 was released on May 17 by its initial rescuer.

Gray Treefrog #19-0004 has been doing well during the last two months; the veterinary staff performs weekly checks on the frog which include weighing and checking hydration. The frog‘s weight is down slightly from previous weeks [to 11.2 g], but it’s still in good body condition. Weekly checks will continue into early May, when the frog can be prepared for release.

Gray Treefrog #19-0004 has been doing well at the Center this month; the frog is readily eating a diet of crickets and mealworms and has gained 3.48 grams since admission. The rehabilitation staff checks on the frog every day to ensure the frog has a clean enclosure and enough food. The veterinary team does a full health check every Thursday, just to ensure the frog remains healthy while it overwinters at the Center.