PhilNix's picture

Frog/toad? Parasites?

Observed: 23rd March 2011 By: PhilNix

very concerned as I noticed a large number of frogs/toads with unusual growths in my local lake. What are they? are they harmful? does it need reporting?

Species interactions

No interactions present.


Matt Smith's picture


Certainly something wrong with toad - I have passed on the observation link to the team at the Zoological Society of London who are researching amphibian disease.

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anonymous spotter's picture

I wondered of this is -

suffering from chytridomycosis? At first I though it was all debris, and Deadpoet suggests, but the more I look the more I think that this is not the complete answer.

Deadpoet's picture


...can only be diagnosed on microscopy/histopathology of the skin- affected animals look pretty much normal. If these brown objects were lesions (which I don't think they are- see obs notes above) it would be unlike any amphibian disease I know of, especially affecting both frogs and toads. No indication from the observer that the animals were behaving abnormally or appeared to be 'ill'.

bobthebirder's picture

seedy toad

I agree with deadpoet's original comment that these are just seeds stuck to the toad's skin.

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