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    I don't know if I'm being paranoid, but seeing as how my other red eyed tree frog up and died on me, I'm worried about the other one. I came home today, and he looks a bit dry maybe, like his skin is a bit wrinkled, and there seems to be a dark patch on his skin. I know it looks like a shadow, but I'm pretty sure it's not. It's kind of like a purple splotch. Has anyone seen this before and would they know what to do?Name:  photo.jpg
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    Default Re: HELP! Dark patch on red eyed tree frog!!

    Tree frogs will darken to match the light gradient of a background... what was the light like in the room when you got home? I don't know much about specific conditions when it comes to tree frogs, but I'd start by double checking the temp and humidity of the enclosure. Hope he's ok!

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    Quote Originally Posted by ackeon View Post
    I don't know if I'm being paranoid, but seeing as how my other red eyed tree frog up and died on me, I'm worried about the other one. I came home today, and he looks a bit dry maybe, like his skin is a bit wrinkled, and there seems to be a dark patch on his skin. I know it looks like a shadow, but I'm pretty sure it's not. It's kind of like a purple splotch. Has anyone seen this before and would they know what to do?Name:  photo.jpg
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    ackeon
    Don't worry ! Your frog is fine.
    If you look very carefully and follow the shadow on the leaf your frog is sleeping on ...you will see that it lines up with the dark area that you are concerned about. This is not a shadow on your frog; it is the way in which exposure to light changes the frog's sikn color.

    It's nothing to worry about.

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    Default HELP! Dark patch on red eyed tree frog!!

    Yep...agreed 100%. The darker color is just his skin changing color from the amount of light shined upon him. See how his head is lighter? It is because light is shining on it. His back half is shadowed and he is therefore matching the shades of light hitting various parts of his body.

    It is pretty cool actually. If he were to be laying under a lattice with light shining from above, his skin would have a lattice discoloration. Their skin changes as camouflage on its own. Mine have had various stripes and shadows due to where they are positioned under lights and shadows. Their colors will re-even out once the shadow or light moves or the frog moves . He looks fine and quite cozy .
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    If it seems more dry than usual up the humidity. make sure it has a nice moist environment. tree frogs require a good amount of moister in its habitat. It may not be sick which i do agree with the other posts but lack of proper humidity will kill it.

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    Really?? Oh wow, I didn't know they could do that. I knew they changed colour but never so specifically! Thank you!

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    Default HELP! Dark patch on red eyed tree frog!!

    This has nothing to do with the color, but, is this one eating for you?
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    In regards to demon amphib,
    Your retf enclose humidity should be between 70 and 80%. They can dehydrate quickly, which can cause electrolyte imbalance, illness, lack of eating, and death. That is why it has been mentioned, as noted in above post.
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    Default Re: HELP! Dark patch on red eyed tree frog!!

    Quote Originally Posted by demon amphibians View Post
    If it seems more dry than usual up the humidity. make sure it has a nice moist environment. tree frogs require a good amount of moister in its habitat. It may not be sick which i do agree with the other posts but lack of proper humidity will kill it.
    as will too much, retf's are very temperamental as far as humidity goes. as stated above, ideal range is 70-80%
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    Also true....too high may lead to fungal infections and other problems.
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    Yikes. My hygrometer is arriving by mail next week. I am erring on the side of more humidity, my house is pretty dry. I can't really tell if he's eating. He never touches anything in a bowl, and I am releasing some into the cage too, but I can't really tell...maybe they are hiding in the morning, or maybe he ate some? When I coat the crickets in calcium and put them in the bowl, they stop moving around so they must not be appetizing

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    Default HELP! Dark patch on red eyed tree frog!!

    Just do a light coating/dusting. Has he moved from the spot he is in?

    You can pick up a cheap hygrometer at Petco or Petsmart for now. I think Walmart even has them over in the hardware section with the outdoor thermometers. Anything is better than nothing.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Heatheranne View Post
    Just do a light coating/dusting. Has he moved from the spot he is in?

    You can pick up a cheap hygrometer at Petco or Petsmart for now. I think Walmart even has them over in the hardware section with the outdoor thermometers. Anything is better than nothing.

    As of today, he did move, He's now asleep, holding onto a leaf, with his butt in the water dish and earlier in the morning I saw him wandering around the bottom of the enclosure. He didn't eat anything in the dish, and I don't know about the other ones in the enclosure. I guess it's good that he's soaking at least? Do you ever run into the problem that the frogs are on a different time schedule? I turn the lights out at 7:30pm, and then on again at 7:30am, but lately, they are still really active at around 7:30am when I come down in the morning, and since I'm worried that they won't eat if I put them to bed when they're not ready, I've been leaving the light off till 9am. They were in a pet store before that closed at 8pm and opened at 11am, so maybe they're jet lagged?

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