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    Lucy has been soaking for 3 days straight, normally its not a concern but she usually does not soak, she usually takes a quick dip (in and out). Lucy has always been healthy and uncharacteristically (for a Tom Frog that is) very friendly and doesn't mind being held and she still doesn't, she seems fine but she's just spending more time in her water bowl than normal.

    She was burrowing but once I got her humidity correct she stopped.

    Should I be concerned?


    1. tank size - 20 gallon L

    2. inhabitants - one female tomato frog

    3. water source - medium water bowl, zilla water conditioner

    4. water temp, - not sure

    5. chemistry - not sure

    6. filter - none

    7. substrate - eco earth

    8. terrarium plants/decor - wooden Hide, 2 fake plastic plants

    9. staple food - crickets (med- large)

    10. Calcium - dusted w/Zoo Med Repti Calcium with D3 once a week

    11. lighting, - White Flourescent tube and Red Infared Heat Buld (75w)

    12. eaten - 3 days ago

    13. Poop? - in substrate 3 days ago

    14. Pics - attached

    15. age - approximatley one year old

    16. ownership - 8 months

    17. high or low traffic? - medium

    18. tank matinence - misting daily, usually at bedtime, changing water dish every other day or when needed

    19. Temp- 80 Deg

    20. Humidity- 70%

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    Default Re: "Lucy" My Tomato Frog Has been soaking for 3 days

    It's fine for a frog to soak for days at a time but you should be changing the water regularly.

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    Jack, the reason I don't is, if she hasn't been in it I don't change it,no need right? AND I feel bad for disturbing her while she's in her water soaking...LOL

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    It's better to interrupt her soaking and change her water than her straying in for three days and toxing out.

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    It's better to interrupt her soaking and change her water than her straying in for three days and toxin gout.
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    Yeah, they tend to pee and excrete toxins as they soak. In the wild, this is filtered through soil or washed away by moving water. Not the case here and frogs are generally too dumb to realize they're soaking in pee :P Thats our job to figure out

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    Yeah, they tend to pee and excrete toxins as they soak. In the wild, this is filtered through soil or washed away by moving water. Not the case here and frogs are generally too dumb to realize they're soaking in pee :P Thats our job to figure out
    And honestly I did know that, I hate disturbing them but I took care of business and she went right back to her soak.....I think she even smiled at me.

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    Lol thats ok beautiful frog though!

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    Lol thats ok beautiful frog though!
    Thanks for your help and input, I love Lucy, I swear she smiles at me. : )

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    It looks like my Grey Tree Frog smiles at my sometimes too, haha!

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    Hi Gary! Yes, do change the water daily even if frog is in bath. If frog were to pee in there; it would be literally soaking in an ammonia bath. Your cage parameters look good; but would recommend bring temperature down to around 75F. Good luck !
    Remember to take care of the enclosure and it will take care of your frog !​

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    Hi Gary! Yes, do change the water daily even if frog is in bath. If frog were to pee in there; it would be literally soaking in an ammonia bath. Your cage parameters look good; but would recommend bring temperature down to around 75F. Good luck !
    Thanks Carlos

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