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    Default worms in frog pool

    hello all!

    i wanted to post and ask around if anyone had seen something like this before. my pacman frog spent two days in his soaking pool (i removed him tonight in case he had gotten stuck) and found about three dozen worm-like creatures squirming in the soaking pool. my frog has had no contact with any outside frogs and all insects fed have been captive-bred. he has been eating well but i havent found poop in about a week. humidity and heat are consistent. could these be internal parasites, or maybe just insect larvae from mealworms left in the enclosure?

    thanks for your help!

    1. Size of enclosure - 10 gal

    2. # of inhabitants - no other inhabitants
    3. Humidity - 70-85%
    4. Temperature - 75-80 degrees
    5. Water - purified bottled water, automatic mister and soaking pool
    6. Materials - eco earth loose coconut fiber
    7. Enclosure set up - one artificial plant, empty plant pot
    8. Main food source - crickets
    9. Vitamins and calcium? (how often) - refuses to eat insects with vitamins
    10. Lighting - natural window light, red led
    11. What is being used to maintain the temperature of the enclosure - side heating pad, heat lamp
    12. When is the last time he/she ate - 3 days ago; crickets
    13. Have you found poop lately - no
    14. A pic would be helpful including frog and enclosure (any including cell phone pic is fine)
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    15. Describe frog's symptoms and/or recent physical changes; to include it's ventral/belly area. - none noticed
    16. How old is the frog - almost 1 year
    17. How long have you owned him/her - 10 months
    18. Is the frog wild caught or captive bred - captive bred
    19. Frog food- 3x a week; crickets, mealworms, dubai roaches
    20. How often the frog is handled - only to clean tank; 1x month
    21. Is the enclosure kept in a high or low traffic area - low
    22. Describe enclosure maintenance (water changes, cleaning, etc) - full clean 1x month, water changed whenever frog uses it

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    Default Re: worms in frog pool

    Could be nematodes which will require you to deworm your frog. Best to have a vet confirm and supply you with the necessary medication.

    Be aware that they could also be Fungus gnat maggots. They are attracted to moist conditions and will lay eggs in the substrate or on a soiled water dish. They are quite small and worm-like in appearance. Best take the sample to a vet in order to confirm because we cannot do that from this image.

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