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Awareness of Chytrid and Ranavirus - Why we're a disease free workplace!

  • Common diseases include Chytrid and Ranavirus
  • Affects both wild and captive breed animals
  • Test all incoming frogs for disease
  • Quarantine for 3 months
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Here at Josh's Frogs we don't leave anything to chance.  When we decide to seek out new animals for breeding we always do our research. It's always important to ensure you are purchasing from a knowledgeable source and you are getting healthy, well cared for animals. Even with all this thought and research, any animals we receive from another facility goes through a 3 month quarantine and is tested for both Ranavirus and Chytrid Fungus.


What is Chytrid and Ranavirus?

Chytrid - The chytrid we're concerned about is a specific fungus that affects amphibians. First discovered in 1999, Chytrid attacks the frog's skin, causing it to become thicker, and eventually causes the heart to cease function. Widespread across the globe, chytrid may have been spread from Africa via clawed frogs, once used for pregnancy tests. These frogs can carry the disease and not show symptoms. Chytrid has decimated native populations of amphibians. It's our duty as amphibian keepers to ensure all frogs produced by Josh's Frogs are free of this terrible disease.
Ranavirus - Ranavirus is a virus that can quickly result in the death of frogs, as well as other animals. Responsible for mass amphibian deaths worldwide, Ranavirus causes internal damage and secondary bacterial infections that quickly becomes fatal for animals. It's a disease to be taken seriously!

Captive Breed Amphibians and Disease

Though Ranavirus and Chytrid Fungus are both mainly associated with wild caught frogs, it is important to remember that captive bred animals can just as easily contract these diseases.  All it takes is one simple contamination mistake to infect large batches of frogs.  Whether it is by neglect or a simple mistake, always bear in mind that even well meaning breeders could have frogs that were exposed to these diseases.  In most cases the Ranavirus and Chytrid Fungus can lay dormant in the skin of the frog.  But stress can lower the immune system of the frog cause the Ranavirus and Chytrid will make their move.  It is our mission to ensure that Josh's Frogs never spreads these devastating diseases to any of our customers.
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How to Prevent Disease

To achieve this mission Josh's Frogs has a rigorous Quarantine process.  Frogs entering our facility are placed into quarantine immediately. The animals then spend three months under observation and are tested for Ranavirus and Chytrid Fungus. Our quarantine room is off limits to anyone but the very few people that are trained in the task of cleaning and feeding the quarantine animals.  Even the task of taking out the trash has been modified to reduce the possibility of transmission of any disease that may enter that room.
Once their three month quarantine period is over and tests return negative for Ranavirus and Chytrid, they will be brought into the general population where they will be raised until they are able to be bred.

Do the responsible thing – make sure your pet frogs are free of Chytrid and Ranavirus. Buy with confidence from Josh's Frogs. CLICK HERE to check out the 100% captive bred by us chytrid and ranavirus free frogs we have available!