Chytrid fungus virus in frogs

At its Rescue and Immediate Care training course last Sunday at Johns River Hall a trainee alerted FAWNA presenters to a Green Tree Frog that was not looking well. 

On examination the frog was displaying the classical signs of Chytrid fungus virus with sloughed skin, malnourished state and red tinges to its underbelly and legs. 

Euthanasia is the only option for sufferers of this highly contagious virus. 

This is a reminder that frogs should only be handled by people wearing gloves or some protection between the human hand and the frog, for protection of both species. 

“This was a hard lesson to new trainees in wildlife rescue and care”.

Meredith Ryan, FAWNA President

An article on the ABC news website https://www.abc.net.au/news/2021-07-29/dead-shrivelled-frogs-turning-up-eastern-australia-help-find-why/100331042 explains more.

if you see a SICK, Injured or orphaned animal

If you find wildlife in distress, please contact the FAWNA rescue line number on 65814141.

For more information on what to do please see the Emergency first aid page.

Thinking of Joining FAWNA?

If you feel that you would like to join the FAWNA organisation and become Authorised to rescue and or care for wildlife there are three member intakes each year – in February, June and October when Induction Training Courses are held. 

More information can be found on our JOIN US page.

Need to contact us for a rescue?

FAWNA can’t take requests for wildlife rescues via the website or Facebook as they aren’t attended to all the time.

If you need to get assistance for a sick, injured or orphaned animal please call our rescue line on 02 6581 4141.

Contact Details

Postal Address: PO Box 218, Wauchope NSW 2446
24 Hour Rescue hotline: 02 6581 4141
Email: fawna.nsw.inc@gmail.com

FAWNA is a member of the NSW Wildlife Council, the peak body representing Wildlife carers in NSW.

FAWNA acknowledges Sea Acres National Park and Rainforest Centre’s support in its work with injured and orphaned fauna.

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