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Offbeat Leg amputation offers five-legged green tree frog the chance to thrive

17:40  13 february  2020
17:40  13 february  2020 Source:   abc.net.au

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Frog Safe's Deborah Pergolotti has seen a lot of strange things in her 21 years as a frog carer, but until this week she had never seen a five-legged frog.

"[It is growing] right out of the front of the chest, it is like a Picasso painting, in miniature," Ms Pergolotti said.

"I have seen this in cane toads from south-east Queensland, but this is the first frog that has come in with this condition."

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a green frog: The amphibian's extra limb was amputated to give it the best chance to thrive. (Supplied: Frog Safe)© Provided by ABC NEWS The amphibian's extra limb was amputated to give it the best chance to thrive. (Supplied: Frog Safe) The amphibian was found in a Mackay backyard and was transported to a vet in Cairns to have the limb amputated.

The frog's additional limb was functional but due to its location it was thought the limb was hindering the amphibian's activities.

"Which is why we are pursuing the surgery option," Ms Pergolotti said.

"It has just got this third arm sticking out, it doesn't fold up properly like the other limbs do, so it is probably in the way of trying to catch enough food."

The common green tree frog is listed as Least Concern in the Queensland list of threatened species, however Ms Pergolotti said their numbers have been in decline for more than two decades, which is why they decided to proceed with the amputation.

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Green tree frog is a common name for several different tree frog species: American green tree frog (Hyla cinerea), a frog in the family Hylidae found in the southern United States. Australian green tree frog (Litoria caerulea), a frog in the family Hylidae native to Australia and New Guinea.

"Every one of those saved frogs is a frog that might breed and continue the species," she said.

Frog leg amputations are not uncommon following injury, however Ms Pergolotti said the anaesthetic can take a toll on such a small animal.

The frog's surgery was completed yesterday and it is being transported back to Frog Safe in Mission Beach where it will recover for two to three weeks before return to Mackay for release into the wild.

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