Why is my African dwarf frog so fat?

Your African dwarf frog is fat because:

  • You’ve been overfeeding it,
  • It’s carrying eggs, or
  • It’s bloated

You’ll know you’ve been overfeeding your frog if it’s still active and behaving normally, and its weight is equally distributed throughout its body. Just slightly reduce its food intake and it should be fine.

If your frog’s belly looks rounded and lumpy, that means your frog is ready to lay eggs.

However, if its belly is smooth and your frog seems sluggish or is behaving oddly, your frog is probably bloated. Bloating is very dangerous for frogs. It can lead to organ failure and death within a few days or weeks. If you suspect your frog might be bloated, contact a herp vet immediately.