Hygiene Protocol for the Control of Disease in Frogs

This protocol is intended for use by all researchers, wildlife consultants, fauna surveyors and students undertaking frog field-work.

15 April 2008
Department of Environment and Climate Change (NSW)
Publication, Guideline
  • ISBN 0-73136-3728
  • ID DECC20080199
  • File PDF 660KB
  • Pages 20
  • Name frogs-hygiene-protocol-disease-control.pdf

In addition, the protocol should be read by Office of Environment and Heritage (OEH) personnel, frog keepers, wildlife rescue and carer organisations, herpetological/frog interest groups/societies, fauna park/zoo operators/workers and other individuals who regularly deal with or are likely to encounter frogs.

This protocol outlines measures to:

  • Prevent or reduce disease causing pathogens being transferred within and between wild populations of frogs
  • Ensure captive frogs are not infected prior to release
  • Deal safely with unintentionally transported frogs
  • Assist with the proper identification and management of sick and dead frogs in the wild.

This protocol outlines the expectations of the OEH regarding precautionary procedures to be employed when working with frog populations. The intention is to promote implementation of hygiene procedures by all individuals working with frogs.

New licences and licence renewals will be conditional upon incorporation of the protocol.

The OEH recognises that some variation from the protocol may be appropriate for particular research and frog handling activities. Such variation proposals should accompany any licence application or renewal to the OEH.