Caring for a toad with a broken and infected arm? Answered
Last weekend I found a toad with his arm trapped in a mousetrap. I don't know exactly how long he was there, but I discovered him when I heard this shuffling sound from the back of my garage and heard flies buzzing. Upon investigating, I found poor Toady. The flies had already laid eggs on his wound. He was trying to hop away attached to the trap.
His arm is clearly broken. He didn't have significant blood loss, but when I first opened the trap his tiny bones were visible at the injury site.
I put Toady in a small bucket lined with moss and vegetation, along with adding a little bit of water, and covered the bucket with a dishtowel. I used cotton swabs dipped in saline to clean the wound and applied antibiotic ointment (Neosporin without painkiller). I also tied a thread slightly above the injury site to act as a tourniquet and prevent further infection, and possibly allow for his limb to naturally come off.
Below the injury site is swollen, discolored and infected, growing a fuzzy fungus. I've been checking on Toady every other day (I wasn't wanting to stress him out too much with frequent visits), cleaning his wound and infection and applying antibiotic ointment. His arm is clearly dead weight and can't be salvaged.
I've put various bugs, slugs/snails and worms in there with him but I haven't seen him eat. I put a june bug in there, and the june bug ended up trying to climb onto him but Toady seemed to try and squash the bug with his chest and then hopped over the bug to the other side. Maybe the beetle is too big for him. I haven't checked to see if the other goodies I gave him are just hiding under the moss.
He doesn't appear to be losing or gaining weight. He gets stressed whenever I visit, breathing rapidly and either trying to make himself look larger or do the opposite and huddle down, despite how careful and gentle I try and be around him.
I'm worried about predators and infection if I were to release him now. What should I do/not do? I think I'll try Craigslist here to see if there happens to be an experienced amphibian owner with the proper supplies to care for him. I doubt any vet here would be able to do anything, and I don't have the money to do so.
Is this toad a male? I thought he was based on his size since he's on the small size, but perhaps it's a youngster? He doesn't make any noises with me, but I'm not sure if it was him chirping in his bucket or a nearby toad. I know there's several right in the immediate vicinity.