Reptile & Amphibian Center

Herpes Causing Cancer in Amphibians



Unfortunately, there is no known treatment for this viral disease. Therefore, your veterinarian will usually suggest euthanasia for the amphibian, as to not allow the spread of the disease.


Living and Management


Since transmission of the disease is thought to occur when adults occupy breeding ponds, care should be taken during spring to avoid housing adults and juveniles in the same ponds. Follow proper management strategies, as outlined by your veterinarian.




Because Lucke’s tumor becomes apparent only in mature amphibians, it is nearly impossible to prevent the spread of the disease in breeding ponds. As soon as any adult is diagnosed with renal adenocarcinoma, it should be isolated to prevent further spread of the disease.