Feeding a pet frog isn’t the same as feeding a cat and a dog. There are several things to consider when feeding a frog; specific diet, scheduling, and more. And if you are new to this, you’ve come to the right place to understand frogs as pets better.
Frogs do not eat dead bugs. And if you try to feed them with it, they will starve themselves before eating one. So, how do you feed your pet frogs?
While it is challenging to find the best frogs to keep as pets, it is also tricky to feed a frog. And if you are new to this, here are a few tips on how to feed a pet frog.
Tip #1: Know the diet difference between a baby frog and an adult frog
The diet of a baby frog and an adult frog is different. So, you can’t just feed them with anything.
To start with, tadpoles are herbivores. If you are considering getting a few tadpoles from a specific frog species, you need to understand that tadpoles only eat algae.
- Baby frogs
Frogs, as they grow, they change their food and prey preferences.
Baby frogs will eat small insects such as ants, mosquitoes, redworms, gnats, fruit flies, and other small prey. And since baby frogs have a very high metabolism – digests foods quickly – you need to feed them multiple times a day.
Baby frogs need constant feeding because it helps them to grow and survive.
- Adult frogs
Adult frogs are carnivorous. They eat live bugs. These bugs include crickets, mealworms, grasshoppers, brine shrimp, locusts, pinky mice, and fuzzy mice. Additionally, when feeding adult frogs the prey must not be larger than the width between their eyes. Moreover, never feed your frog with wild-caught insects or fruits; these can be harmful to them.
Tip #2: Know when to feed them
Yes; feeding pet frogs have schedules too.
Baby frogs cannot eat a similar diet to an adult. Since they are small, they must be fed with smaller prey. And when it comes to feeding them, it should be twice a day with 5 to 10 insects per feeding.
Adult frogs, on the other hand, must be fed every 2 to 3 days. However, it also depends on their size. The smaller the adult frog, the more often they need to be fed: the bigger the frog, the fewer times they need to be fed. However, if you offer 5 insects to the adult frog and was able to consume them before 10 minutes, it is safe to offer prey.
Additionally, when feeding an adult frog, you need to take note of the prey’s size. If you are feeding bigger insects or mice to a large-sized adult frog, they may need to eat another food within 2 to 3 days.
Tip #3: Know what frogs cannot eat
Frogs are only to be fed with the food of their specific diet. You cannot let them eat human food because it can be very harmful to a frog. Remember, human foods contain spices and preservatives that can hurt a frog.
Here is a list of foods that you should never feed your frog:
- Insects or prey larger than the distance between the frog’s eyes
- Human food
- Dog or cat food
- Wild-caught bugs
Frogs are carnivorous. So, do not feed them with anything. Also, make sure that the food is not big for them. Additionally, it is ideal to feed them with live insects or preys. Lastly, never hold and feed them; frogs are display pets and not for cuddling.