If you're in the market for an interesting exotic pet, there is not much that can beat a frog. These creatures are unique in many ways and taking care of them can be extremely rewarding. But if you are new to being a frog owner, you may be wondering what do pet frogs eat?
Frogs are carnivorous animals meaning that they eat meat so it is important to provide a selection of insects that mimic the frogs diet in the wild. Most commonly, owners will offer locusts and crickets, but there are other things you can use. It is important to supplement these insects to ensure that frog gets all the vitamins it needs to survive.
In this article, we will be exploring everything you need to know to make sure that your frog has a healthy diet and a happy life. We'll also look at what not to feed your frog and the risks of offering unsafe foods.
Depending on the species, frogs may eat a variety of animals. For example, land-dwelling frogs may eat several insects including crickets, spiders, butterflies, and even worms. If you have an aquatic species, then in the wild, these animals may also eat various invertebrates that live in the water.
If you own a much larger species of frog, such as a pac-man frog, then these animals will need to be given larger prey. For the most part, this will consist of small mammals, which can be disturbing for some people.
However, since this is important for the frogs health, owners should make sure that they offer the right kind of food or settle on a smaller species.
Frogs are opportunists meaning that they will eat anything that they can get their little froggy hands on. They're not at all fussy and this makes feeding them relatively easy. However, since they are carnivores, their diet should be meat-based.
When feeding you frog, you should always use a calcium or vitamin powder on the prey. It is important to keep in mind that when offering live prey, the insects will groom themselves, removing the powder. For this reason, we would always recommend offering just the right amount of food in one sitting.
Since the diet of a frog is so varied, it is important to discuss the most common types of food. Let's take a look.
Frogs are carnivores and therefore do not require fruits or vegetables. While these probably won't cause any harm to your pet, they likely won't show any interest in them. There are, however, foods that should be completely avoided for your frogs well being.
Feeding a frog is vastly different to feeding more common domestic animals like dogs, hamsters, or rabbits. While these animals may eat several times a day, a frog can go much longer between meals.
This is common in reptiles and amphibians but the breed of your frog and its age will determine the frequency of its meals.
It could be easy to assume that a frog doesn't need water; how often do you see a frog drinking in the wild? But, despite this belief, your pet frog does need a constant supply of water.
Frogs use a process called osmosis to absorb water through the skin which is vastly different to the way that humans and other animals drink. This means that they need to be able to get their bellies into the water so there should be room for them to do this.
Alternatively, you could mist the frog regularly but this method can be difficult since the frog doesn't have control over its water intake.
Any water that is offered to the frog should be treated with de-chlorination tablets which can be purchased from aquatic supply stores or online retailers.
Frogs will eat pretty much anything in the wild, so long as it is meat-based. From spider and slugs to butterflies and moths, these opportunistic hunters aren't fussy when it comes to food.
For this reason, feeding a pet frog can be quite versatile and there are many foods that you can try.
However, it is important to make sure that the food has been supplemented with a vitamin powder and is the right size for your frog. You should also keep in mind that different sized frogs may require food more or less frequently so it is vital to alter the menu according to this.