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Do African Dwarf Frogs Eat Ghost Shrimp?

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By Lindsey Stanton

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Are you interested in having either an African dwarf frog or some ghost shrimp, or maybe both? For people who want both, a big concern could be whether or not the African dwarf frog will eat the ghost shrimp.

The short answer to this question is yes, African dwarf frogs will eat ghost shrimp, but let’s look at this in some more detail and find out exactly what is going on here.

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Quick Summary Of African Dwarf Frogs

The African dwarf frog can be found readily in the streams and rivers of central Africa. These are fully aquatic amphibians and they never leave the water. Yes, they do have lungs and breathe oxygen at the surface of the water, as they do not have gills like fish do, but they don’t leave the water.

They are usually brownish-green or olive in color, they grow to around 1.25 inches in length, and usually live for around 5 years. Many people choose to have them as pets because they are actually quite easy to care for, but with that said, what will they eat or what do they like to eat?

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Quick Summary Of Ghost Shrimp

The ghost shrimp is a fairly small crustacean, a freshwater shrimp in fact, which is quite common in the wild and popular to keep in home aquariums. These shrimp are also known as glass shrimp due to their transparent build.

That’s right, if you don’t look closely, you might actually look straight through the ghost shrimp without ever knowing that it is there. They can grow to around 1.5 inches in length and they are compatible with small and peaceful fish. They are not big fighters and do make for easy prey for many animals.

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Do African Dwarf Frogs Eat Ghost Shrimp?

The short answer to this question is yes, African dwarf frogs will eat ghost shrimp if given the chance. Now, just keep in mind that in the wild, these two animals rarely come into contact with each other, if ever at all.

So, in the wild, African dwarf frogs usually won’t eat ghost shrimp simply due to the fact that they usually almost never get the opportunity to do so.

However, these frogs are voracious eaters and will happily munch down on some ghost shrimp if given the chance. The African dwarf frog might have a hard time getting ahold of a ghost shrimp, but if it can catch the shrimp, it will eat it.

One of the reasons why an African dwarf frog might not be able to catch a ghost shrimp is due to a lack of visual confirmation. In other words, ghost shrimp might just be too hard for the frog to see, at least not until it has already alerted the shrimp to its presence.

Also, some ghost shrimp might be a bit too big for an African dwarf frog to eat, but then again, a larger specimen of frog could easily eat a smaller or medium size ghost shrimp.

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Other African Dwarf Frog Feeding Tips

Let’s just go over a couple of other African dwarf frog feeding and care tips that you should be familiar with.

  • If you have an African dwarf frog in the same tank with smaller fish or shrimp, make sure to keep the frog well fed. As you might have gathered by now, these frogs will eat more or less anything that they can catch and fit in their mouths, and this includes a variety of small shrimp and fish.
  • You should feed your African dwarf frog as much as it can eat in 3 minutes, twice per day. Any more than this and you will be overfeeding the frog.
  • You can always go with specialized frog pellets, but if you really want to feed the frog properly, a mix of live insects, worms, grubs, and small fish will do much better.

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So, the bottom line here is that yes, African dwarf frogs will eat ghost shrimp if given the chance. So, it is probably best not to keep them together.

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