Frogs can make excellent pets and are even considered good first-time pets for those that have never owned any animals. They are small, don’t need walking, and don’t take up too much room. And, because they aren’t all that keen on being handled and petted, they don’t require a lot of ongoing attention. However, any potential owner needs to meet the health and care requirements of their frog to ensure that it is healthy and safe. One such requirement is food.
In the wild, frogs have adapted to eat a wide variety of different foods and food sources. This can be difficult to replicate when keeping frogs as pets and there aren’t any commercial frog food pellets available. Although it will depend on the species and other factors, most pet frogs eat a combination of crickets, mealworms, locusts, caterpillars, and even some mice.
What Do Frogs Eat?
In the wild, adult frogs are carnivores. Most species eat primarily insects but will also eat small vertebrates. As tadpoles, though, they do not need any insects and are herbivores that live on algae and other plants and decaying matter on the water. When kept as pets, frogs need to be given as similar a diet as possible to the one they would have in the wild, but this can be very challenging because of the wide variety of different meals that a wild frog would consume and their availability to frog owners.
The types of food that you give your frog will depend on the type of frog:
How Much Should Frogs Eat?
Lively frogs need to eat once or twice a day, while medium frogs need to eat every day or two. Large frogs should only be fed mice roughly once a week. For small and medium frogs, let them eat as much as they can consume within 15 minutes. Remove any insects that are left over.
When choosing insects, some come in a range of sizes. The insect should not be any longer than the distance between your frog’s eyes or it may choke.
Frogs can make great beginner pets. They are relatively easy to care for, although owners do need to meet their habitat, health, and dietary requirements. In the wild, frogs eat a wide variety of foods including different insects and even some small animals. A pet frog might need feeding mealworms and crickets, while some species even need to be fed pinkies, or baby mice.
Only feed as much as your frog can eat in 15 minutes, ensure that no piece of prey is longer than the distance between your frog’s eyes, and try to provide a decent variety of different foods to keep things interesting.