Frog live food treats

Frogs and toads are carnivores - they like to eat meat.  Frog live food treats for small to medium sized frogs include flies and insects, mosquitoes, moths and dragonflies.  Larger frogs will eat grasshoppers and worms; some of the largest frogs will even eat small snakes, mice and even other smaller frogs.

Frog live food treats

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INTERESTING FACT ...

Did you know...

that over 4,000 frog species...

catch their prey quicker than you can blink?! that's pretty fast :) 

A frog's tongue is so sticky that it can catch prey nearly one and a half times its weight!

Frogs and other amphibians love to eat flies.  If you are keeping frogs as pets, then you could buy them flies in maggot form from fishing shops. They are sold there as fishing bait. These pupate in a day or so and would need to be split into batches. You would then keep them at different temperatures to ensure you have a constant supply of flies. The warmer the pupa are kept the quicker they will develop into flies.

Remember to remove uneaten food such as flies. If you don't then eggs may be layed under the frog's skin which would harm it.

Crickets are another popular food for frogs and they are extremely nutritious. If you are going to feed your frog crickets, be careful when giving large adult or black field varieties as they have strong biting mouthparts and could cause your amphibian harm. Also, some crickets will sometimes have a protruding spike at the rear and this should be snipped off before feeding.

Mealworms and waxworms. Use these sparingly as they are difficult to digest and are not very nutritious.

Frogs prefer to eat their food while it is alive.  They like to catch it and then eat it.  If you keep frogs, then it is better to provide live food for them.  This is how they would behave in the wild, in their natural habitat.  Many frogs, if not all, would rather starve than eat food that was not live!

Frogs have a very special tongue.  Their tongues are very stretchy.  This is very helpful to them in catching their live food treats, but it is not the only factor.  Their saliva is quite unique.  Whilst human saliva is almost 99% water, frog saliva is more like honey in texture, and makes it much more sticky.  This can change in a matter of seconds though, and can become runny and watery again.  


First of all, when the frog's tongue hits the insect, its saliva is quite watery and fills the crevices of the bug it has caught.

Then, as the tongue snaps back into the frog's mouth, the texture of the saliva changes and becomes very sticky, holding on to the prey

The saliva becomes watery again once the insect is in the mouth of the frog!

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