What do frogs eat? Frogs will eat flies, crickets, spiders, beetles, grasshoppers, all sorts of insects and if there happens to be a smaller frog to hand, it will probably eat that too. They will also eat small invertebrates, ants and forest mites.
Larger frogs will eat mice and small snakes.
If you intend keeping frogs as pets they will need a healthy diet - one that is nutritious and well-balanced. It is also very important that the right size of food and amount of food is given to your frog at the right time.
When a frog is in the water, it is highly sensitive to movement around it, and this movement stimulates feeding, and so it is better that the prey offered to the frog (and other amphibians) is live.
Sometimes, it is hard to know exactly how much food a frog should eat, and so when considering what do frogs eat, we also need to know, how much do frogs eat. Younger frogs, froglets, generally would need food every day while they are growing. This is a general rule really. In a way it's similar to babies growing! Young babies need regular food offered thoughout the day and night, and so with baby frogs, they need to have a regular supply of food.
As the frog gets older and more mature, it would probably need food offered to it a few times a week. It's always a good idea to dust food with vitamins to make sure the frogs are getting a good nutritional supply. Some food is more nutritionally beneficial than other types of food. Also, frogs can vary in their appetites, again a bit like people, and some some will have better appetites than others. You can keep an eye on your frog to see if it is thriving on the diet being provided to it. If it starts to lose weight or is not interested in food, then you could take measures to ensure that the frog is keeping healthy and if concerned maybe take your amphibian to the vet for a quick check-up. Keeping the frog's environment clean is vital to the health of your pet frog and will help in keeping any ilnesses away from your frog.
Frogs are unable to produce vitamin A by themselves, and so they need this from their food. To make sure that a pet frog has enough vitamin A in its diet, it is probably a good idea to feed it a live insect that has itself been feeding for over 24 hours on 'gut-loaded' substance - eg fruit, vegetables and cereals. This means that the insect is loaded with good, nutritious substance and therefore when the frog eats the insect, it will benefit from all the goodness that was within the insect.
Live insects and dead insects can be bought from your local petshop
Depending on the size of the species will indicate how often it should be fed. A small species will require probably daily feeding, a medium-sized species will require feeding maybe three or four times a week and a large species less than that.
Tiny, tiny frogs can have smaller food such as baby crickets and little flightless flies. I read somewhere also that aphids have been fed to really small frogs successfully, which of course could be found in your garden and are often found on rose bushes.
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