What do frogs eat? Frogs are carnivores. In the wild, smaller frogs eat insects, snails and worms, while larger frogs eat insects, fish, small reptiles and even mice.
Frogs Can't Chew
When most people picture a frog eating, they see a long, sticky tongue shooting out to grab a fly from the air. This is true for many species of frogs. A frog uses its coloring to blend in to its surroundings, then waits patiently for insects to fly by. When the frog sees its prey, it unrolls that long, sticky tongue, snatches the fly out of the air and rolls the tongue back into its mouth. This all takes place in less then a second.
Some frogs, such as tree frogs, seek out and stalk their prey. They move slowly, looking for insects, then unleash their tongues as they get close to to their prey.
Not all frogs have tongues; those that don't will use their toes to put the food in their mouths.
Tips for Providing Pet Frog Food
In the wild, frogs are extremely sensitive to movement. Certain types of movement stimulate their need to feed. This can be replicated in a frog habitat by placing live insects and other moving food, like grubs, in the frog's enclosure.
Frogs require a well-balanced diet. For some species, this could mean dusting live food, such as crickets, with vitamin powder. It is also very important to offer your frog the right size of food. Never give a frog a piece of food that is bigger than its head. It is best to provide your frog with insects (or mice, if you own a large bullfrog) from a pet supply store. If you do feed your frog spiders, beetles or grasshoppers from your yard, you need to be 100% sure they have no insecticide on them.
When you offer frog food is just as important as what you offer. If you try to feed a nocturnal frog during the day, you will end up with a hungry frog.
Depending on the size of your frog you may need to feed it daily (small frog) or weekly (large frog). It is best to offer your frog one piece of food at a time; if it eats the food quickly, you can offer a second helping. If it doesn't immediately eat the food, it may not be that hungry. Don't add more food to the cage.
If there is food left after your frog eats, clean it out of the enclosure immediately. Lefotvers could foul the water, which will make your frog sick
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These fun facts about frogs will help kids understand the amazing abilities of these tiny animals.
What do frogs need to survive? Answering this question is the first step to keeping a frog as a pet.