Food for frogs
Frogs sure make for cute pets, which makes them popular household companions around the world. While some skeptics will say that the amphibian will never bond with its human like a four-footed being, frog lovers will universally disagree. Like any other animal, frogs need a lot of love and attention. Possibly even more so, given that it will be slightly more difficult to communicate with these fairly silent creatures; you might take some time to notice that your pet is in discomfort. Food is an important thing to watch out for. Here’s a list of the food you can safely give to your frog.
One size doesn’t fit all
Frogs come in many shapes and sizes, belong to different species, and their food requirements and amounts will also vary greatly. You need to choose the kind of food that is just right for your species of frog. One thing is common, however, most frogs opt for live food while in the wild and even in captivity. Most importantly, in the wild, frogs are opportunistic feeders, which means they eat what they get. Try to replicate that environment in your frog’s domestic habitat.
Insects of all kinds
Frogs are strict non-vegetarians, so they will only eat meat in different forms. For most frogs, fresh insects are a staple in their diet, such as moths, flies, dragonflies, crickets, and such other small to medium sized insects. Frogs always eat live creatures, so make sure the food you put in the tank are alive and can be preyed on by your pet. Blood worms are great frog food as well.
It’s meat all the way
Larger varieties of frogs will also feed on worms and grasshoppers, and some will also eat small vertebrates such as mice. Some frogs also like to eat snakes and baby turtles, so if you plan to keep all of them in the same tank, that is probably not a very good idea. And if you plan to keep different types of frogs together, consult the vet first, since some large frogs prey upon smaller frogs as well.
Frogs are unable to produce Vitamin A on their own, and it is an important factor in a frog’s health. The best way of providing this to a frog is to include in every alternate mea some gut-rich insects. If you can make an insect farm, this will become easier than ever. You need to get insects that have fed on vitamin A-enriched food for over 24 hours.
What to avoid
Since frogs are strict carnivores, do not throw in vegetable and fruit scarps into the tank, as accidental ingestion can be dangerous. Keep the tank clean of gravel and soil, so that the frogs don’t eat any along with an insect. Speaking of which, insects with small heads are best suited for the frog’s digestive system.
Rearing frogs takes no less work than rearing a dog or a cat, and is exactly as satisfying. Keep in mind, however, that they are delicate creatures, and find it difficult to thrive as much in captivity as they would in the wild. All said and done, if reared right, they make for delightful companions.