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    What and when should I feed a frog?

    Articlepet food guidesTuesday 23 April 2013
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    If you have just bought a frog and do not know the first thing about looking after it or what to feed it then do not worry as we have taken a look and gathered up some information on how to best feed it and when.
     
    The first thing you do if it is a new frog is let it get used to its surroundings. A frog who is stressed will not feel comfortable eating. This usually takes a few days and it is advised that you do not bother it during this period. Once settled in to its new environment it will feel comfortable and start resuming a normal routine.
     
    The best choice of food for a frog is are crickets/grasshoppers. These are the most basic option and easiest insect to start off with, both nutritious and tasty. You can either catch these yourself (good luck!) or buy them from a pet store. They can even be purchased online in today’s age. Crickets come in certain sizes should be able to buy them in from an inch long to 1/16 of an inch. So no matter how big or small your frog is, they should be able to consume crickets.
     
    As you progress past crickets then general bugs and insects you see flying around should be ok. If the frog leaves it then it is best to remove it altogether from its tank.
    It has been said that some of the larger frogs can eat goldfish or even small mice. Be careful with certain insects or animals has they have been known to harm or even eat the frogs.
     
    Some tips.
    • Green frogs are said to be pretty relaxed eaters. Other types you may struggle to look after.
    • The size of the food you're giving to your frog is very important. Always try to give food that is smaller than the frog’s mouth. Worse still, if too big, your frog can choke to death. To put this in perspective imagine yourself trying to eat a whole lettuce in one go.
    • Frogs prefer live bugs and insects rather than dead. Only under certain exceptions should you give dead prey to them.
    • Try to alternate the diet. Just like humans get sick of the same foods, the same is true for frogs. This can also give strong nutritional benefits too.
    • Stay away from feeding your frogs bees, wasps or spiders. These can be harmful.
    • You may notice in cooler months your frogs do not eat as much. This is due to its natural hibernating period. Usually frogs would sleep and not eat at all. So do not be alarmed if this is the case.
    • For underwater frogs you could try frozen mealworms or tiny brineshrimp
    How much should I feed a frog?
    This is quite a difficult question to answer. Frogs have different personalities and some will eat whenever they want and others will choose to eat only when they are hungry. So it is hard to give a defined answer to this. Understand your frog’s personality and see what works for it. Never overfeed it and monitor its size to make sure it is not underfed.
    Frogs can be fed every other day or once every three days.
     
    Remember to search Clickpets list of frogs and toads for sale.
     
    Here is a useful video on feeding frogs:
     
     
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