I’m sure that if you are reading this article, it is because you have a baby frog in your home or at least know someone who does. Congratulations on acquiring such an adorable pet! Baby frogs need to eat just like any other animal, and what they eat will depend on their age. This guide will go over what foods to feed them starting from the youngest age all the way up until adulthood.
What do baby frogs eat?
Unlike a lot of other types of animals where the young generally eat the same thing all the way to adulthood, frogs are a little different. Their diets change as they grow.
Frogs will spend many weeks, months, or even years depending on the species, like a tadpole. Most tadpoles start life out as simple herbivores. They munch on various plants and algae in their environment. This stage of life is simple, but it doesn’t last very long (usually).
Shortly after they will switch to being omnivores and start eating proteins and other meats. Small insects are a big part of this stage of life.
Later on, as they get a little older, they start swapping to purely carnivorous! As they turn into adults gradually all they are going to consume is meat and fat. Big juicy bugs. This is the easier stage of life for feeding as they eat just about anything you give them.
But for now, let’s talk about the omnivorous stage as this is the part most people get stuck on, Or to be less specific, Baby frogs. After the tadpole stage but before the adult stage.
One of the biggest issues you’re going to face isn’t what you should feed baby frogs, but how fast they metabolize what they eat! In fact, the first rule of feeding these little guys is to feed them small and often.
This does two things: One, it keeps their metabolism going which ensures they are absorbing nutrients from what you provide for them; two, this will keep the frogs happy as hungry froggies make for cranky customers!
So what do tiny frogs eat?
This is a bit species-dependent, but there is a lot of cross-over. For terrestrial frogs, that is, Frogs that don’t live in the water 24/7, will feed on a variety of smaller insects, such as:
- Brine Shrimp
- Pinhead Crickets
- Wingless fruit flies
- Other frog friendly small insects
- Frog pellets/flakes
In general, you can give these things to both baby aquatic and baby terrestrial frogs.
An interesting thing to note for springtails is if you have a vivarium set up, you can breed the springtails right in the same enclosure as the frogs. They will just eat up as they can, and the springtails will continue to breed.
Just remember they can’t live on springtails alone and will need some variety as well as possible nutrient additives depending on the species. Research!