What Do Frogs Eat?

Feeding frogs is half the fun of owning them! Here I will go through the basic foods that frogs eat. Frogs in the wild will eat almost any insects that come within their range. If you have frogs kept in captivity, they can be fed a few easy treats you can find at your local pet store or raise yourself. One tip to note is that most frogs won’t eat any food unless it is moving, so standard fish food pellets and things of that nature are not likely to make very good food items for your pet amphibians.


cricketsYou can easily buy crickets at nearly any pet store for less than a couple dollars per dozen. Crickets make a great food for your frogs because they will stay alive for a long time inside of your frog tank. You can feed the crickets a cut up piece of potato where they will be able to get not only food but also water from the potato slices.  If you are interested in raising your own crickets you can read about how to do it here. Crickets provide great nutrition for your frogs and are so easy to acquire.

Meal worms

meal worms are a great frog food.

Meal worms are a great frog food.

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These worms are also easy to raise and cheap to buy. Frogs love to eat meal worms but they tend not to live as well inside of your tank as crickets.

Mealworms are the larval stage of beetles and are commonly sold as bird food and even eaten by people as health foods. They are a mouthful for most frogs and full of great nutrition for your amphibian and reptilian pets.

Raising Mealworms

Mealworms can be raised quickly by putting some adult beetles inside of a fish tank or container. You should fill the bottom of the container with oats with a sliced up carrot or potato to allow the worms and adults to acquire water.

These beetles tend to breed quickly providing you with about 500 new mealworms per breeding cycle. The eggs that are laid in the oatmeal base usually hatch in about 20 days.

Nightcrawlers and Red Worms

Red worms make a healthy inexpensive food for frogs.

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These worms are easy to buy at any fishing bait shop and your frogs will love them. Worms are a major food source for wild frogs, and they will certainly make great food for your captive frogs. Red worms are very active and will likely attract the attention of your hungry frogs quickly.

You can also go into your backyard and collect nightcrawlers or worms easily by  turning over rocks and logs. They will naturally accumulate in more moist areas of your yard or forest. Another great way to collect worms for your frogs is to rake up leaves that are on the bed of your yard. All worms will love to hang out under a moist bed of leaf litter and will be easy to grab once you do some raking.


Your frogs will eat many different insects and worms that are not very expensive or hard to find. Feeding your frogs a variety of food items will keep them happy and healthy.