In this article, we will be answering the question what do you feed tree frogs? Although still a relatively uncommon pet, tree frogs have seen a slight increase in the number of people keeping them as pets recently. This has resulted in more and more people reaching out for advice on how they can best care for their frogs in captivity.
Although tree frogs would usually eat food such as worms, flies, insects and a few small invertebrates in the wild, this can sometimes be difficult to replicate in captivity. This is usually due to some of the food being difficult to source or store for extended periods of time.
We have researched the various food types that tree frogs do well on and have settled on three that we feel are the best to feed a tree frog in captivity. You can also mix and match them to offer variety to your pet if you like:-
- Live crickets or dried crickets (5 to 7 per serving a few times per week).
- Live mealworm or dried mealworm (8 to 12 per serving a few times per week).
- Live Wingless Fruit Flies (more commonly used as a treat or supplementary food rather than the main meal).
As the majority of tree frog species are either carnivores or insectivores, don’t be surprised if your frog shows no interest in any fruit or vegetables that you try to add to its diet. Chances are it will ignore it totally and wait for some insects.
Additionally, some tree frogs will only eat once or twice per week even when totally healthy. This can be normal but we usually recommend that people leave a single cricket or mealworm in their frog’s habitat for it to eat when hungry and then resupply afterward.
With both products being common amongst various pet owners, there are plenty of reviews that have been left by other pet owners sharing their experiences with them. You can click here to read reviews on our recommended live cricket supplier or you can click here to read reviews on our recommended dried cricket supplier.
Here are some reports from third-party, independent pet owners who either currently are or recently have used our recommended live cockroach supplier as a food source for their pets.
- This report comments on how they love the company that produced the live crickets we recommend and that they use their one inch live crickets as a food source for their pet tree frog. They mention how the crickets all arrived alive, healthy, and all seemed over the one-inch length as advertised.
- This report comments on how the crickets they ordered arrived and they feel that it is the best source of live crickets they have been able to find to date. They mention how they would get much less for their money if they purchased live crickets at their local pet store. They mention that out of the 500 crickets they ordered, only one was dead on arrival!
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Here are some reports from third-party, independent pet owners who have either recently used or currently are using our recommended supplier of live mealworm as the main food source for their pets.
- This report comments on how they ordered some live mealworms to feed their pets. They mention how they arrived ahead of their expected delivery date and that none of the mealworms in the package were dead on arrival. They mention how for their needs, these are very nice and that they feel that they got the number of mealworms they ordered in the packaging.
- This report comments on how this live mealworm supplier never disappoints, they also mention how they have ordered from them multiple times now and never had an issue with them. They mention that some of the worms are slightly small on delivery but that they grow over time and make a nice meal for your pets.
The last product on our list that we recommend as a food source for pet tree frogs are live fruit flies. Thankfully, these do not yet have their wings meaning they are unable to fly away once the container is opened and a single culture is able to provide hundreds of fruit flies for your tree frog over the course of a month or so.
When it comes to feeding, all you have to do is remove the lid of the tub, tilt it over your pet tree frogs habitat and then tap on the container a few times to knock a few fruit flies out. Some people put a little hole in the lid of the container to knock them out as you would with salt or pepper and then cover the hole with tape during storage.
Although a tree frog can live on fruit flies, they are usually used as more of a treat due to their size and it being hard to work out how many your frog has actually eaten. Many people mix them with crickets or mealworm to help supplement their tree frogs diet and offer a more balanced nutritional profile.