We want what is best for our pets and animals. One way to do this is to provide healthy, nutritious meals. PacMan frogs have certain needs for protein and essential vitamins and minerals. Continue reading to find out how to provide the best foods for a PacMan frog.
PacMan frogs are known to be ferocious eaters and will gobble up just about anything that crosses their path. These chubby frogs have a reputation of attempting to eat something that is larger than themselves in the wild.
PacMan frogs kept in captivity as pets require a specialized diet that mimics what they might eat in the wild as closely as possible. It is important to offer high quality food to your PacMan frog that meets its dietary needs to ensure good health and proper growth.
Here are the best foods for a PacMan frog.
Crickets are an integral part of the PacMan frog diet. They are readily available at most pet stores and are a good source of protein and other nutrients.
It is crucial to “gut-load” crickets before offering them as food. Gut-loading the crickets first boosts the nutrient content of the food item, ensuring your PacMan frog is getting all the vitamins and minerals it needs for good health.
Dubia roaches are another popular food item for a PacMan frog. They are readily available and contain a denser volume of nutrients than crickets.
Dubia roaches also have softer bodies which can make it easier for the PacMan frog to digest than crickets. Most PacMan frog keepers and breeders prefer Dubia roaches over crickets for these reasons.
Nightcrawlers and Red Wigglers
Nightcrawlers and Red Wigglers are another awesome food item for your PacMan frog because they contain a dense amount of nutrients and minerals. They have a very soft body which makes it very easy for the frog to grab, swallow, and digest.
Purchase these worms at most quality pet shops, online, or fishing bait sellers. If nightcrawlers are purchased from a fishing bait store make sure to ask the store if they are plain nightcrawlers. Some nightcrawler distributors put a fluorescent chemical on the worms to better attract fish when used as fish bait. You DO NOT want these for your PacMan Frog.
It is fairly easy to establish nightcrawler colonies for an endless supply of nutritious food. This enables the ability to control the quality of the food.
Wax worms are great for snacks or treats for a PacMan frog. These worms are very small (usually about a half-inch long), have very soft bodies, and supply a good amount of nutrients.
Be careful not to feed wax worms in abundance to a PacMan frog, because they are high in fat content. Although PacMan frogs grow to be quite chubby, offer them a good diet to prevent obesity. Offering a Pacman frog 4 – 5 wax worms per week would be a good ratio. Wax worms are available at most pet stores and online retailers.
Hornworms (also called Goliath worms) are another very good food item to offer a PacMan frog. These worms are green and can grow to lengths of 4 to 5 inches. They have soft bodies and are easily digestable for the frog. Purchase hornworms at specialty pet stores or online.
Hornworms can grow rapidly, typically last about 10 days to 2 weeks, and come in cups of 10 to 25 pre-loaded with food. Hornworms make a very good supplement to a PacMan frog’s diet.
Once a PacMan frog nears the adult stage of its life, it can be fed pinky mice. A pinky mouse is a newborn mouse that has not yet developed a coat, nor opened its eyes yet. They are generally an inch or two long and very soft. It’s wise to not offer your PacMan frog pinky mice until it is large enough to safely consume it.
It is best to offer pinky mice that are alive, but frozen pinkys may be offered once they have completely thawed out. Food items that are too large could inadvertently choke the PacMan frog. Purchase pinky mice at many pet stores and online retailers.
Another very good food item to offer a PacMan frog is feeder fish. Feeder fish are a small type of goldfish raised as food for carnivorous fish, reptiles, and amphibians. They are also used for feeding PacMan frogs.
PacMan frogs love feeder fish and will usually go after them with fervor. Purchase feeder fish at many pet stores and online. Pay close attention to how the feeder fish are housed. Make sure the aquarium is clean and not over-stocked with fish. You want to offer your Pacman frog clean, healthy feeder fish.
The Best Foods for a PacMan Frog Equals Good Health
If you feed your PacMan frog these high quality food items you can ensure a very healthy diet. It is important to offer food items with calcium and other mineral supplements, and to gut-load the insects before feeding. Be sure to also vary the food offered as much as possible. Avoid feeding your PacMan frog just crickets, or just Nightcrawlers. Try to alternate different foods at each feeding.