If you ask most people the question ‘what do toads eat?’, the most common answer would probably be crickets. And it’s true – toads do eat crickets – but they eat lots of other things too.
So, what do toads eat?
However, that’s not to say that toads only eat these things. Or that they shouldn’t eat a variety of foods. Like humans, toads need a balanced diet.
What do toads eat? 12 foods that toads love…
Toads are very closely related to frogs and this is not only shown in how they look, but also in their dietary needs.
Toads are carnivores, so they enjoy eating live prey. But what kind of prey? Here are 12 creatures that toads love to eat…
- Small Fish
- Other toads and frogs!
The last one may be a bit shocking… but it’s true. Toads do sometimes eat other toads!
What do wild toads eat?
Wild toads live all over the world and there are lots of different species.
Since they have such different habitats, the diets of different toads differ from one another.
Most commonly, toads will eat larger insects and larvae as an adult. When they are young they try to feed themselves on flies and ants.
Fun fact: When a toad is really large, it can even eat small mice and lizards. All of the things he eats are swallowed whole. This is due to the fact that a toad doesn’t have any teeth in their lower jaws and cannot chew.
What do toads eat in captivity?
In captivity, toads should eat the same kind of foods as they would in the wild.
If you give a pet toad something from the list above, they will eat it.
However, when toads are kept as pets, the most common choice of food is crickets or mealworms.
This is not because it is best for the toad, but generally because they are the foods that are most readily available.
You can, however, buy some baby mice, or catch some insects yourself to feed your toad. This will give your toad some variety in their diet.
You should also:
- Give your toad food that is the appropriate size. The right size is about the size of a cricket.
- Try to give 4 to 6 items of food in your toad’s diet.
- Your toad will start to learn when you feed it, so try to be as consistent as possible. This means that you should aim to feed your toad at the same time every day.
What is the best thing to give to your toad in captivity?
We recommend feeding crickets to your toad. Live crickets are readily available and low in cost. Besides that, they are very healthy for your toad.
We would, however, suggest dusting the crickets with calcium and vitamins supplements. This is due to the fact that toads do not get as much UVB from the sun as they would get in the wild. UVB plays a very important role in how they metabolize vitamins and calcium and therefore you need to help your pet frog a little.
Do this and your pet toad will be very happy and healthy!
How often should you feed a toad?
How often you feed your toad depends on your toad’s age.
When you have a juvenile toad, you should feed him every day.
If you have an adult toad you should try to feed him about three times a week.
What human food do toads eat?
Some people will say that toads can eat human food like vegetables and fruits, but they are wrong!
You should not feed your pet toad vegetables and fruits. Both frogs and toads do not eat plant matter. They don’t have the right digestive system to be able to digest these kinds of foods.
You should also avoid giving them processed meat for the same reason.
If you want to give your toad more nutrients, and you’re raising your own crickets, try to feed your crickets some fruit so they would absorb the nutrients. You can also try supplements like this.
How do toads eat?
The way that toads eat is really quite interesting!
When they see their prey, a toad will normally patiently wait for it to move before eating it. While they wait, they carefully examine the prey, waiting for the perfect moment to catch it.
When the toad sees the right moment, he flicks out his long sticky tongue and sticks it to the prey.
The toad’s tongue then retracts back, as quickly as it popped out, and the food goes down in one gulp.
The prey he just ate is still very much alive and is slowly processed by the toad’s digestive system.
If you want to see a great video of how a toad eat, take a look at the video below.
How long can toads go without eating?
How long a toad can go without eating depends on the weight of the toad and its age (juveniles need food available to them at all times), as well as the type of toad.
Personally, I have never left my toad without food for more than three days. If I’m away longer I make sure someone is going to feed it.
That said, toads can go up to two weeks without eating.
How much a toad eats will also be influenced by whether they are preparing to hibernate.
What do baby toads eat?
Toad tadpoles eat a bit differently to adults.
Earlier, we said that toads don’t eat vegetables and fruits. This is true for adult toads, but it isn’t true for tadpoles. Toad tadpoles eat vegetation, such as half-rotten plants that they find in their pond.
When toad tadpoles get a bit older they start to eat plants that were too hard to eat when they were younger. So, when you have toad tadpoles in captivity, you have to begin by feeding them lettuce leaves. But before you do, make sure that you dip the lettuce in boiling water for 2 seconds so that it is soft enough to eat.
The following days you can start giving it some harder vegetables like peas (although you should cut them in half and remove the shells).
Also consider giving your tadpoles leeks, celery, carrots. Just make sure that these foods are cooked. This way it is easy for the toad tadpoles to eat it.
Toads that are no longer tadpoles, but not yet fully grown, will eat pinhead crickets, meal worms, wax worms and grubs. All of these are small and easy-to-eat enough for a baby toad to swallow and digest properly.
Once toads become fully grown adults, they will be carnivores for the rest of their lives.
What do toads eat in the garden?
By now, you’ve probably gathered that toads aren’t very strict about what they eat.
They eat almost anything that will fit in their mouths!
On top of the list we gave earlier, they also eat flies, slugs, snails, spiders and even more!
It’s a great reason why you should invite a toad into your garden: they can help manage pests and keep your plants alive and thriving!
Why do toads eat other toads and frogs?
Not every toad eats other toads and frogs. But there are some species – the Cane toad and American toad for example – that are cannibalistic.
If one of these toads is hungry then it won’t be at all picky about what it eats. If it is a smaller toad or frog and it fits in their mouth, they will eat it!
So, be sure to never put Cane toads and American toads in a terrarium with smaller frogs or toads. The little ones will probably get eaten!