Frog feeding question..

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Arachnosquire
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Ok, so I have a young Ceratophrys spp. (Argentinian Horned Frog, Pacman Frog, etc..), of about 2" diameter, and I'm wondering about it's appetite...

I've had the little guy for about a week now, and so far it's only consumed 1 cricket, and 1 cricket head (yeah, it bit the head off the cricket, then left the rest of it sitting and twitching...rather amusing, but that's aside the point.. :)

Now, I've read that these buggers are absoultely voracious and generally eat anything that moves, but that they also tend to need a couple days to settle in to their new environment...

Given he's been "home" for a week now -- should I be concerned by the fact that he seems highly uninterested in food? <shrug>

Any advice would be appreciated, even if it's just "enh...he'll eat later, leave him alone." ;)

Thanks!
 

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Those I've kept usually go through voracious periods and not so voracious periods. He could also be waiting to pass a big poop! Temperature can also be a factor, frogs kept at cooler temps will tend to eat less than those kept warmer. I'm talking amphibian warm (High 70's to mid 80's), not hot like a lizard would need.

You can try setting him in a jar with about 1" of clean, non-chlorinated water for an hour or so. Sometimes, this gets the bowels moving and increases appetite.

Wade
 

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Arachnosquire
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Enclosure temps vary between about 72 at night to 80 during the day...

I'm concerned about humidity though...I'm having trouble striking a balance between high humidity and substrate...keeping the moisture in the atmosphere as opposed to making the substrate nearly aquatic is proving to be quite tricky. :/
 
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