My frog is about a year old and roughly the size of a fist, he eats EVERYTHING that comes close to his face, and sometimes comes across tha tank after me when I am cleaning.
My question has to do with feeding, I fed him meal worms from the time he was hte size of a quarter to about the size of a half dollar, and I gut loaded them and dusted them.
Once he was about the size of a half dollar (generalized) I started feeding a small pinkie about once a week with a staple diet of super worms, gut loaded and dusted. I dusted the pinkie with vitamins and calcium as well, I know that it is controversial as to whether it is needed, however I figure better safe than sorry.
Now that he is so big, I have been feeding him a diet of daily pinkies and super worms and he seems to maintaining a good build and seems very energetic (as far as horned frogs go). He also get the occasional anole (frozen, a friend of mine feeds them to their corn snake and orders in bulk so I usually get a few from him).
I have read that the mice can be bad for them, but my vet told me that the pinkies have much less fat and with the added vitamins they should be a good staple food as long as there is variety offered as well. She has never worked with horned frogs however, she specializes in exotics, but I am the first one to bring her a horned frog.
I have read that fish can be good for them on occasion, but should not be a staple, and I have read that bigger mice can be bad for them because they are higher in fat.
Is what I am doing okay, or should I change his diet.
I also wanted to know about UV lighting, from what I have seen it is 50-50 on whether or not they need it, some say yes for the same reason as diurnal reptiles, others say no because they hide most of the day and are nocturnal so they don'e get the UV anyway. What is your take on the UV discussion, I use it because I figure better safe than sorry, I just was wondering if it was necessary.
How big should they get, like I said, I have had mine for a year and it went from a little baby about the size of a quarter to the size of my fist, and I have heard a mix of the size of a softball all the way up to the size of a dinner plate.
I had him on a moss substrate, but I have heard horror stories of impaction because of accidental injestion, so I moved him to a fine gravel so that they should not stick, I watch him to make sure he is eating and defacating regularly and everything seems fine. The gravel also stays much cleaner since I can run water through it and filter that water. I put plants in the tank and a fake stump so it he can hide, and he "redecorates" almost daily. Every morning I wake up to a mess where he has moved his entire tank arrangement. I used to move it back, but he would just move it again, so I figured he knows best and let him do it.