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What do wild baby toads eat?

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A wild baby toad's diet varies by species, but the majority of them rely on small insects and invertebrates as a primary food source. Worms, spiders, crickets, ants and virtually any tiny animal that they can catch and swallow whole are consumed by baby frogs.

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What do wild baby toads eat?
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During the tadpole stage, amphibians live in water and feed on aquatic vegetation, including algae. As they begin to grow limbs and develop into frogs, they dwell on land and turn into carnivores that feed on all types of small animals. Like adult frogs, wild baby toads have a sticky tongue that they use to capture their prey. They can't see their prey while they are striking, so they must camouflage themselves and carefully aim for their victim in advance. Once a wild toad catches its prey, it swallows it whole.

Frogs are nocturnal creatures that can see very well at night. Because of their bulging eyes, they also have the ability to look in multiple directions without moving their heads, allowing them to stay completely still when seeking food. There are a few species of wild frogs that do not have tongues, and they must use their hands to catch prey and stuff it into their mouths.

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