Pacman frogs do eat earthworms, that is a well-known fact. While we did not hesitate to offer earthworms to our frog, not so long ago things suddenly got worse.
One day, after consuming 3 decent earthworms from one of the common chain stores (they sell it as a fish bait), our frog stopped to eat for a week. Well, they do that from time and it is considered normal, but then another 3 days. And the fourth one. Such a pause is not normal for a juvenile, fast-growing frog.
To prevent the worst-case scenario, we took the measures and asked for a professional veterinarian help (thank you, local PetCo store!). They took the frog, put it into quarantine and run a series of tests to see what is going on.
Honestly, we were surprised by the attention they have demonstrated! 4 days later, they gave us a call. The lady had explained that all the tests were in range, and there were no symptoms of any kind of disease at all, but the frog is refusing to eat for some reason. They asked if they can hold it a couple more days to get a better understanding of what is going on.
2 more days have gone, and another call told us that “yes, he finally started eating and took two mealworms at a time”. Most likely we will be able to get it back at the beginning of the next week.
The reason? Still unknown. The veterinarian said that there is a possibility that the earthworms from the chain store are to blame, but he can’t confirm that. There is a chance that those particular earthworms were bred in the contaminated soil. While it is absolutely acceptable for a fish bite, it doesn’t sound good if we are talking about the frog’s food.
On the other side, there are many shreds of evidence that Walmart worms and bait shop crickets are not bad, and many owners are using them for their frogs without any problems.