Pacman Frog

Pacman frogs are large, round frogs with big mouths plus some yellow skin tones — think Pac-Man, the video game phenomenon of the early 1980s. Pacman frogs (genus Ceratophrys) can also be called ornate horned frogs and South American horned frogs. At maturity, female pacmans can reach 7 inches long and 7 inches wide Males are smaller than females, reaching as much as 4 inches across. You can keep not more than one pacman in a tank, as the creatures are cannibalistic. Owning a pacman frog is a long-term commitment; a person can live to be fifteen years old.

Housing

Pacman frogs are generally inactive, so they don’t require a lot of space. A 10- to 20-gallon aquarium having a tight-fitting lid is plenty. Lay a substrate of sphagnum moss, peat moss or coir deep enough for your specimens to burrow in. Pacmans spend almost all of their time buried up to their eyes in the damp substrate. Live plants provide hiding places and assistance to maintain humidity levels.

Water and Humidity

Pacman frogs don’t drink water, they absorb moisture through their skin. Bury a shallow bowl of chlorine-free water to a depth that’s level using the substrate so that your frogs can easily walk into it for soaking. Pacmans don’t swim; they can drown in deep water. Keep the substrate damp by misting it one or two times daily. Spray it more regularly should you live in a dry climate or maybe your home is air-conditioned.

Temperature and Lighting

Pacman frogs are cold-blooded animals who can’t regulate themselves temperatures. They’re comfortable in ambient temperatures of 65 to 85 degrees Fahrenheit. Place your tank out of sunshine to stop overheating. Broad-spectrum lights are good for plants and frogs. Provide 12 hours of light and 12 hours of darkness daily.

Feeding

Pacman frogs have big appetites; they’ll will eat whatever moves. Careful feeding, though: They’ll bite at fingers, mistaking them for food. Pacmans eat only live food, ambushing their prey. Small frogs require a varied diet of crickets, mealworms and waxworms. Feed your pacmans daily, and dust the feeders with vitamin powder every other day. Medium frogs will eat pinkie mice, while large frogs enjoy small mice and pinkie rats every two or three days.

Habitat Maintenance

Clean the pacman’s tank one or more times per week. Wash both hands before handling your pacman frog — because oils on human skin can be toxic to him — and after handling him to reduce chance of salmonella poisoning. Gently remove him through the tank and set him in another container. Take away the substrate from the tank. Clean the tank with hot water and rinse the plants. Don’t use soap or detergent. Clean the substrate before replacing it, or use new substrate.

Dehydration

Keep the pacman frog’s habitat damp at all times, but not wet. If the substrate becomes dry and your frog seems to be dead, attempt to rehydrate him. Each time a pacman frog becomes dehydrated, his outer skin gets dry and tough as his body qdfwly measures to conserve moisture. He becomes motionless and generally seems to have died. He may be alive. Should you rehydrate him before death occurs, he’ll shed his outer skin and eat it.

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