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Pacman Frog Care Basics

Updated on January 22, 2016

General information on Pacman frogs

Pacman frogs of this type become rather large and can come in a variety of colors including browns, greens and albinos of many shades. For this reason, as well as their aggressive feeding responses, they are one of the most popular pet frogs today.
The two species that are regularly available are the ornate horned frog (Ceratophrys Ornata) and the Cranwell’s horned frog (Ceratophrys Cranwelli).
Average size of a pacman frog is up to 4-6” and females tend to be larger than males.

Enclosure / Habitat

Pacman frogs should always be kept alone, one per enclosure due to cannibalism being common among them.

A 5-10 gallon terrarium is recommended for a pacman. A screen lid is essential for proper air exchange, however, covering 2/3of the screen lid will help maintain humidity levels.

A water dish that is large enough for the frog to sit in for soaking should be provided with fresh water daily. Make sure to treat water with a de-chlorinator before using. The water dish should be shallow enough for your frog to easily get in and out of.

Live plants can be added to maintain humidity levels and create a more ‘natural’ atmosphere, however, pacman frogs can and WILL dig into the substrate and will most likely up-root the plants.
If décor is used within the enclosure, it is recommended to use a different container to feed in. Pacman frogs have been known to swallow live as well as plastic plants which can result in injury or death.

Substrate

2-3” inches of substrate is recommended for pacman frog terrariums to maintain proper humidity levels. Coco-coir or bed-a-beast is recommended as substrate.
Frogs like to dig in and settle down in the substrate to wait for prey. Remember, these frogs are not aquatic and can drown. The substrate should be kept moist, but not muddy or slimy and should be changed regularly to avoid bacterial growth.
Spot clean as needed and completely clean the enclosure at least once a month.
It is not recommended to use moss as substrate or gravel, both of these will cause impaction if ingested by a pacman.

Heat and humidity

Ideal daytime temperatures for pacmans should range between 74 and 82 degrees F.
If you find your frog is burying itself deep within the substrate, it may be trying to avoid heat or cold. Adjust your temp range to were the frog is comfortable.
Under tank heaters can be used and mounted on the SIDE of the tank, not the bottom, to maintain the temperature range of 76-84 degrees.
Night time temperatures should be between 73-76 degrees Fahrenheit.
Humidity should be kept between 60-80%

Feeding your pacman frog

Pacman frogs do well on a diet consisting of a variety of calcium/vitamin dusted insects such as crickets, roaches, earthworms, and hornworms. There are also powdered food for pacman frogs that is available (ZooMed and Hikari are two common brands) that come as an easy to use just add water powder. It will form a dough like substance and they claim it is a complete diet. As your pacman frog gets larger you can start offering a pinky or fuzzy mouse to them, but only as a treat once every other month.
Adult pacmans should be fed 2-3 times per week, and juveniles should be offered food on a daily basis.

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    • tsadjatko profile image

      TSAD 19 months ago from maybe (the guy or girl) next door

      That video reminds me of my first bullfrog when I was only 9 or 10! He was huge, needed two hands just to pick him up and he only had one eye. I put him in a wooden box where I had grass and a 15" De Kay's snake till I could make a place for him. When I checked on him my De Kay's snake (they only get about 12 inches long so this was a big one for me) was in his mouth, head hanging out one side and tail out the other. I couldn't get the frog to let go so I ran to my father. He picked up the bull frog and squeezed the back of his jaws hard, his mouth opened and dad saved my snake! That was such a traumatic event in my childhood I remember it like it happened yesterday and it gave me new respect for my dad who upset me a year earlier when he broke my anole's tail putting a door on his cage.

      I learned a lesson that day, a snake in the grass is no match for a big mouth!

      As you know I'm sure, Bull frogs like your pac man frog will eat anything! We would ball raw hamburger onto a thread and dangle it in front of the bull frog and he'd gulp them up. Eventually I took him back to the pond where I found him and saw him again and again traveling the paths in the reeds around the pond in following years. Never saw him in the water, he liked to hunt. He was the biggest bull frog, and the only one at this pond, I ever saw in my life!

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      Crazy Reptile Lady 19 months ago from Lorain, Ohio

      Lol I do not eat flies if thats what you're asking :P

      Thanks, I haven't made too many hub pages yet, but I work for a reptile rescue and have so many people asking me to give info / care sheets on various reptiles and amphibians, I figured why not make a few hub pages on them :) Good to see that people find them useful.

      They're really great pets, I have seven of them currently, they are hard to find unless ordering online, most local petstores have them as more of a hit and miss type thing.

      (Heres a video of my larger female eating:

      https://youtu.be/scHKbPUuAPw )

    • tsadjatko profile image

      TSAD 19 months ago from maybe (the guy or girl) next door

      Are you the woman in this Everybody Loves Raymond episode?

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tCy9ImN7beE

      Great hub page on pacman frogs! I'll get one if I see one up for adoption.