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Latin name: Ceratophrys ornata
These young Pac man frogs are about a year old and approximately 2” in diameter. They are eating live medium crickets dusted with vitamin and calcium powder.
We have multiple unsexed individuals available, photos are representative of our general stock.
Other names: Pac Man Frog, Horned Frog,
General info and temperament: These delightfully chubby frogs are very popular pets because of their relatively easy care requirements and the fact that they’re so fun to feed. A Pac Man frog resembles the arcade game character it gets its name from in that it’s mouth is truly massive. This isn’t all for looks though. This wide mouth along with eyes on the top of its head and powerful hind limbs make it an effective ambush predator.
For most of the year, Pac man frogs will remain in a small area, rarely moving once they’ve found a safe and damp patch of rain forest forest floor to hunker down in. Then, they just wait for small prey to pass by at which point they spring into action and lunge for it.
During the dry season however, these frogs have a special way of preserving themselves. They will dig down into the soil and form a mucous cocoon around themselves to preserve their moisture in a process called estivation. In this state of torpor, they are completely inactive and will only re-emerge from the soil once the rains return.
Range and habitat: They are native to Peru, Colombia, Venezuela and all throughout the Amazon rainforest. They inhabit the damp leaves and underbrush of the rainforest floor.
Size and lifespan: As adults, these frogs usually reach about 6” in length and females grow a bit larger than males. Their lifespan in human care is often around 10 years with some individuals living 15+ years with optimal care.
Quick care stats:
Temperatures: 75 degrees Fahrenheit on the warm end, 70 degrees Fahrenheit on the cool end. Be careful not to let them overheat which can happen if the temperatures reach above 85 degrees.
Humidity: 50%-80% Misting by hand twice daily is often required to achieve these levels and can be replaced by an automatic mist system.
Tank size: 5 gallons for babies, 20 gallons for adults. These are sedentary frogs who must be housed individually.
Tank type: Standard rectangle
Heating and Lighting: An overhead dimmable heat lamp is recommended for housing this species in glass tanks, especially in the winter. Thermostats are always helpful to prevent overheating.
Though this species lives on the shady rainforest floor, they are diurnal so 5.0 UVB lighting is is highly recommend for overall welfare and to establish a regular day/night cycle.
Substrate and furniture: . Soil or coconut fiber substrate about 5” deep. Your frog will partially bury itself, sometimes with just its eyes peeking above the soil. Provide lots of hiding places in the form of logs and false or live plants and a medium sized water dish. Despite being a frogs, Pac mans aren’t strong swimmers so avoid large, deep water dishes.
Handling: Pac Man frogs stress out easily when touched and have sensitive skin so we don’t recommend them for frequent handling. They also have the tendency to launch themselves out of human hands unexpectedly which can end up in injury for the frog. At most they should be handled only when necessary for servicing their habitat.
Diet and feeding: Crickets, feeder roaches, mealworms, earthworms, wax worms, tomato horn worms, minnows, and even pink mice are all on the menu for these frogs.
both adults and babies can be offered 3-6 feeder items 3-4 times per week.
Gauge how much your frog will eat based on the food items they leave behind and their body condition.
Always remove uneaten feeder insects if they have not been consumed after a day.
*All food items must be dusted with both vitamin and calcium powder prior to feeding.*
Food size: The feeder item should simply be able to fit in your frog’s mouth. They’ve got it from there!