Pac Man Frog (Ceratophrys ornata)
Pac Man frogs are native to the humid forests of Argentina, Uruguay, Paruaguay and Brazil.
A healthy, well-cared for Pac Man frog can live up to 15 years in captivity.
Adult males can reach 2 1/2" to 4" in size when full grown, while females get larger and can grow to 4" to 7" in size.
Pac Man frogs come in a variety of colors and patterns. The typical frog morph is green with spots or splotches that range from dark brown to bright orange. Their body is a rounded shape with its eyes protruding from its head. Albino Pac Man frogs are lighter due to having less color pigment in their skin and range between pale peach, yellow, and lime green colorations.
PROPER HABITAT SETUP
Due to their stationary sit-and-wait hunting technique, Pac Man frogs do surprisingly well in smaller enclosures when compared to other amphibians and reptiles. The minimum recommended tank size for 1 adult Pac Man frog is 10 gallons, and you can always upgrade to a 20 gallon as well.
Ideal temperatures for Pac Man frogs range from 78-85ºF (25-30ºC) on one side of the tank during the day and as low as 70ºF (21ºC) at night. A heat pad or lamp should be used to warm one side of the tank. It is recommended to use a thermostat with heat pads to help monitor and control their heat output as well as a thermometer to monitor the temperature. Pac Man frogs do not require special lighting like UVB as long as proper temperatures are maintained. Humidity in the enclosure should remain over 60% and be achieved by using a water dish for the frog to soak in supplemented with occasional misting with a spray bottle or misting system.
Temperatures, Lighting, and Humidity
Pac Man frogs love to dig and burrow, so you'll want to use a loose substrate like peat moss, ground coconut husk (sometimes called "coir"), organic potting soil, or a mixture of the lot that they can hide in and soak up moisture from. It is very important to keep the substrate moist; if it dries out, the frog might go into brumation, a state in inactiveness, until it rehydrated.
Cohabitation is the practice of housing more than 1 animal together in the same tank. Pac Man frogs are solitary animals, aggressive eaters, and are known to cannibalize smaller frogs in the wild, so two adult Pac Man frogs should never be housed together unless you're an experienced breeder.
DIET & FEEDING
Pac Man frogs are one of the least picky eaters and have a never-ending appetite! In captivity, a smaller frog's diet can consist mostly of live insects like medium-sized dubia roaches, crickets, superworms, and mealworms, and eventually pinky mice too. As adults, small mice can be offered as a staple food.
Make sure to "gutload" your frog's food by feeding it carrots, spinach, or special gutload mix found at pet stores before feeding to your pet. When feeding, also make sure to dust your feeders with calcium + vitamin D3 powder. This is essential for their health and prevents malnutrition and bone disease. It is especially helpful to use feeding tongs when offering live prey to your Pac Man frog, as they commonly have a strong feeding response. This reduces the chance of your frog accidentally biting you and also promotes better hygiene.
FIND A PAC MAN FROG FOR SALE
Check out our online frog breeder directory to find a Pac Man frog for sale from a reputable local breeder near you!
BEHAVIOR AND HANDLING
Like most pet amphibians, it highly recommended to keep Pac Man frog handling to a minimum because of the fragile nature of the mucus membranes on their skin. If handled too much, the frog's skin can become damaged, causing the frog to dry out and die.
Pac Man frogs have teeth and are known to bite if they confuse your finger or hand as food. Larger frogs have been known to draw blood when they bite, so exercise caution when feeding and handling your frog and also while cleaning its enclosure. Some frogs are also aggressive by nature, especially wild caught specimens. As suggested above, we recommend using feeding tongs to avoid an accidental bite from your frog!