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Pacman Frog

Scientific Name: Ceratophrys ornata
Lifespan: Over 3 years
Size: 4-6 inches
Diet:Insectivore
Handling Ease:Fair

FOOD

  • A Pacman frog’s diet should consist of:
    • 100% appropriately sized* insects (crickets or mealworms), fed 2-3x’s weekly
  • IMPORTANT:
    • All food should be dusted with calcium powder/vitamin powder (alternating days)
    • *Insect size fed is relative to the animal’s size. Babies and juveniles should be fed ½ grown or smaller crickets as well as mealworms. Adults can be fed large crickets and mealworms. Superworms are not recommended for this species.
    • Adult Pacman frogs can also be fed whole food items (up to adult mice) in lieu of insects.

Caging & Environment

  • A minimum of a 10 gallon tank with screen cover or small glass reptile habitat.
  • Moistened moss substrate (should be a “soupy” consistency)
  • No basking light is needed (room temperature is fine)
  • 5.0 Compact Fluorescent UVB light with fixture
  • Cricket Keeper & Cricket Food
  • Calcium & Vitamin Powders (used alternately)
  • Spray bottle for misting
  • Pacman frogs should be misted at least twice daily.
  • Important: Only spring water (not tap, purified, or distilled) should be used with all amphibians. This includes water for drinking and misting.

Behavior/Handling

  • Pacman frogs get their name from their similarity to the “Pacman” arcade character : they have a round body with a large mouth.
  • They may also be called “horned” frogs.
  • These frogs MUST be kept individually, because they are cannibalistic and will eat anything their size or smaller.
  • Pacman frogs are a sight hunter; they are attracted by movement and may bite first, ask questions later.
  • Many color variations are available on the market.