How to Care for Your Pac Man Frog
PacMan Frogs (Ceratophrys ornata) also known as Ornate Horn Frogs are large (4”-6”) terrestrial, tropical amphibians native to Argentina. They are nocturnal, round in shape and known for their voracious appetites. For this reason, they are best housed individually. PacMan Frogs have been bred in many colors including green, red, orange and albino. They require high humidity to remain healthy. PacMan Frogs are considered to be a beginner level pet.
A 10 (10”x20”x12”) to 20 (30”x12”x12”) gallon tank or equivalent sized plastic tub is considered adequate for a PacMan Frog, as they are known to be quite sedentary. Although PacMan Frogs don’t climb, it’s important that the enclosure have a lid to keep other animals or curious children out. In order to provide the high humidity needed, coco-fiber or mulch substrate is preferred. The substrate and cage should be kept moist rather than soaking wet through judicious misting. The enclosure should be furnished with a variety of ground level hiding places so the Frogs can feel safe. Plants may be used as well, though it’s possible that the Frog will trample them in their occasional trips around the enclosure. A shallow water dish large enough to hold the entire Frog can be included but is not necessary. If used, the water should be appropriate dechlorinated and kept clear of feces or other items that can foul it.
Heating and Lighting
Since PacMan Frogs are nocturnal and can easily dehydrate, a low level of lighting is recommended. This can be accomplished through ambient lighting, use of a purple or blue nocturnal bulb, or, if the enclosure is on the tall side, a low intensity (5.0) florescent light. Pac Man Frogs are most comfortable at a temperature range of 72-85. Most of the year they can be maintained at room temperature without additional heat. In climates where additional heat is necessary, it’s best achieved with an under tank heater (UTH). A UTH will require a thermostat or a rheostat to regulate the temperature.
Food and Supplementation
Pac Man Frogs will eat anything they can fit in their mouths. They primarily eat a variety of bugs and worms, including but not limited to mealworms, crickets, silkworms, hornworms, super worms, Dubia and other roaches. They may be fed small mice on occasion, though this should not be a frequent occurrence since they are high in fat. Pac Man Frogs’ feeding “strategy” is to wait for the feeder to approach them, at which time they open their huge mouths to ingest it. Consequently, they are generally attracted only to live food. Most PacMan Frogs in the United States are fed a staple diet of mealworms, crickets or Dubia Roaches. Young Frogs can start with 1⁄4” crickets or Dubia Roaches, or small mealworms and progress to full-sized mealworms and crickets, and Dubia Roaches. Care should be taken to feed appropriate sized prey and not to leave prey in the enclosure for long periods of time. Pac Man Frogs require calcium to build strong bones, vitamin D3 to metabolize the calcium and a variety of other vitamins and minerals. Especially if full-spectrum lighting with UVB is not provided, they will receive these vitamins and minerals through powdered supplements, which are commercially available. Dust their prey at each feeding with calcium, vitamin D3, and other vitamins.
Pac Man Frogs require calcium to build strong bones, vitamin D3 to metabolize the calcium and a variety of other vitamins and minerals. Especially if full-spectrum lighting with UVB is not provided, they will receive these vitamins and minerals through powdered supplements, which are commercially available. Dust their prey at each feeding with calcium, vitamin D3 and other vitamins.
*This care sheet contains only very basic information. If you are new to PacMan Frogs, please do additional research to obtain additional information from more detailed care sheets.