Welcome to our PacMan Frog Care Sheet!
Our goal is to provide helpful resources where PacMan frog enthusiasts can find all the information needed to be successful. We hope this will be the go-to resource for keeping PacMan frogs as pets.
This PacMan Frog Care Sheet covers everything needed for raising healthy and happy PacMan frogs. Each page of the PacMan Frog Care Sheet is on a different husbandry topic. We cover each step of PacMan frog husbandry – from selecting a healthy PacMan frog to a nutritious feeding schedule. It is important for a beginner to read as much information as possible before bringing the PacMan frog home.
First, let’s cover some basic PacMan frog information.
Introduction to PacMan Frogs
PacMan frogs come from the humid jungle areas of South America. An adult male PacMan frog can reach a diameter of about four to five inches. A female can grow to be about six to seven inches in diameter. They can be found in many popular pet stores and have a wide range of different colorations and breeds. A life span of 10 to 15 years for a PacMan frog is not uncommon under ideal living conditions.
PacMan frogs get their nickname because of their ferocious appetite. They gobble up food like PacMan from the popular video game of the 1980’s. Horned frog is another name of PacMan frogs because of the horn-like features above the eyes. These “horns” help to keep debris out of the eyes and protect the eyes when snatching food items.
The most popular PacMan frogs are the Ceratophys cranwelli. The Ceratophys cranwelli is typically green and brown in color, but can vary from frog to frog. There are also albino Ceratophys cranwelli that typically come in a beautiful yellow and orange color. The Ceratophys ornata, or Ornate PacMan Frog, is also a very popular frog. It features green and brown colorations with markings of bright red around the eyes and body.
In recent years the “Fantasy Frog” has gained popularity due to beautiful colorations and striking appearance. A Ceratophys cranwelli bred with a Ceratophys cornuta creates a Fantasy Frog.
The PacMan Frog Lifestyle
PacMan frogs bury down into the leaf litter on the jungle floor with nothing but their eyes above ground. They patiently wait for an insect or small animal to pass by for a meal. They use their large, powerful jaws to clamp down on food until the prey stops moving. At this time, the PacMan frog swallows the food whole in a couple big gulps. PacMan frogs will eat almost anything it can swallow in the wild – from large insects to baby mice. Providing a nutritious and varied diet is very important for these little eating machines. We will get into the foods of a PacMan frog a little later.
PacMan frogs generally live a sedentary life and do not move around much. They like to stay buried in one spot for days or even weeks at a time. Since PacMan frogs are terrestrial and not very active, they are relatively simple to care for.
This ease of care is one reason they make great first-time pets. PacMan frogs only need a simple terrarium, or small storage container for good housing.
PacMan frogs don’t have elaborate care demands, but it’s important to replicate their native environment as much as possible. Proper housing, heating, and diet should be provided for successful PacMan frog husbandry.
Now that we know a little basics of the PacMan frog, next we will discuss their housing requirements!