Welcome to the Housing section of the PacMan frog Care Sheet. In this section we will discuss the size and features of correct housing to provide a PacMan frog. We will also go over the proper materials and maintenance of the terrarium. Continue reading to learn about PacMan frog housing requirements.
Providing proper PacMan frog housing is a very important part of properly raising a PacMan frog. They spend most of their sedentary life buried in the jungle floor. PacMan frogs stay in one spot hidden for long periods of time waiting to snatch passing food. PacMan frogs do not generally require an elaborate terrarium set-up.
Let’s go over a few things to consider when selecting a good home for a PacMan frog.
Size and Features of PacMan Frog Housing
PacMan frog terrariums should offer more surface area than height due to not being climbers. Adult PacMan frogs grow to almost the size of your hand, and stay in one spot for long periods of time. This means they do not require large set-ups. A 20-gallon long aquarium (Amazon.com) would suffice for one adult PacMan frog.
Use caution housing more than one PacMan frog in the same terrarium. If one PacMan frog is larger than the other(s), it may attempt to eat the smaller one. If housing multiple PacMan frogs in one terrarium make sure they are fairly equal in size.
Keep in mind each adult PacMan frog needs at least one square foot of space per frog at a minimum.
A very popular item used today for PacMan frog housing is the Exo Terra 18″ x 18″ x 18″ All-Glass Terrarium (Amazon.com). It is the perfect size for an adult PacMan frog (male or female). The terrarium features a screen top (Amazon.com), handy doors on the front for easy access, and wire/tube inlets for heating devices or water features.
The ideal PacMan frog housing should also be able to accommodate any devices needed to keep the PacMan frog healthy, happy, and safe. It is important to maintain proper temperatures, humidity, and also supply some lighting for a great terrarium appearance.
Proper Materials for PacMan Frog Housing
Glass or acrylic are the best materials to use for a PacMan frog terrarium. A 6 quart plastic storage container (Amazon.com) is a very basic form of housing. This type of housing is cheap, light, and very easy to maintain. It is the preferred method of housing for breeders and enthusiasts that house multiple PacMan frogs.
The optimal PacMan frog housing for showing off a PacMan frog is an attractive glass terrarium with a realistic, yet functional environment.
Select materials that can withstand wet, humid conditions. It is very important to avoid using any material that could be toxic or otherwise harm the PacMan frog. Avoid using organic materials that can cause mold in humid areas. Housing materials such as wood, sheetrock, or cardboard are not recommended.
Accessibility of the PacMan Frog Housing
Accessibility is an important consideration to make when selecting a PacMan frog home. Easy accessibility is key for feeding the PacMan frog and performing regular maintenance, such as changing out the water or changing the substrate.
If using a plastic storage container or a fish aquarium, the only way to access the terrarium is from the top. The Exo Terra All-Glass Terrarium offers access from the top and from the front via swing-out doors. Feeding the PacMan frog and performing routine maintenance is a breeze with easy access to the inside of the terrarium.
Ease of Maintenance of the PacMan Frog Housing
Just like simple accessibility, ease of maintenance is also important. The housing should be easy to maintain and clean. Cleanliness is critical because
unsanitary housing can harbor harmful bacteria and undesirable odors.
Selecting PacMan Frog Housing
Think about these factors when selecting a home for a PacMan frog:
- How the terrarium will be set-up?
- What heating and/or water devices will be used?
- What substrate will be used?
- How will the terrarium be maintained?
Develop an efficient and effective plan for routine maintenance. Selecting the appropriate housing will help with that process. Choosing a terrium that is difficult to maintain could become more work than enjoyment. Keep things easy and relatively simple.
Next we will discuss the lighting required for a PacMan frog.