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The Pac Man frog, also called the Horned Frog have distinctive features such as a round shape and very large mouth, which resembles one of the most popular video game characters, of course, Pac Man. The later of the names, Horned Frog derives from the presence of horn-like fleshy knobs at the top of their eyes.

Pac Man Frogs can live eight to ten years on. For the most part, they are round, and love sitting idle in a single spot for lengthy period of times, only moving to capture food or taking a restroom break.

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Pac Man Frogs are great pets and don’t require a lot of living space. A decent ten to twenty gallon aquarium with a lid is more than sufficient while still giving your Pacman Frog a lot of space. They are typically inactive and more of an observe-type of pet, rather than a handling type of pet. Lay a substrate of sphagnum moss, or peat moss and allow for a depth to allow your Pac Man to burrow itself. Pacmans spend most of their time buried up to eye-point in the damp substrate. Consider live plants which will provide hiding places and help to maintain humidity levels.

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Pac Man Frog will spend a significant amount of time burrowing, usually in a damp leaf litter. While in captivity, its generally a good idea to line the inner housing with paper or smooth rocks, but you must provide a leaf litter or moss and some plants – preferably live plants as they will borrow or hide in this area. Also, keep in mind that the Pac Man frog comes from a humid environment, so the substrate should be misted daily to help maintain humidity. Be sure to provide a shallow bowl of water for your pet and clean provide fresh, cleaning water daily.

Be sure to maintain a temperature of about eighty-two degrees Fahrenheit during wake hours and about seventy- eight degrees Fahrenheit during sleep hours. We suggest using an under-tank heater to keep your pet warm as incandescent bulbs will likely evaporate moisture.

For lighting purposes, a fluorescent fixture may be used, however, the Pac Man Frog will prefer subdued lighting and regular room lighting may be enough. We do suggest a twelve-hour light period followed by a twelve-hour night period for rest. There has been some controversy around the use of full spectrum lighting, which we won’t get into here, but it’s use isn’t strictly necessary if a balanced diet is provided. To help prevent overheating of your Frog’s habitat, the enclosure should be placed away from direct sunlight.

You will have to place some effort into dehydration prevention for your Pac Man Frog as this is leading cause of death for this species. Ensure you provide a water bowl that is large enough for your pet frog to submerge him or herself in, but not deep enough to cause it to drown. Rocks can be placed around the bowl to help your pet get into and out of the bowl. They will sit in the bowl often and will likely use it as a restroom, so ensure the bowl is cleaned filled with water on daily basis. Petwarehouse suggests using purified or bottled water instead of tap water.

Mist your pet’s environment a couple of times a week to ensure your frog is properly hydrated and to ensure it lives a long healthy life.

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Pac Man Frogs are notorious for their laziness and prefer to be left in alone in their habitat. We do not suggest handling a Pac Man Frog too frequently as some of them are grumpy and because they are one of the few species of frogs with teeth. In addition, be sure to wash your hands before and after handling your pet frog because they are sensitive to oils that may be on your hands. Be sure there is no lotion or soapy residue on your hands before handling.

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Pac Man Frogs prefer humidity, so paper towels as a substrate will for fine and are probably your best bet for hatchlings, that have just completed metamorphosis. You can also use non-fertilized potting soil or commercially made bed-a-beast. An attractive substrate includes Sphagnum moss. Loose substrate needs to be avoided for the young because if they ingest too much, the can become impacted which can result in death. Adults are less at risk of impaction because they have a stronger digestive system and larger bodies.


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Pac Man Frogs will not eat dead prey, however, if it moves and providing they can catch it, they will immensely enjoy it. Worms, crickets and other small prey make up the bulk of the frog’s diet. They have also been known to eat pink mice and even guppies. Any uneaten prey should be removed from the enclosure on the next day to prevent dead insects from polluting the environment. Its also a good idea to add a little calcium or multivitamin powder onto any prey provided for your pet. Larger, adult frogs can be fed less frequently while small Pac Man frogs need a daily intake. As a general rule of thumb, if you find that your frog is getting to big, feed it less frequently to maintain a healthy body mass.


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Some will suggest cleaning and replenishing your pets water bowl once every second day. We here at Petwarehouse take every precaution to ensure your pet remains healthy and active. As a result, we highly recommend cleaning and replenishment for this species, every day. Soiled paper towels should be removed and loose substrates replaced after four months. Cleanup is a very basic process. Don’t forget to mist the cage frequently – at least two or three times a week.


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Breeding Pacmans, just as with other pet’s is a rewarding experience, but you must be prepared and fully understand and implement a good strategy. Females are somewhat larger than males, and will not croak during the breeding season. Males on the other hand will croak to call females, and are a bit smaller. Prior to allowing them to frolic within their enclosure and hope that some eggs will magically appear, there are a couple of items that are note-worthy of doing.

Males and females must go through a two to three month dry spell. Full a cage with sphagnum moss, at least a good four inches. Thoroughly mist the cage and moss, but do not mist it after that. Use a water bowl for them to drink if they choose to. They will likely burrow themselves in moss and most likely stay there. Maintain temperatures at seventy degrees Fahrenheit and keep in mind that during this time, they will not eat. During this time period they go from very dry and cold to warm and wet.

Next, we will have to imitate the rain showers in spring. Place them in ten gallon tank filled with water so they can support themselves. Provide logs and rocks which will allow them to be fully out of the water. Next step is mimic rain. This is the easiest if you setup a filter that takes water from the tank, and sprays it back into the tank and onto your frogs. This will help your frogs become intimate and will eventually lead your frogs to lay eggs.

After awhile, they will mate and lay eggs, Aquatic plants, both real and fake, will provide an excellent place for the clusters to attach to. Once all the eggs are laid, adults should be removed and put back in a regular tank, separate.


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Eggs will hatch in relatively quick time – typically two to three days. More water should be added to the tank and the pump used for the rain can be turned off. Taking care of your tadpoles will be a chore and will eat cage mates. Ensure your tadpoles have enough to eat and keep them separate into approximate size groups. Your tadpoles will grow rapidly so you will have to group them every few days or so. You may feed them tubifex worms if you wish.

The conversion process from a tadpoles to frog will take about four weeks. They will need a place to climb out of the water as they develop legs as well. During this stage, cannibalism will increase, so separating them into jars may work better during this stage. Young frogs are not picky eaters and will essentially eat anything that moves. Be sure to feed them crickets, small gold fish and mealworms.

Breeding is a very rewarding experience, but its also a time consuming task. Be sure you are well prepared prior to embarking on your journey. Preparation will make it easier and much more rewarding.

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