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Pac Man Frog Factoids

Origin

Argentina, Uruguay, Brazil

Size

Can grow to 8 inches.

Sex

Females larger

Temp

Room temp okay.  80o better.  

Attitude

Lunges.  Can bite you.

Substrate

Keep him wet.

Security

Hunkers in the gravel

Foods

Crickets, worms, fish

Longevity

10 years in captivity

Cleaning 

Weekly usually fine

Breeding After 70o, semi-dry hibernation
Hatching Few days after laying
Food Live blackworms
Threat Tadpoles cannibalistic
Prevention Separate each tadpole
Metamorphosis In about a month
Threat New frogs also cannibalistic

LA
If you like frogs that eat like pigs, you'll like Pac Man frogs.

Origins:  Also called the Argentine horned frog, this guy came from Argentina originally.  You probably guessed that.  Most of the ones we see these days were bred in captivity – obviously the albino versions are born in captivity.  The albinos would probably not survive in the wild.  They would not blend in as well as the regular greens and browns and would be eaten.

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Year-old Pac Man frog kept over coconut litter.  Messy.  Almost can't tell it's an albino.

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Pac Man frogs clean up pretty good, tho.  Nice red eyes.

 

Cage:  Most Pac Man frogs appear on the market about the size of a quarter -- some as small as a nickel.  Within half a year, they can grow to 5 or 6 inches.  Give them a 10-gallon tank.  Since they cannot jump very far because of their heavy weight, you will not need a cover unless you need to protect your frog from other animals – such as a cat or young child.  Plastic "critter cages" make good starter cages.

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Pac Mans (Men?) come in green, brown, and albino.

Security.  Provide a layer of gravel or sphagnum moss for your Pac Man to scrunch down into.  They need to hide from bigger frogs and other predators as they wait for their prey to wander near.

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Yes, a Pac Man frog  is in there.  He's hiding from YOU as he hibernates.

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Pry him out and he's still hard to see.  His substrate's too dry and sticks to him.

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We poured a quart of water on him and everyone's happy -- especially the Pac Man frog.

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We prefer substrates that contrast with your critter's color.  Your Pac Man frog shows better.

Substrate.  Same comments as above.  Keep your substrate moist to keep your Pac Man moist.  He breathes thru his skin.  The thicker your substrate, the less you see of your Pac Man.  Lighter substrate will rinse down the drain faster than heavier substrates.  Clean it often.

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One-incher.

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2 incher.

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Same guy.

Temperature:  A small heating pad or well placed incandescent bulb will keep these guys at 80o.  At this temperature, they stay more active and grow faster.  Lower temps make their metabolisms slower and make them more susceptible to disease.  Warm herptiles stay happier.

Temperament:  Not a mixer.  These guys eat anything they can swallow – even each other.  Horned frogs can eat frogs nearly the same size as themselves.  Do not try to keep two together -- not even the same size.  The more aggressive one will eat the other.

Sexing:  Immaterial when young.  After a year or so, your females will grow larger.  Many male frogs and toads will croak if you grasp them from behind like a potential frog lover.  Try it.  Male Pac Mans are supposed to croak when misted.  Also look for darker arms on in the mood males.

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Albino Pac Man frog -- hungry, of course -- a little over one-inch long.

Maximum Size.  Theoretically, females can grow to 8 inches.  Most males grow to about 5 inches.  Most females grow to six inches.

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Horned frogs love small goldfish -- even before they turn gold.  Look at their mouths closely.

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Bigger Pac Mans eat bigger goldfish.

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And they do get used to handling.

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They don't like it but will put up with it.  (They will bite you.)

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Just don't wave your tasty looking fingers in his face.

Foods:  Not real picky.  If it moves, Pac Man frogs will try to eat it.  If it will fit in their cavernous mouth, they will swallow it.  For this reason, we prefer to use smaller gravels or sand as a substrate, since they eat gravel when eagerly grabbing their prey.  They can pass the smaller gravel through their digestive system more easily.  Most try to spit out any gravel accidentally ingested.  Others try to scrape it out with their front feet.  And remember, Pac Mans eat other Pac Mans.  This can present a problem at breeding time.

 

Supplements:  Since they grow so fast, Pac Man frogs may need a calcium supplement with vitamin D3 to help their bones grow.  You can dust their crickets or earthworms.  Warning:  Don’t overdo the vitamins.  If you feed them an occasional goldfish or small rodent, you probably don’t need supplements.  Goldfish make a good food.  Their bones give the frogs the calcium they need for their growing bones.  Feed them a variety of foods.

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One-incher.

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One-inch red, called a fantasy frog.

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Stand him on his butt and he can't move.

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tw0 incher..

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Two-incher (almost).

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2.5 incher.

Lighting:  Horned frogs like to eat during the day.  Full-spectrum light would be great.  However, they probably don’t need it if you occasionally feed them foods with internal skeletons (fish and mice) or give them supplements.

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If nothing else, just pour a quart of water on your Pac Man frog weekly.

Water:  Provide enough water to keep your frog wet (or at least moist) -- most important for the little guys.  Since water evaporates (about an inch per week), you'll need to replace it often.  Clean it often.  All that food that goes in his humongous mouth comes out the other end.  Heavier substrates are easier to clean.  Lighter substrates will need frequent replacement.

Furnishings:  Use live or real plants to help your Pac Man frog “hide.”  Vegetation helps your frog feel more secure and makes your cage look better.

Handling:  Handle your Pac Man frog as little as possible.  They like to bite.  However, your handling bothers their skin more than their bite bothers you.  Use a “frog scoop” to pick him up when you clean him.

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See you later.

LA
But let's finish with a "clean" one.  They're pretty (for a frog).

Last Word:  Always wash your hands thoroughly after handling your Pac Man frog or any amphibian.  You don't want any slime getting in your eyes.  LA.

Josette Gijo, September 1, 2008
Nice page you have. Yes, there is a lack of PacMan pages.
I wanted to send you a photo of Mr. Peeps (the one in the hat). Just for the chuckle. He talks whenever I pet him. Stops when I stop. He never runs and actually tries to crawl up my arm when I try to put him back. He really likes eye rubs, all that yuck that gets stuck due to skin loss. I think he must be the exception to the rule. There is also a cute video of Peeps and the Albino I have doing a dirty deed. J
I have 5 of them all different colors. They are great aren’t they? Here is an old picture of my other PacMan eating a bullfrog.
I do house them in 10 gallons separately except for cleaning day, and then they can play, while I clean the other tanks. I have to feed them first of course.
They usually eat large feeder fish, one has eaten mice. One ate a bullfrog. I take them out to a feeding bowl. When they are done eating, I put them back. I do this to prevent them eating gravel and from not eating due to it being hard work to catch lunch. They usually eat 2-3 large feeders within a half hour, every 2 or 3 days.
Just wanted to share, due to the lack of decent frog pages.
Keep up the good work.

JG

JG 

JG

A:  Thanks for the photos and report.  I added them to my Pac Man page.  LA

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Hefty albino Argentine horned frog -- Pac Man



 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Same dude blending into mulyi-color gravel (like camouflage).



 

 

 

 

 

 

 



Same dude blending into mulyi-color gravel (like camouflage).

 

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