Pacman frogs are large, round frogs with big mouths plus some yellow skin color — think Pac-Man, the video game phenomenon of the early 1980s. Pacman frogs (genus Ceratophrys) can also be called ornate horned frogs and South American horned frogs. At maturity, female pacmans can reach 7 inches long and 7 inches wide Males are small compared to females, reaching as much as 4 inches across. You can keep no more than one pacman in a tank, because the creatures are cannibalistic. Owning a pacman frog is a long-term commitment; an individual can live to be fifteen years old.
Pacman frogs are generally inactive, so they don’t require a lot of space. A 10- to 20-gallon aquarium using a tight-fitting lid is enough. Lay a substrate of sphagnum moss, peat moss or coir deep enough to your specimens to burrow in. Pacmans spend the majority of their time buried approximately their eyes in the damp substrate. Live plants provide hiding places and assist to maintain humidity levels.
Water and Humidity
Pacman frogs don’t drink plenty of water, they absorb moisture through their skin. Bury a shallow bowl of chlorine-free water to a depth that’s level with all the substrate so your frogs can easily walk into it for soaking. Pacmans don’t swim; they can drown in deep water. Maintain the substrate damp by misting it one or two times daily. Spray it more regularly in the event you live in a dry climate or maybe your house is air-conditioned.
Temperature and Lighting
Pacman frogs are cold-blooded animals who can’t regulate themselves temperatures. They’re comfortable in ambient temperatures of 65 to 85 degrees Fahrenheit. Place your tank from direct sunlight to stop overheating. Broad-spectrum lighting is helpful to plants and frogs. Provide 12 hours of light and 12 hours of darkness daily.
Pacman frogs have big appetites; they’ll will eat anything that moves. Careful feeding, though: They’ll bite at fingers, mistaking them for food. Pacmans eat only live food, ambushing their prey. Small frogs require a varied diet of crickets, mealworms and waxworms. Feed your pacmans daily, and dust the feeders with vitamin powder almost every other day. Medium frogs will eat pinkie mice, while large frogs enjoy small mice and pinkie rats every 2 or 3 days.
Clean the pacman’s tank at least one time every week. Wash the hands before handling your pacman frog — because oils on human skin can be toxic to him — and after handling him to lessen risk of salmonella poisoning. Gently remove him through the tank and place him in another container. Remove the substrate from the tank. Clean the tank with hot water and rinse the plants. Don’t use soap or detergent. Clean the substrate before replacing it, or use new substrate.
Keep the pacman frog’s habitat damp all the time, although not wet. If the substrate becomes dry as well as your frog appears to be dead, attempt to rehydrate him. When a pacman frog becomes dehydrated, his outer skin gets dry and tough as his body qdfwly measures to conserve moisture. He becomes motionless and appears to have died. He may be alive. In the event you rehydrate him before death occurs, he’ll shed his outer skin and eat it.