Pac-Man Frogceratophrys ornata
Horned frogs come from the damp, humid forests of South America. Their name refers to the fact that the top of their head comes to a point over their eyes and looks like horns. They also have the nickname "Pac-Man Frog," after the popular video game.
Will reach adult size in 6-12 months, under ideal conditions; update habitat size as your frog grows.
A well-balanced Pac-Man Frog diet consists of:
- A variety of insects, including gut-loaded (recently fed) crickets and mealworms.
- Common goldfish; frozen, thawed rodents.
- If feeding your Frog live rodents, do not leave them unattended. Live rodents can injure the Frog, sometimes fatally.
Things to remember when feeding your Pac-Man Frog:
- Fresh, clean, chlorine-free water should be available at all times.
- Feed juveniles daily, adults 1-2 times a week; don’t feed frozen or live rodents until adult size.
- Sprinkle food with calcium supplement daily and a multi-vitamin supplement once or twice a week.
- Size – appropriate size habitat to accommodate Pac-Man Frog with normal behavior and exercise.
- Habitat - provide a hiding area. Maintain less than 70% humidity by misting as needed every day.
- Substrate - provide a deep substrate, such as commercial mulch, bark chips, large gravel, sphagnum moss, or sterile potting soil.
- Temperature - maintain an overall range of 68-80°F; use an under-tank heater at all times.
- Lighting - UVB rays with full spectrum lighting for 10-12 hours a day is required; low level UVB lighting is recommended, but provide hiding places to hide from light as needed.
- House Pac-Man Frogs separately and do not house different amphibian species together.
- Ambush predator that may need some enticing when feeding frozen, thawed rodents.
- Diurnal (awake during the day)
- Thoroughly clean the habitat at least once a week: place Toad in a secure habitat; scrub the tank and furnishings; rinse thoroughly with hot water; dry the tank and furnishings completely and add clean substrate.
Grooming & Hygiene
- Don’t handle unless necessary; always wear latex gloves when handling your Frog; residue or oil on your skin can harm amphibians; all amphibians secrete toxins. Do not allow Frog’s secretions to contact eyes, mouth, or open wounds. You can use an appropriate sized, small-mesh, soft net to move or block the Toad while doing habitat maintenance. Don’t be surprised to see your Toad eating his shed skin.
Signs of a Healthy Animal
- Active and alert
- Clear eyes
- Healthy skin
- Eats regularly and maintains weight
- skin lesions
- loss of appetite
- distressed breathing
- weight loss
- weak leg movements
- bloated abdomen
Common Health Issues
|Health Issue||Symptoms or Causes||Suggested Action|
|Health Issue Chemical intoxication||Symptoms or Causes Caused by exposure to soap, detergent, pesticides, etc.||Suggested Action Consult your exotic animal veterinarian and protect your amphibian from exposure.|
|Health Issue Intestinal obstruction||Symptoms or Causes Caused by swallowing gravel or by eating too many hard-shelled insects.||Suggested Action Consult with your exotic animal veterinarian; surgery may be required.|
|Health Issue Nutritional deficiencies||Symptoms or Causes Weak hind legs, lethargy, lighter or darker skin color.||Suggested Action Consult your exotic animal veterinarian and ensure varied diet; use vitamin and mineral supplements.|
|Health Issue Skin problems||Symptoms or Causes Abrasions, bacterial and fungal infections.||Suggested Action Consult with your exotic animal veterinarian.|
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Because all Frogs are potential carriers of infectious diseases, such as Salmonella, always wash your hands before and after handling your Frogs and/or habitat contents to help prevent the potential spread of diseases.
Pregnant women, children under the age of 5 and people with weakened immune systems should contact their physician before purchasing and/or caring for a Frog and should consider not having a Frog as a pet.
Go to the Centers for Disease Control at cdc.gov/healthypets for more information about Frogs and disease.
This care sheet can cover the needs of other species.
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Note: The information in this Care Sheet is not a substitute for veterinary care. If you need additional information, please refer to the sources on the following page or contact your veterinarian as appropriate.
Developed with and approved by a qualified veterinarian.