Pacman – Green Apple Spot Frog (c.b. babies)
Pacman frogs, also known as Horned Frogs due to the presence of horn-like fleshy extensions on the top of their eyes, belong to the Ceratophrys genus.
Origin: Pacman frogs are native to most of the South American rain forests in Brazil, Uruguay, and Argentina.
Size and Longevity:
These hardy species of frogs make excellent pets, even though they can grow fairly big, to about 6 inches in length for females and about 5 inches in the case of males.
While it is easy to describe the non-albino species of this genus, the best way perhaps to describe the albino Pacman Frog is that it is fat, with a wide mouth, stubby legs and of course the horn-like extensions right behind its eyes.
The non-albino versions are usually colored in shades between green and brown that offer the best camouflage in its natural habitat. They have irregular patterns of lighter or darker colors that make them resemble dead leaves, and other forest-floor litter, making them quite hard to find for their predators.
While Pacman frogs rely on their camouflage to hide from their predators, they are not so fearful when they come in contact with larger animals, including humans.
Pacman frogs have been known to attack larger animals when they get stressed and pack quite a punch in their bite. So when you want to take them in your hand you want to be careful. You must try and avoid handling this frog as much as possible and do so only if it is absolutely inevitable.
While cleaning the terrarium, you could use a frog scoop you can buy from your pet store to scoop the guy out and land him in a small bowl of water.
Habitat and Caging Requirements:
Pacman frogs grow to large sizes but since they are also equally heavy, they can’t jump like bullfrogs or any other frog species for that matter and are not the most active of frog species. This makes them ideal for a home without much space for a large terrarium. A standard 10-gallon tank would suit them very well.
While designing their terrarium, you must consider their natural habit of burrowing into the ground to ambush their prey as well as hide from their predators.
A big note however would be that a 20 or a 40 gallon tank can not house two Pacman frogs. Or even any other frog for that matter since these guys crown themselves as king of the jungle the moment they set foot into it. They will attack and eat anything that moves in their vicinity.
Pacman frogs are at their healthiest when they are in a habitat that is closest to their home in the rain forest – warm and humid.
The high humidity is important for another reason as well. The frogs breathe through their skin and for which, they need to keep their skin as wet as possible. An arid climate will dry the skin of the frog and can cause its death in the process. Maintaining a relative humidity of about 80% does this froggy a world of good.
The habitat ecology and substrate
Albino Pacman Frogs need a slightly different decor to their terrarium, than most other pet frogs. While designing their home, it is best to remember that they are
Huge when compared to other species
Sedate and do not move around too much
Shy creatures (need hiding places lots of them)
Like to burrow into the ground
This would require your terrarium to be
The Soil and substrate:
You must also make sure your frogs substrate is nice and moist, as it helps the frog in retaining the moisture on its skin.
Props and plants:
1. You will need to thoroughly de-chlorinate the water you use in the terrarium, both for the frogs pond as well as for misting. Frogs are extremely sensitive to acidic environments and can die very quickly if you use water with chlorine or any other impurities.
It is best to use either fresh rain water or tap water, treated with a standard de-chlorinator and left overnight to become slightly stale. You can get a de-chlorinator from your local pet store or from the shopping page of this website.
2. If you are using a filter, make sure it is small, as larger filters remove small organisms that help maintain a pH closer to 7 (7 on the pH scale is absolute neutral that is neither acidic nor alkaline).
3. If you are unsure about anything related to your frog, please contact your pet store. Its always better safe than sorry.
Temperature and Lighting Requirements:
The Pacman frogs need a photo-cycle of about 12 hours, and like to feed during the day. With an electrical timer-triggered fluorescent or daylight lamp, you can easily give this frog all the light it needs.
Since they don’t have any specific spectral requirements, you can use a full-spectrum or white light to light up the terrarium