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Green Pacman Frog (Ceratophrys cranwelli)
A.K.A. Cranwell’s Horned Frog
Green Pacman Frogs, also known as Horned Frogs because of hornlike projections above their eyes, are medium-sized, fat frogs. They are green with brown splotches. Males grow up to 5 inches in length, while females are slightly larger, growing up to 6 inches long. Males may also have a dark “beard” under their chin. They can live up to 6-10 years in captivity. Because these frogs may bite, they are not recommended for beginner amphibian owners.
Habitat and Tank Requirements:
This species is native to the South American rainforests. They do well with plenty of live plants and other things for them to climb, such as wood and rocks. Use soil, a soil/sand mix, or finely ground coconut husk for a substrate and some use a large aquarium gravel. Keep the substrate moist at all times.
Approximately 1/3 of their tank should be water. You can either use an under-gravel filtration system or clean the water every 2-3 days. You can use a small bowl just deep enough for the frogs to submerge themselves. If you decide to go with a filter, use common sense: a pump that is too small will leave the water dirty, while a too-powerful pump with filter out the microorganisms needed to maintain a healthy pH.
Be sure there are no openings in the tank through which the frog can escape. A hole large enough for a frog to stick its head out of is large enough for it to escape.
Since they aren’t very active, Green Pacman Frogs can be kept in a 10-15 gallon tank, however, as with all frogs, do not keep different species of frogs in the same tank. There is a risk of disease and parasites being spread between species, even if the carrier frog does not show any symptoms. Because they tend to cannibalize other frogs, they should be kept by themselves.
The comfortable temperature range for these frogs is 77-84º F during the day and as low as 62º F at night. LEDs or other low-wattage light bulbs work best for maintaining these temperatures. These frogs need a 12 hours of light a day, so a light with a timer works best.
Green Pacman Frogs are insectivorous and will feed on small crickets, fruit flies, mealworms, wax worms, and any other insect small enough for them to ingest. They will also eat fish and even pinky mice. It is recommended that food be dusted with calcium to prevent bone softening. These frogs pounce at their prey and can bite, so be careful when feeding them.
Allow your frog time to become accustomed to its new home before handling them extensively. Handling them little by little over a period of time lets the animal get used to you and reduces stress. These frogs can be aggressive and can bite, so do not handle extensively. When cleaning their cage, it’s advised to scoop them into a small dish rather than handling them directly.