Caring For A Pacman Frog

World Frog Day is March 20th! Frogs aren’t the most popular pets, but they do have some fans. One of the most popular pet frogs is the Pacman frog, also known as the South American horned frog, Argentine horned frog, and Argentine wide-mouthed frog. A Lexington, KY vet offers some tips on caring for these cute amphibians below.


Pacmans are fairly large frogs. These guys come in several colors, from including green, yellow, and even pink and blue. They’re pretty round, and are about 6 inches in froggy ‘diameter’. They have a way of looking perpetually unimpressed, which is actually pretty cute, and can live about 6 years with good care.


Pacman frogs don’t need huge tanks. A 20-gallon tank should be suitable for one. (Note: you don’t want to house more than one together, as these guys tend to eat their roommates.) For substrate, you can use paper and/or smooth stones. You’ll also want to add leaf litter and a few plants. As for accessories, your buddy will need a bowl of water, which Pac Man will use for both drinking and lounging in.


As far as conditions, Pac Man will need humidity levels between 50 and 80 percent. You’ll need to spritz the substrate with water daily. The temperature should be around 82F during the day, though it can be a little cooler at night. An under-tank heater is recommended, as an overhead one may dry your frog out. For lighting, your best bet is likely a UVA/UVB fluorescent lighting on a 12-hour cycle. Ask your vet for specific advice.


One good thing about Pacman frogs? They’re not picky eaters. Juveniles can eat things like mealworms, waxworms, and other creepy-crawlies. You’ll need to dust them with nutritional powder first. As your pet grows, his menu can also include things like pinky mice and even smaller frogs. Ask your vet for recommendations.


Like any other pet, Pacman frogs are susceptible to illness and injury. They are particularly prone to infections. Watch for warning signs, such as redness, swelling, or pus. Other signs of sickness include lack of appetite, drooling, and wheezing. Many illnesses are treatable, so bring your pet to the vet immediately if you notice anything amiss.

Do you have questions about frog care? Contact us, your Lexington, KY pet hospital, today! We’re hoppy to help!

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