I own several species of reptiles ranging from bearded dragons to Argentine black-and-white tegu.
Pacman Frogs as Pets
Pacman frogs have become a common pet in the reptile/amphibian community. There are several different "morphs" of pacman frogs, such as the green, albino, strawberry, and brown variants of the pacman.
How big do they get?
They have a voracious appetite and get quite large. Due to their exceptional size, their popularity has increased. Pacman frogs can get up to 6.5" in circumference, and females are typically larger than males.
Temperature & Humidity
Ideal temperatures for daytime should be in the range of 74° to 82° F.
What is the ideal humidity?
Humidity should be kept between 60% and 80%.
What temperatures do they prefer?
Most often, frogs tend to like temperatures between 76° to 80° F. Night temperatures should be no lower than 73° F.
A UTH (under tank heater) may be used for heat on one end of the enclosure. *Note: The UTH should be placed on the SIDE of the enclosure and not the bottom.
Why does a pacman burrow?
If a pacman frog is burrowing itself relatively deep in the substrate, it may be trying to avoid the heat or the cold. You will have to adjust your temperatures until your frog is comfortable.
If you notice your frog burrowing deep, sleeping for long periods of time, or starting to have skin that looks dry and shell-like, your frog is going into estivation (like hibernation), and you should adjust your temperature and humidity to stop this.
Feeding and Water
Pacman frogs do well on a diet consisting of a variety of vitamin/calcium dusted insects such as crickets, roaches, earthworms, and hornworms.
There are also quite a few commercial brand pacman frog foods that state they are a complete diet for pacman Frogs. These can be found on Amazon or in your local pet store.
As pacman frogs grow, the introduction to pinkie and fuzzy mice can begin. Only feed your pacman frog pinkies or fuzzies once a month. Adults should be fed about two to three times a week, and juvenile pacmans should be offered food on a daily basis to help them grow and thrive. They may or may not eat daily, it depends on the food size and type offered and the frog's appetite.
Pacman Frogs are NOT aquatic frogs and they will drown if kept in water only.
Water dishes should be large so the frog can get into it and soak, however, they should be shallow enough to where the water does not go past the frog's chin.
Calcium with D3 should be provided twice a week.
Reptile vitamins should be provided once a week.
Food items should be dusted lightly with supplements. This ensures that the frog gets the needed nutrients and minerals required to grow and thrive.
Housing & Substrate
Pacman frogs are SOLITARY animals. Cannibalism is common among pacman frogs, so they should always be kept one frog per enclosure.
How large of an enclosure?
A five to ten-gallon aquarium is perfect for a pacman frog to live in. These frogs do not move all that much and do not require a large enclosure. Alternatively, storage totes can be used as an enclosure.
Pacman frogs need a water dish large enough for the frog to sit in for soaking. Fresh, clean water should always be available as well as daily misting of the enclosure.
Live plants can be used in Pacman frog enclosures to help with maintaining humidity, however, Pacman frogs dig into their substrate which could lead to uprooting plants. Pothos plants are a great plant for a Pacman frog enclosure as they can withstand moist environments.
The commonly preferred substrate for these frogs are coco-coir or Bed-a-Beast (coco fiber) moistened. 2" to 3" is the minimum depth recommended for horned frog terrariums to maintain proper humidity levels. The substrate should be kept moist, not muddy or swamp-like.
Spot clean as needed and clean completely at least every month while checking daily for any mold or other growths within the substrate.
Pacman frogs are a great pet for anyone to keep. They are a beginner level pet and do well when provided with adequate husbandry.
This is just a basic summary of the care pacman frogs require. It is strongly suggested that potential pacman frog owners do as much research as possible on the species before acquiring them, just like any animal.
This article is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge. It is not meant to substitute for diagnosis, prognosis, treatment, prescription, or formal and individualized advice from a veterinary medical professional. Animals exhibiting signs and symptoms of distress should be seen by a veterinarian immediately.
© 2017 Becca
Faith on June 13, 2019:
I love reptiles and really want a pac man frog so this article helped a lot
firstname.lastname@example.org on August 29, 2018:
I would love to have one as a pet, I am ill and had to rehome my 2 cats.
winter on June 02, 2018:
this so helpful I love pac man frogs