Pacman Frog

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Pacman Frog Care Sheet

Image by Mike Baird

Image by Mike Baird

Also known as the Argentine or Ornate Horned Frog (Ceratophrys ornata), the more common name for this popular pet is the Pacman Frog, thanks to its impressively wide mouth and generally squat, rounded body making it resemble the video game character.

Caring for one of these frogs doesn’t require a huge amount of effort and they’re suitable for even beginner frog owners, but they are large frogs and can live for a decade or more in captivity, so it’s a long term commitment to a creature that, while interesting, is generally not all that active. The exception to its activity levels comes with food – Pacman Frogs will eat pretty much anything you put in front of them, up to and including rats if that’s what you give them!

These are terrestrial frogs that are surprisingly poor swimmers, and one of the biggest risks with keeping them is actually the possibility of them drowning in their own water bowl, which many owners sadly don’t realize until it’s too late. With this fact in mind, it’s straightforward to set up a suitable habitat for your Pacman Frog as you don’t need to worry about the tricky process of building a semi-aquatic enclosure.