Ornate Horned Frog

Ornate Horned Frog

The Ornate Horned Frog is more commonly known as the Pacman frog because of its rounded body and huge mouth. This frog is native to South America and is terrestrial. It can’t swim very well, and can even drown in its water bowl if it is deep enough.

The Ornate Horned Frog is a pretty big frog. It can reach 6-7 inches in length, with the males slightly smaller than the females. As a result, it has a very large appetite. It will eat anything that moves.

Although this frog is sometimes thought of as aggressive, it only bites when threatened.

A 10 gallon reptile aquarium is big enough for a Pacman frog. They don’t need a bigger tank despite their size, because they are not very active. The tank should have a lid; these frogs are not likely to escape, but a lid will help control temperature and humidity. Pacman frogs should be kept singly since they will eat other tank mates.

Line the tank with paper or smooth rocks, leaf litter, moss and some plants (live or artificial) for the frog to hide in. These should be misted daily. A shallow water dish should be placed in the warmest part of the cage and surrounded with plants. The temperature should be kept around 82 F (28 C) during the day, dropping to around 78 F (25 C) at night. Regular room light is probably enough and additional light unnecessary. Keep the tank away from direct sunlight to avoid overheating.

Young frogs eat every 2-3 days, while adult frogs can usually eat less often. As the frog gets older, it can eat larger prey.

The Ornate Horned Frog has a lifespan of 5-7 years, so keep in mind when you adopt one that you are in for a long-term commitment.

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