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I want to buy a pacman frog but I have a 10gal hex and I was wanting to know if he will be ok in it or not. I know they don't move very much but I want it to work really bad.


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Hi, Stephanie. I don't know much about the pacman frogs, but if I remember right, they get pretty big and that's why I decided against one. In any case, when setting up a tank for a frog, you need to do alot of research. All of my frogs are set up in terrariums with live plants and little ponds... you need to allow room for that. If you want a quick answer, you can do two things, you can go to your pet store, and hope you get someone knowlegable to the frog you want and hope that they can fill you in on what the frog will need, but I would also suggest that you google the pacman frog and find out on your own what he will need for his cage. That way, you won't get him home and find out that you won't be able to care for him down the road. They can be quite the hefty little eaters if I remember right. But, then again, I already have 16 other little frogs that I am feeding! I just couldn't afford him too! LOL. Best wishes with your findings. Keep me updated. And, welcome to the forum! Charlene


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Talking YEA! Found the information you are looking for :)

Pacman Frogs (Ornate Horned Frogs) as Pets

Introduction and Care

By Lianne McLeod, DVM, About.com

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This frog is relatively common in the pet trade, and gets its common (pet trade) name from the popular video game. The frog's generally rounded appearance and huge mouth led to the cute name. The frog's scientific name is Ceratophrys ornata, and it is also known as the ornate horned frog.
Pacman frogs are native to South America, and are terrestrial in nature. In fact, they are very poor swimmers and care must be taken that they do not drown in their water bowls.
These frogs are quite large, and can reach around 6-7 inches in length (15-17 cm), although males tend to be quite a bit smaller than females. They are generally about as wide as they are long, so are quite hefty for a frog. Their appetite matches their size, and they will pretty much eat anything that moves.
Pacman frogs have a reputation for being somewhat aggressive, which is largely undeserved. While they do sometimes bite, it is usually a case of the frog feeling threatened or simply confusing a finger with a food item.
Housing
Pacman frogs, despite their large size, are not very active and do not need a large cage. A 10 gallon tank is fine for one of these frogs. Because they will often try to eat cage mates, they should be kept singly. A cage top is recommended -- although they are not a huge risk for escapes, a cage top will help maintain temperature and humidity.
In the wild they spend much of their time in damp leaf litter. In captivity, the cage can be lined with paper or smooth rocks, as long as leaf litter or moss and some plants (live or artificial) are provided that the frog can burrow/hide in. They come from a humid environment so the substrate should be misted daily to help maintain humidity. In addition a shallow bowl of water should be provided. The dish must be fairly shallow (e.g. a ceramic saucer from a plant pot) to minimize the risk of the frog drowning.
Depending on how humid your tank is, the frog might spend much of its time in its water dish, so providing plants around the dish will help your frog feel secure. The water dish should also be in a warmer part of the cage.
The temperature should be kept around 82 F (28 C) during the day, dropping to around 78 F (25 C) at night. Heating is best supplied by an under tank heater as overhead incandescent bulbs can be too drying (although a red incandescent could be used if supplemental heat is needed at colder times).
For lighting, a fluorescent fixture can be used, although they might prefer more subdued lighting and regular room light may be enough. A 12 hour light - 12 hour dark cycle can be provided. The use of full spectrum lighting for amphibians is somewhat controversial but probably isn't strictly necessary if a balanced diet is provided. The tank should be away from direct sunlight, to prevent overheating.
Feeding
Pacman frogs are pretty easy to feed in that they are not usually fussy eaters. Smaller frogs can be fed insects such as crickets or other common pet store prey insects such as mealworms, wax worms etc. These should be gut loaded prior to feeding (see "Raising Crickets for Food"). As they grow, they can be fed pinkie (newborn) mice, and larger mice can be fed as the frog grows. Eventually they may take a medium sized mouse or pinkie rat. Guppies, a variety of insects, and even small frogs can also be fed. While small pacman frogs (eating insects) should be fed daily, larger frogs can be fed mice or feeder fish every 2-3 days. Adult frogs can probably be fed less frequently - the best guide is to feed based on your frog's body condition (if your frog is getting too round and fat, cut back how often it is fed).
Conclusion Pacman frogs are not terribly difficult to care for, so can make a good pet that is quite attractive and interesting. However, people who like their pets active or interactive may get tired of caring for a pacman frog. Considering a these frogs can live for 7 -10 years, getting one of these frogs amounts to a long term commitment.

This should answer all of your questions! Now, when you get your little guy, be sure you post pictures. Charlene


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Pacman frogs need a long tank, not a high tank. a normal 10gallon would be fine.

I personally kept mine in a 12 gallon glass tank with a mesh top, and an UTH on the side.

Even though many sites say that you can keep them in just water with some rocks, using a substance such as Eco-Earth is a much better choice. Coco fiber keeps humidity and allows the frog to burrow and hide.

Pacman frogs are not swimmers and can drown in the water bowl. Provide a shallow dish of dechlorinated water, only up to the frogs 'shoulders'.

NEVER USE MOSS.

Because of the way these frogs eat ingesting moss could be fatal to them.

If you would like to own a pacman frog do your research, pacmans are big eaters.

In your research I would recommend that you really look into there feeding and care.

Mice should only be fed once in a while, their high in fat.





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Question Stuck again

Ok now Ive had him for almost a week. He don't eat very many crickets so Im trying to give him a pinkie. I wave it infront of his face and he wont eat it. I just layed it there he wont eat it. I don't know what to do again. Please help


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Pacman's will eat anything that moves.And some will only take live.

New pacman's may not eat in till their settled in.

Whats your set up? Tank,substrate,heat etc...





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My set up is that bark stuff that you soak in water and have to spray it every day. that is laying in a 10gal long. big water bowl but shallow. an under tank heater. a few plants to hide under. a light that is on 12hrs during the day. large crickets that he barly eats.


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What type of light are you using? And how big is he?





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its a 50 watt and its the ones that stay in one spot. it don't shine over the whole tank. he is about 7 months still smaller than a baseball.


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Let him settle in and offer smaller food items.





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