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Pacman Frog


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Traits & behavior

This means they eat mostly live insects.

This means they sleep during the day and are active at night.

Pac Man frogs are healthiest and happiest living alone.

One of the few frogs with teeth, Pac Man frogs will bite if startled or feeling threatened.

Things to remember

Always supervise children when they're observing your Pac Man frog.

Pac Man frogs have sensitive skin and do not enjoy being handled very much.

Food safety
Remove uneaten insects from the habitat the morning after an overnight feeding.

Safety & cleanliness
Please remember that all pets may bite or scratch, and may transmit disease to humans. Keep your pet's home clean and wash your hands before and after handling your pet or cleaning his home. Infants, young children, pregnant women, people with compromised immune systems, and the infirm or elderly are at greater risk of infections and should use caution when in contact with the pet or its habitat. Consult your doctor for more information.


Crickets & worms
Pac Man frogs eat small, live insects, like "gut loaded" (feed the insects a special supplement so they have extra nutrients) crickets, mealworms or wax worms.

Feeding frequency & amount
Feed juvenile frogs daily; adults 3-4 times a week. Offer an amount that can be consumed during their overnight feeding.

Calcium dust

You'll need to "dust" the insects with a calcium supplement twice a week - ask a PetSmart associate for details.

Since frogs absorb water through their skin, provide water in a shallow dish for soaking and change water daily. Also mist the surfaces inside the habitat twice a day to maintain humidity levels and to provide drinking water.


Signs of a healthy Pac Man frog:

  • Clear, alert eyes
  • Eats and drinks normally
  • Breathes easily
  • Well-formed droppings every 2-3 days

Things to watch for:

  • Runny droppings or red streaks in droppings for more than two days
  • Lethargic behavior
  • Eating or drinking less; weight loss
  • Red, inflamed skin
  • Swollen joints
  • Discharge from the eyes, nose or mouth

If you notice any of the signs above, please consult an experienced Reptile Veterinarian as soon as possible.


Use a 10-gallon or larger, glass terrarium with a screen lid for proper ventilation.

Keep the humidity level in the terrarium at 70-80%. A hygrometer (humidity gauge) will help you keep track. Place moist moss on top of bedding to help maintain humidity. Mist moss twice daily.


  • Day - Maintain a daytime temperature between 75-85° F
  • Night - Maintain a nighttime temperature between 70-75° F
  • Place a thermometer in the home to monitor temperature

Live plants help maintain humidity levels. Consult a book about tropical frogs for a list of appropriate plants.

Line the terrarium floor with 2"-3" of coconut fiber or reptile bark bedding. Clean out waste weekly and change bedding at least once a month to prevent fungus or mold growth.

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12 May 2011 4:53 pm

PetSmart_Admin said:

Pac Man frogs are cold blooded (poikilothermic) so their body temperature will be the same as the environment. The environment should be maintained at 70-85 degrees F, and if a tank heater is used to maintain the correct temperature range, the frog should be able to move through temperature ranges in the habitat in order to control its body temperature. Because of this, various spots in the habitat may be at different temperatures, and the frog’s body temperature will change as it moves through the habitat. The amount of moisture or air humidity will also affect its ambient temperature.

Pac-Man frogs have a life span of ten years or more. In the wild, they may only live a few years, but as pets they have lived up to 14 years old. When sold at most stores, they are only a few months old and about the size of a quarter. They will reach their mature size in a couple of years (growth rate depending on amount fed). Male Pac-man frogs are about half the size of adult female frogs, which can grow up to 7-8 inches in size. It is impossible to determine the exact age of a frog if you weren’t present when it hatched from the egg as the growth rate can be fast or slow depending on the amount of food available.

Pac-man frogs should do well on a diet of calcium-dusted crickets, earthworms, mealworms, or other insects. If the habitat is too cold or too dry, they will likely not eat. Make sure the habitat has enough bedding in which the frog can burrow to keep it comfortable, and that the bedding is moistened to maintain the proper humidity of 70-80% o a hygrometer.

09 May 2011 4:49 pm

Jordan8299 said:

hello. i have a problem with my pacman frog. his body temperature always decreases. and #2 I CANNOT RECOGNIZE HER BIRTH DATE! and #3 she does not like crickets, mealworms, and fish very much. what advice should i give??? plz help!!!

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