Acquired: Pet store
California, United States
Posted Jan 10, 2013
Jabba was a great little pet, he had his own personality and was fairly easy to care for. I got him at a pet store for about $15 which was a fair price. But these frogs are more for show rather than for interaction. Sadly about 7 months later he died unexpectedly. I honestly dont know why, but I went to feed him one day and he had passed on :(
What You Should Know:
First off Pacman frogs have VERY sensitive skin, so they should not be handled often. The oils from our hands can make them sick very easily. If you do hold them make sure you hands are well washed without any kind of soap or antibacterial. In general though, they prefer to be handled as little as possible. Also the water you use to mist the cage with must be dechlorinated. They also like to burrow into their substrate, so most of the time they arent very visible. Lastly, they are not very active. They don't really hunt so you really need to bring the food to them with a pair of feeding tongs.
What You Need:
-A pacman frog would really be fine in a 10 to 20 gallon tank for their whole life. They really do not need anything bigger.
-They also need their cage fairly well humid with the soil misted daily to stay moist. They get their water through their skin rather than drinking it. They need to stay hydrated.
-You need Plantation Soil as their substrate and a few good inches of it since the like to go underground.
-A heat lamp is not "necessary" but they really just need a day and night cycle.
-Some frogs really DO NOT like being handled at all. They actually have teeth and will bite and make screaming sounds.
-They eat insects mostly, but larger frogs are known to eat pinkie mice. In the wild however they are known try to eat anything that doesnt seem too big. You also need to bring the food to them.
As I just mentioned, they will try to eat most anything, even other frogs if they think they can swallow them. So they're best kept alone (which they dont mind.)
Its a bit of a mixed boat when it comes to kids. If the child is fine with a pet they cant constantly play with or hold and are simply happy to observe, then these frogs are alright. But if the child wants to take him out everyday, play with them, or are not old enough to be responsible for them, then I would say these frogs are not for them.