Acquired: Online breeder / seller,
Worked with pet (didn’t own)
Posted May 11, 2013
When asked to describe my Pac-Man frog, I replied, “My frog is a head with four legs, and when it opens its mouth its whole head hinges clean open and he looks like he could eat a small dog.” Ten years after saying it I still say my description could not be made more accurate. Horned frogs, while not being active, are colorful garbage cans that will consume most things that come near the massive portal that is their mouth. Most get about as round as a tea saucer, and can live up to 10 years. While they are perfectly happy consuming invertebrates, some crafty owners of the species feed them fish, shrimp, and even mouse pups (though this reviewer does not suggest it).
Horned frogs like to bury themselves so pick a substrate that is easy for them to manipulate. Peat moss is cheap and works great. Just be sure to choose a variety that is pet safe and does not contain fertilizers or additives.
Like any other frog or toad, Pac-Man frogs are a pet that is best viewed and not handled. They are not an active frog, so the temptation will be to gain enjoyment by picking them up and holding your pet. This should be avoided. Frogs and toads have a necessary slime coating over their bodies that can be rubbed off while being handled. For the health of your pet, horned frogs should be handled rarely.
“So they just sit there like Jabba the Hutt? Getting fat and eating everything they come across?” Pretty much. But I’ll tell you this. It never gets old watching the expression on people’s faces when they realize the colorful dish in the corner of the tank is not an inverted soup bowl. “Yes, sir,” you will reply. “That is my massive frog in the corner.”