Scientific name: Ceratophrys cornuta / Ceratophrys cranwelli
The Fantasy Horned Frog is a popular pet amphibian because of its size, bright colors and large mouth, but it is not able to reproduce because it is a hybrid species.
Appearance / health:
The Fantasy Horned Frog appears in many different colors and patterns. Colors can range between orange, yellow, brown and green. The Fantasy Horned Frog was created in an attempt to maintain a brighter coloration into adulthood than either of its parent species.
Any enclosure similar to the size of a 10 gallon tank is suitable for one frog its whole life. It’s best to house these frogs alone to avoid cannibalism and fighting. Always have a secure top.
Temperatures should be kept within the range of 75-80F during the day time. Nighttime temperatures can drop a few degrees without problems. Humidity should stay between 60-70%. The next important thing for these frogs is a loose substrate. Peat moss, coco fiber, no chemical potting soil, and similar substrates will be fine. They like to burrow themselves in the substrate, so keep 3-5 inches of substrate in the enclosure. Avoid substrates of rocks, gravel, and bark which can be eaten and cause internal injury that may become fatal. Substrate should be moist enough so that it holds shape, but does not have excess water coming out of it. Misting the tank a couple times a day will keep the substrate moist. A shallow water dish must also be used. Since they have such small legs, they are not good swimmers and will drown if water is too deep. Always use dechlorinated water when misting or replacing the water dish. Tank décor is not needed but fake plants, log hides, driftwood, and other items may be added. The frog will not make used of these however, and will most likely stay burrowed in the substrate.
Ceratophrys frogs will basically eat anything that moves. Crickets, cockroaches, earthworms, and other insects may be fed. Larger frogs may also be supplied with pinkie or fuzzy mice. Tadpoles need live foods such as bloodworms, black worms, or tubifex worms. Froglets need the same food as adults, just smaller in size. These frogs often bite the hand that feeds as well. Temperament - These frogs are very lazy and will stay in their burrow for 98% of the time. The only time they come out is to get in their water dish or for feeding. It’s best not to handle these frogs often because the oil and salts on our skin will harm them. They can and will also bite.
The Fantasy Horned Frog is sterile and can't be bred, because it is a hybrid, man-made species.
little horns, bright orangeyellow color, strange looking frogs
occasional stray finger, specialized watering
moist enclosure, ambush hunters, different shades, pinky mice, PacMan frogs
The Fantasy Horned Frog - A variation of the Pac-Man frogs.
These strange looking frogs are often referred to as 'Pac-Man Frogs' and it's easy to see why. They are very rotund and have huge mouths that takes up about half of their body. That and the fact that these guys will eat anything they can fit in to their mouths, be it insects, rodents, other amphibians or the occasional stray finger. Believe me, these ruthless little guys will bite hard and hang on for dear life!
There frogs are not very active as they get older. In fact, more often than not they will find a patch of territory they like, dig themselves down in to the ground and sit there all day eating anything that comes past. Since they are quite lazy, they put on a lot of weight as they grow, giving them the rotund and sometimes flabby appearance.
These frogs can be docile and able to be handled, or they can be territorial and aggressive. Whether you can handle your pet or not is all down to its temperament. In my experience though, these frogs are better to observe than handle.
Your Horned frog will need a tank that is longer than it is high, lots of substrate, moss and hiding places, a heat mat and a large pool of water that is deep enough to reach just below it's eyes. These frogs are not big swimmers, but they do need to stay hydrated and moist so they like to sit around in pools or in damp soil. It's recommended that you mist the tank regularly with cooled boiled water in a clean spray bottle to keep the enclosure humid.
These frogs are great if you're wanting a pet that is low maintenance and interesting to observe rather than be handled regularly..
From SJSilver Jul 8 2014 12:10PM