It may have been your favorite video game in the 1980s, but this iconic video game inspired a unique nickname for the South American horned frog, Argentine horned frog, or ornate horned frog. While their real names may be a mouthful, the name Pacman Frog is certainly easier to remember and really helps describe the frog. The Pacman Frog has an unusually large mouth and abdomen that make it look similar to the Pac-Man character in this popular video game.
The natural habitat of the Pacman frog is in the rainforests of Brazil, Uruguay and Argentina, where it spends time eating and hiding under leaves. This frog is certainly known for its appetite, as it will try to eat anything that comes its way. In the wild, the Pacman frog feeds on large spiders, insects, small snakes, lizards, and mice. It has sharp front teeth that allow it to devour its prey or provide a painful bite to a human. Sometimes said to be an aggressive frog, it can actually bite if it feels threatened, but it can bite simply because it thinks a finger is actually its next meal.
Unlike many frogs, the Pacman frog is not exactly the best swimmer and may enjoy simply strolling in shallow water, rather than swimming in deep water. The Pacman Frog has an incredible growth rate; From the time it is born to the time it is a fully formed adult, it is only 2 or 3 weeks and will grow to 6 or 7 inches long in a few months.
If you choose to keep one as a pet, you will want to create a natural habitat for it. Keep only one Pacman frog in the enclosure, otherwise a larger frog may end up eating a smaller one. Try to set up a warm and very humid area, similar to its natural habitat. Avoid putting deep water anywhere in the enclosure, as they can drown. They need water, but keep it shallow. Pacman frogs love to hide under leaves in the wild and in captivity, you should provide them with a similar hiding place. When it comes to food, live crickets and small mice are the best, but remember to buy them from a pet store. Handle the Pacman Frog as little as possible as they don’t like to be handled and it makes them stressed out when handled.
Whether in the wild or as a pet, a Pacman Frog is a beautiful and unique creature. With its large mouth and colorful skin, it is undoubtedly a unique frog.