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A Set-up Guide for Your New Pacman Frog

Tips for home, health and fun


Five things to know about your Pacman frog

  • Pacman frogs can live up to five years
  • They can grow up to 8 inches
  • Yes, they are named for their resemblance to the star of the 80s arcade game!
  • They’re some of the only frogs with teeth and will bite if startled
  • They are a good choice for first-time reptile pet parents

Your Pacman frog’s home

Like their namesake, Pacman frogs will gobble up any other creature in their habitat. It’s best to let them live alone. A Pacman frog should live in a minimum 10-gallon terrarium, with a screened lid.

What to put in your Pacman frog’s habitat

  • Line the bottom of the terrarium with 2 to 3 inches of coconut-fiber or bark bedding — your frog will enjoy burrowing in it. Scoop the poop at least once a week and change out the bedding completely once a month.
  • Stock the terrarium with live plants to help regulate the habitat’s humidity level.
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Heat & lights

  • Pacman frogs are nocturnal (more active at night). They don’t require sunlight, but they do need lighting that mimics day and night in their habitat. If they’re in a dim room, light the terrarium for 12 hours a day with a fluorescent bulb.
  • At night, switch to a night-specific bulb so you can watch your pet with minimum disturbance.
  • The terrarium should be between 75 and 85 degrees Fahrenheit during the day, and between 55 F and 75 F at night. If necessary, use a heat bulb or a night-specific heat lamp for warmth. A thermometer in the habitat will help you monitor the temperature.
  • Your froggy friend likes habitat humidity levels between 50% and 80%. Use a hygrometer — a device that measures humidity — to keep track.
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Help keep your Pacman frog healthy

Pacman frogs need Vitamin D in their diet.

Pacman frogs are not very active; so don’t worry if yours basically sits in one spot waiting for food — that’s normal.

Try not to handle new Pacman frogs for three or four days to give them a chance to get acclimated to their new surroundings. Whether your frog is new or settled-in, be sure to contact a vet if you notice any of these symptoms of illness or distress:

  • More time spent hiding
  • Eating or drinking less; weight loss
  • Discolored skin
  • Swollen joints
  • Discharge from the eyes, nose or mouth
  • Runny droppings for more than two days
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