11 Things You Didn’t Know About Pacman Frogs

Last Updated on July 11, 2021 by cmoarz

Pacman frog lifespan

Packman frog lifespan on average is 15 years. This is far more obtainable in captivity, and in the wild, their life expectancy plummets to ~5 years. How long Pacman frogs live is based on their environmental parameters and perdition.

Some folks have been able to extend their Pacman frogs lifespan up to 30 years according to frogforum.net. You can check out that post here as well as read some advice that’s given to help you do the same.

How Big Do Pacman Frogs Get

Unlike many other animals, the male Pacman frog is larger than the female. Subspecies aside, the average male Pacman frog is around ~7 inches, while the female is slightly smaller. Overfed Pacman can also contribute to size gain. How

With carefully selected breeding and stringent genealogical record keeping, You can breed larger Pacman frogs as well, But it takes a long time and can be hit or miss.

Pacman Frog Temperature

Pacman frog’s temperature is based on the night and day cycle. You will need to increase the heat to 70-85°F (21-29°c) during the day, and lower it to 65-75°F (18-23°c) during the night cycle. Pacman frog humidity levels should always remain between 50% and 80% during day and night cycles.

It can be tricky to maintain these constantly changing temperatures by hand, So it’s advisable to use an under-the-tank heater on a timer that turns it off at the appropriate time to cool the enclosure down for the night.

You can also hook up a fan to give bursts of air at certain times to cool the tank down. This will take some experimentation on your part, and should be connected to a thermostat and set to enable itself when a certain temperature threshold is reached.

Pacman Frog Tank Size

Pacman’s don’t need huge enclosures, although the bigger it is the happier they will be. The bare minimum Pacman frog tank size is 10 gallons with a lid that allows for good airflow. Be sure to take into account the 10cm of coconut fiber the tank will need in order for the frog to burry himself in it.

Keep in mind the larger the tank is, the harder you may find it to heat and cool during the night and day cycles.

Larger tanks take significantly more electricity to heat, and once heated takes longer and more effort to bring back down in temperature at night time. It will take some experimentation with your setup to figure out the perfect temperature recipe.

Are Pacman Frogs Poisonous

Pacman frogs are not poisonous. So nothing to worry about if you get bit, which they are known to do. You won’t get poisoned, but you might bleed a bit as Pacman frogs teeth are quite sharp. You shouldn’t handle your Pacman anyway because of its delicate fragile skin that can easily tear.

Do Pacman Frogs Need Uvb

There is no hard and fast requirement for giving your packman frog a UVB (Ultra-violet bulb), although it doesn’t hurt to add one, and may even have additional benefits.

Speaking of light, Pacman frogs should have some sort of dim light in the distance at night. These nocturnal frogs will be better off with moonlight mimicking, There are a couple of ways you can achieve that.

Having a dimmer switch in the room the enclosure is in is a good and affordable way to do this.

You can also just have the tank next to a window that gets moonlight, open up the curtain and allow nature to do its thing.

Do Pacman Frogs Need Heat

As stated above

Pacman frog’s temperature is based on the night and day cycle. You will need to increase the heat to 70-85°F (21-29°c) during the day, and lower it to 65-75°F (18-23°c) during the night cycle. Pacman frog humidity levels should always remain between 50% and 80% during day and night cycles.

Using a variety of heat lamps, ceramic heat emitters, Under-tank heaters pads will make heating the tank very easy. Cooling it down may require experimentation on the timing of turning off the heating elements.

Adding a fan on a thermostat time may also be of benefit.

Can Pacman Frogs Live Together

Pacman frogs should not live together with other Pacman frogs or other creatures. They are solitary amphibians that will eat anything smaller than them, and fight anything bigger. It may go as far as to eat others of its own species.

This includes male to male and male to female and female to female cohabitation. They will injure, eat or kill each other. The only time 2 Pacman should be in the same aquarium is when mating, which is an entirely different, long topic that includes preparation and hibernation schedules.

How Much Does a Pacman Frog Cost

Pacman frog costs can vary by wide margins. It can fall between $20USD and $100USD. These factors include genetic predisposition and record-keeping, the health of the frog, individual breeder regulations, shipping costs, handling costs. On average, the mass sold packman will cost around $40usd. Color mutations may change the price as well.

Do Pacman Frogs Hibernate

Pacman frogs will hibernate any time the temperature drops too low (estivation) or goes too high. This is a survival mechanism. They also have hibernation cycles that will induce breeding once they awake.

Pacman frog’s hibernation is very easy to trigger. They will naturally start preparing for winter from the beginning of September and go into hibernation mode before the temperatures get too cold.

This can be starved off with temperature and humidity adjustments in the aquarium or terrarium.

Where Are Pacman Frogs From

Pacman frogs initially come from South America, from Brazil to be exact. Wild Pacman frogs can still be found in the pacific rainforest of Brazil, Colombia, and Venezuela.

Pacman frog became popular when a Brazilian government employee named Dr. Werner Kok was given one as a gift for giving his life savings to help out an orphanage. He never expected the small frog would become such a big thing on youtube (video below).


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