Pacman frogs or wide mouth frogs
These beautiful jewel horn frogs from South America come in some great colors. Their camouflage pattern is mostly in brownish or reddish tones, the base color varies from green to green-blue, chocolate brown to yellow-green. The cute fellows are rather leisurely on the move. As lurking hunters they take life rather from the relaxed side. They like to burrow in and then wait calmly for passing prey such as mealworms, earthworms, wax maggots or even mice. The food animals should be enriched with minerals and vitamins, so that the frogs are sufficiently supplied with the vital substances.
Keeping Pacman frogs in the terrarium
Camouflage Pacman frogs should be kept alone in the terrarium. The females, which are large with a body length of up to 16 cm, and the males, which are up to 10 cm, do not get along well within the species. Breeding of the wide-mouthed pacman frog is very difficult and rather something for experts.
The terrarium for a wide-mouthed frog may be planted very lushly, bromeliads are particularly suitable for this. Plants do not eat the beautiful colorful frogs from South America.
A temporary wetland terrarium will suit the needs of the Brazilian Jewel Horn Frog. A Pacman frog can be kept from an edge length of 60 cm.
A thick layer of coconut fiber terrarium floor is important because the terrarium frog likes to burrow in. If you keep the floor permanently moist, this has a very positive effect on the humidity in the terrarium.
A large water section is not needed by the Jewel Horned Frog in the terrarium because Pacman Frogs cannot swim. However, a shallow bowl of clean bath water should always be available for the pretty frog to moisturize its skin.
Temperature and humidity for Pacman Frogs in the terrarium
The humidity in the terrarium for the Brazilian Jewel Horned Frog should always be as high as possible, 70-100% humidity and a terrarium temperature of 25-28 °C are necessary for the successful keeping of the horned frog from Brazil. Temperatures can drop to 20 °C overnight without further problems.
We recommend appropriate lighting or a heat lamp as a terrarium heater, as well as the use of a nebulizer and regular spraying with a spray bottle, so that the Pacman frog permanently receives the necessary moist heat in its terrarium. Frogs also breathe through their skin, this is only possible if the environment is humid enough.
Dry rest of Pacman frogs in the terrarium
Towards the end of November, you should start to prepare the decorative horned frog for dry rest. To do this, the temperature in the terrarium is gradually lowered to 15 degrees. Humidification is stopped and the substrate can now slowly dry out. The pacman frog now goes into dry hibernation, for this purpose it digs itself in. It forms a cocoon out of its skin, which protects it. Until mid-February the frog remains in dry rest, then you can slowly "wake it up" again by rewetting the terrarium and slowly raising the temperature step by step. Without dry rest, the life span of the Pacman frog is greatly shortened.