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Brown Surinam Horned Pac-Man Frog - Ceratophrys cornuta (Captive Bred CBP)

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Defining Characteristics:

  • Great Beginner Frog
  • Contrasting Brown, Tan, and Black
  • Bold
  • Voracious Appetite

**Please note that when our photos of our Frogs and Toads are taken, the lighting can be different from our facility to the lighting in your tank at home. There is a potential that different lighting may help to bring out more of your frog or toad's coloration.

When you receive your frog or toad the coloration may be vastly different from what you're expecting, because the animal is under the assumption that it is nighttime and has changed color to make it harder for predators to see them. Additionally, colors and patterns may vary from animal to animal, so if you have a preference feel free to mention that when scheduling your order. These requests will be taken into consideration by our Animal Team but are not guaranteed to be met.**

Name: The Pac-Man frog is named after the popular arcade game protagonist, and for good reason! These frogs seem to be able to fit anything in their mouths, including each other! Ceratophrys cornuta is commonly called the Suriname Horned Frog.

Certified Breeder Program: These Pac-Man frogs were procured via our Certified Breeder Program. This certification process will allow us to bring a wider variety of healthy, captive bred animals to you, our customers. We stand behind these animals just like any animals bred at our facility. Besides the fact we’ll be offering more animals, what do you need to know about Josh’s Frogs Certified Breeder Partnership? You need to know these animals are from people with the same approach to animal keeping and breeding that we do, are disease free, and most importantly captive bred! To learn more, please read our blog on the Josh's Frogs Certified Breeder Program.

Recommended Terrarium Size: Pac-Man frogs are sit-and-wait predators. They spend the majority of their time burrowed into the substrate with their eyes (and horns in some species) above the substrate. Because of this, caging does not need be spacious. Babies can be kept in small, plastic reptile enclosures, whereas adults can be caged in enclosures of 10 to 20 gallons.Pac-Man frogs love to burrow, therefore they require a substrate that they can dig in to. Josh's Frogs BioBedding PAC-MAN Bioactive Substrate was specifically made for Pac-Man frogs! Josh's Frogs offers Complete Care Kits for your convenience. 

Temperature: They do best when kept in the mid-high 70s. At Josh's Frogs, we house our Pac-Mans at 72-78F. Temperatures in the high 80s F can quickly be fatal, especially when coupled with a lack of water or humidity. Measure temperature with a digital temperature gauge.

Humidity: Pac-Man Frogs require moderately high humidity, and are best kept at 60-70% humidity. Providing ventilation is very important - we recommend using at least a half screen top. Stagnant, humid conditions quickly leads to bacterial skin infections in Pac-Man Frogs. A large dish of clean water should always be provided. Monitor humidity with a digital hygrometer.

Size: At the time of sale, captive bred Pac-Man frogs from Josh’s Frogs will measure about the size of a silver dollar and be between 8 and 12 weeks old. These frogs grow quickly and can reach adult size in 10-12 months. Females may be up to 4.5" in length, with males slightly smaller at around 3."

Age: With proper care, they can live up to and over 5 years. Reports of 8-10 year old animals abound, and many hobbyists routinely keep Pac-Man frogs for 4-5 years. All Pac-Man frog froglets sold by Josh's Frogs are 8-12 weeks old.

Feeding: At the time of sale, captive bred Pac-Man frogs from Josh’s Frogs have been chowing down on 1/2″ crickets and pieces of nightcrawlers for several weeks and growing like weeds! As adults, Pac-Mans will easily eat adult crickets, dubia roaches, and whole nightcrawlers. Prey items should be be dusted with a quality vitamin/mineral supplement. At Josh's Frogs, we dust with Repashy Calcium Plus, RepCal Calcium with D3, and RepCal Herptivite.

Sexing: When mature, Pac-Man frogs are fairly straightforward to sex if you have multiple animals of the same age. Females are larger than males. Mature male Pac-Man frogs tend to call at night and will have a nuptial pad on their thumb that becomes dark when in breeding condition. All Pac-Man froglets sold by Josh's Frogs are unsexable.

Color/Pattern: This is the Brown form of the Suriname Horned Frog, and tends to be mostly brown or tan in color, with a creamy white belly and dark brown to black sppatterning on the face and back.

Social Behavior: These frogs are loners, and will eat each other. Housing them individually is strongly recommended. Even when starting out with several frogs, when housed together you'll typically end up with one.

Breeding: Pac-Man Frogs are produced in large numbers for the pet trade, but breeding via natural means (not utilizing hormones) is tricky and unpredictable. When they are bred, a dry season is replicated, followed by a wet season and upswing in food intake. Mature animals are then introduced into a rain chamber, where eggs are deposited in water. Check out our video of Josh's Frogs Rain Chamber Setup.

Natural Range: In the wild, Suriname Pac-Man Frogs are native to Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, French Guiana, Peru, Suriname, and Venezuela.

History in the Hobby: Pac-Man Frogs have been popular in the pet trade for a long time. They are fairly easy to breed via artificial methods, which means they are readily available. Surinam Pac-Man Frogs come in the wild type's coloration which includes brown, greenand a combination of the two. Even though C. cornuta has the widest distribution of any of the Pac-Man Frogs it is less common than cranwelli and ornata in the pet trade.

Links of Interest:

Joshs' Frogs Care Sheet on Pac-Man Frogs



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so cute

can't get enough. love her little cat ears. i'll be ordering 20 more


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Little fellow arrived in good shape and is adjusting well to it’s new surroundings.


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First pet frog

My brown surinam is so cute! the little guy came in safe and sound, enjoying its new habitat. Thanks joshs frogs !


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Love them

Awesome pet


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Stunning brown Cornuta. He's healthy and eating well :)

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