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High Red Ornate Pac-Man Frog - Ceratophrys ornata (Captive Bred CBP)


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About This Product

Defining Characteristics:

  • Great Beginner Frog
  • Bright to dark Green/Tan with Brown Spots with significant amounts or red interspersed
  • 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 bring out more of your frog or toads coloration. When you receive your frog or toad the coloration may be vastly different from what you may be expecting because it is under the assumption that it is nighttime and it 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.**

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 ornata is commonly called The Ornate Horned Frog or Bell's 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. Coir (ground coconut) makes a great substrate and is available at most pet stores. 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 5" in length, with males slightly smaller.

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 PacMan 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. All Pac-Man froglets sold by Josh's Frogs are unsexable.

Color/Pattern: This is the 'high red' phase of the Ornate Horned Frog, and tends to be green, with a creamy white belly and brown spots with significant amounts of red/brown coloration. The number of spots and intensity of color can vary quite a bit.

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, The Ornate Pac-Man Frogs are native to the Pampean region of Argentina (Buenos Aires, Córdoba, Entre Ríos, La Pampa, Mendoza and Santa Fe), Uruguay (Rocha and San José), and Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil, from 0-500m asl.

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. The Ornate Pac-Man Frogs come in a wide range of color and pattern mutations.

Links of Interest:

Joshs' Frogs Care Sheet on Pac-Man Frogs

Still not sure if Pac-Man Frogs from Josh's Frogs are the right pet frog for you? Read the reviews below and see what other customers are saying!


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High quality froglet and customer service

This was my first time ordering live animal from JF. I order dry goods from them before and knew quality is excellent. Yet was worried about the pattern and color selection quality without picture of actual animal available. The customer service was very friendly, honest, and helpful. They do care if their animal come to prepared and happy customer. Packing was proper. I wish i could upload a picture, and show how gorgeous my little frog is. In real life he looks better than on the web. He ate five cricket right away!

Mr King

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Whopper is doing good

Whopper is doing good! 7 months and he's grown to the size of an actual Whopper!


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Love this guy

Amazing colors On this guy. Growing extremely quick too.


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Whopper arrived in good condition and is eating well

Love my baby! Whopper arrived in good condition (if slightly stinky) and has settled in nicely. While he/she didnt eat for about 2 weeks, I tried crickets and Whopper loved them! Looking forward to see my frog child get big!


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Great customer service and beautiful frog.

I’ve had this little guy for around 2 months now and he’s still in good health. He came packaged carefully and was even prettier and more colorful in person. He’s super easy to take care of and I have a gas feeding the voracious little guy. I had some issues with his diet in the beginning but it was quickly cleared up by customer service. Named him Chunk

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