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Camouflage Pac-Man Frog - Ceratophrys cranwelli (Captive Bred CBP)

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* Please note that when photos of our frogs and toads are taken in our facility, the lighting is very likely different from the lighting in your tank at home. It’s possible that different lighting may help to bring out more of your animal’s coloration.

When you receive your frog or toad, the coloration may be vastly different from what you're expecting. This is because after being in their shipping container and box, 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.

Another option is to browse our Individually Pictured Products section! These profiles will show the exact animal that’s for sale, so there will be no surprises when your new friend arrives. 

Defining Characteristics:

  • Patterned with a mixture of greens, browns, and bronzes
  • Sedentary
  • Voracious eaters
  • Mouth with legs

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 cranwelli is commonly called Cranwell's Horned Frog, or the Chacoan Horned Frog.

Certified Breeder Program: These Pac-Man frogs were procured via our Certified Breeder Program. This certification process will allow us to offer a wider variety of healthy, captive bred animals to our customers. We stand behind these animals just like any that are 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 that these animals are from people who take the same approach to animal keeping and breeding as us here at Josh’s Frogs; they 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 & Setup: 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 to be spacious. Babies can be kept in small plastic 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 into. Josh's Frogs BioBedding PAC-MAN Bioactive Substrate was specifically made for Pac-Man frogs! Josh's Frogs also offers Complete Care Kits for your convenience. 

Temperature (°F): Pac-Man Frogs do best when kept in the mid-high 70s. At Josh's Frogs, we house our Pac-Man frogs at 72-78 degrees. Temperatures in the high 80s 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 a moderately humid environment, and are best kept at 60-70% relative humidity. Monitor humidity with a digital hygrometer.

Providing ventilation is very important— we recommend using at least a half screen top. Stagnant, humid conditions quickly lead to bacterial skin infections in Pac-Man Frogs.

A large dish of clean water should always be provided.

Size: At the time of sale, captive bred Pac-Man Frogs from Josh’s Frogs will measure 1-1.5 inches and be at least 1 month out of the water. 

These frogs grow quickly and can reach adult size in 8-10 months.

Females may be up to 5 inches in length, with males slightly smaller.

Age: With proper care, Pac-Man Frogs can live upwards of 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 at least 1 month out of the water.

Feeding: At the time of sale, captive bred Pac-Man Frogs from Josh’s Frogs have been chowing down on 1/2-3/4 inch crickets and pieces of nightcrawlers for several weeks, and are growing like weeds! 

As adults, Pac-Mans will easily eat adult crickets, dubia roaches, and whole nightcrawlers. Prey items should be dusted with a quality vitamin/mineral supplement. At Josh's Frogs, we dust with Repashy Calcium Plus.

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 unable to be sexed at the time of sale.

Color/Pattern: The Camouflage Pac-Man Frog gets its morph name from its resemblance to the camouflage pattern. These frogs will always have some mixture of greens, browns, and bronzes to help keep them hidden in the plants and leaf litter of the forest floor. Perfect to bring along on those early morning hunting trips!

Social Behavior: These frogs are loners, and will eat each other if given the opportunity and if size allows. 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, Cranwell's Pac-Man Frogs are native to the Gran Chaco region of Argentina, Bolivia, Paraguay, and Brazil. These frogs are very adaptable, digging down into the ground during the dry season and estivating until the rains come.

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. 

Cranwell's Pac-Man Frogs come in a wide range of color and pattern mutations.

Links of Interest:

  • Joshs' Frogs Care Sheet on Pac-Man Frogs
  • Reptiles Magazine - Chacoan Horned Frog
  • Wikipedia article on Cranwell's Horned Frog

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!


After placing an order containing a live animal, you will receive a scheduling email containing our JotForm scheduling link to schedule your new pet's delivery date.

With this scheduling link, you will be able to schedule your order's delivery up to 30 days in advance. You will be able to choose a date of delivery for Tuesday-Saturday (Saturday arrival depends on the carrier's service availability) with the estimated time of arrival generally being 12pm, or 4:30pm for more rural areas. Overnight lows must be above 40°F to ship directly to you (or above 30°F for FedEx Ship Center pickups) as well as below 90°F by estimated time of arrival.

If you require further assistance, or prefer to talk to one of our Customer Service agents, please feel free to reach out to our [email protected] email or our phone line 1-800-691-8178.

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