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

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Defining Characteristics:

  • Great beginner frog
  • Bright green/teal with brown spots
  • 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 cranwelli is commonly called Cranwell's Horned Frog, or the Chacoan Horned Frog. 

This is the 'Peppermint' phase of Cranwell's Horned Frog, and tends to be mostly bluish green to teal in color, with a creamy white belly and brown spots. It's another take on the 'Samurai' morph but with more going on genetically.

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 as Josh's Frogs, 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 into. Josh's Frogs PAC-MAN BioBedding Bioactive Substrate was specifically made for Pac-Man frogs! Josh's Frogs also offers Complete Care Kits for your convenience.  

Temperature (°F): They do best when kept in the mid-high 70s. At Josh's Frogs, we house our Pac-Man frogs at 72-78°. 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 moderately high humidity, and are best kept at 60-70%. 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. These frogs grow quickly and can reach adult size in 10-12 months. Females may reach up to 5 inches in length, with males slightly smaller.

Age: With proper care, Pac-Man frogs can live up to and over 5 years. Reports of 8-10 year old animals abound, and many hobbyists routinley keep Pac-Man frogs for 4-5 years. All Pac-Man 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 inch 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 dusted with a quality vitamin/mineral supplement. At Josh's Frogs, we dust with Repashy Calcium Plus, Rep-Cal Calcium with D3, and Rep-Cal 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 in the 'Peppermint' morph of Cranwell's Horned Frog, and tends to be mostly bluish green to teal in color, with a creamy white belly and brown spots. These frogs are known for producing translucent and purple Pac-Man frogs. The number of spots and intensity of color can vary quite a bit.

Social Behavior: These frogs are loners, and will eat each other if given the chance. 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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About three weeks now

Got it (not sure sex yet) almost three weeks ago. Due to a delivery issue, not from Josh's Frogs, the poor frog waited an extra five hours for me to put him in the habitat, it was totally set up and temp/humidity was perfect. Absolutely beautiful frog. Vibrant green, awesome pattern, looked healthy. Gave him a day to adjust. Then gave him a little bath, seemed alright. Then into the feeding box. In seconds he ate ten pinheads. A couple days later, a nightcrawler and pinkie. He can eat three big nightcrawlers at a sitting, dusted with calcium and D3, and other nutrients. He's doing well, I'm very happy with this frog and hope he or she lives a long, pleasant life. Thanks!


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5 stars!

Little one arrived perfectly and right on time. Seriously the cutest thing I've ever. I'm in love already!


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Arrived healthy and happy

My little guy arrived safely and well packaged. He was full of energy and hungry about an hour after he got out of his shipping container. Had to wait for a good weather day to ship, and customer service was responsive and helpful.

Natalie K

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Happy and Active

Received our Peppermint Pac Man very happy, healthy, and active. He explored his habitat, ate, and then happily buried himself. Was well packaged and arrived when expected. Customer service was great with any questions I had. Will always order from Josh’s in the future.

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