||Two months old|
||Ornate Horned Frog|
||West Chester, Pennsylvania, USA|
is a Pac-Man, my ornate horned frog. He lives with a variety of
other reptiles and dogs. This picture was taken on a table right
outside of his tank (I took the artistic liberty of adding the pretty
sky in the background). Pac-Man is only a month or two old and about
an inch long, and a little over an inch wide. You can see from the
size of his mouth that he's made for eating. Pac-Man eats crickets
now, and when he gets older he'll eat all sorts of bugs, guppies and
even small mice! They can grow to five inches (that's a four inch
mouth!) and can have a nasty bite. They have sharp teeth.
I don't think you can tame an ornate horned frog and they have such
ravenous appetites, that I plan on wearing gloves when I pick him up
or feed him. I only handle him now to clean his tank. Pac-Man lives
in a very small tank of three inches by five inches with water and
pebbles. I recently moved him to a larger tank and he didn't like it.
He stopped eating. Maybe the temperatures were wrong there, or he
didn't like the view! I keep this little guy at room temperature (his
preference) though I've read they like it a bit warmer during the
day, into the low 80s. As he gets bigger I'll experiment again with a
more spacious environment. He is kept alone and does not share in the
fun of the neighboring tropical amphibian tank which houses White's
tree frogs, red-eyed tree frogs and tiger salamanders. I'm afraid
Pac-Man would start eating them. Ornates are well known to
cannibalize their own young and even their cage mates. Pac-Man was
adopted from a neat little reptile store in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida
called U Wanna Iguana.
Pac-Man will always have this coloration. He's genetically albino for
life. Full-sized albinos are awesome looking animals. I chose to get
an ornate because they are very low maintenance, don't require a lot
of space, are content in captivity, are almost all captive born, and
are impressive animals.I think the larger tank may have been too warm
for him. I believe he likes his cage much cooler than most ornates.
Every frog, I've learned, is an individual.
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