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December 23, 1998

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Pac-Man, the Pet of the Day
Name: Pac-Man
Age: Two months old
Gender: Male
Kind: Ornate Horned Frog
Home: West Chester, Pennsylvania, USA
   Here 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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