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Oscarfish789 03-03-2012 10:51 AM

New pacman frog
Ok so I will be going to the petstore tomorrow to get a green pacman frog and just wanted to know from anyone with experiance how much i should feed it per day, how warm should the tank be, how much humidity, what kind of lighting if i need any, what kind of plants and for the heater i will be doing a UTH but some sites said to put it on the side so it dosent burn the frog is that ok or a bad idea? all input will be appreciated :)

pittipuppylove 03-03-2012 11:24 AM

This is a great site with care sheets on tons of herps:
Pac-Man Frog Care Sheet

Pacman frogs are fun little buggers - just be careful because if they think they can fit what they see in their mouth (e.g. your finger) they WILL try to eat it :-P

wannalearn 03-03-2012 11:45 PM

no offence, but it sounds like you need to put off your trip to go get the frog, and put that time into more research, just google pacman frog caresheets, will get all the info you need...

pittipuppylove 03-04-2012 11:07 AM

Gotta agree with wannalearn there. Sorry, I missed the part that you were going to get him so soon. Do all the research - that meens as many reputable sources you can find - you can and then some before going to get your new pet, and that takes a bit of time. Although it's tempting to do otherwise, doing your research and getting set up before you bring the frog home will make you and your new buddy happier and less stressed in the long run. Amphibians (and reptiles, too) are succeptable to stress, especially if you're getting a wild-caught animal. It's vital to make the transition from the store to your home as smooth and stress-free as possible.

Oscarfish789 03-04-2012 05:51 PM

hey guys, I forgot to mention I have done lots of research on them but would like some second opinions just to make sure the info is correct:) I have a tank all setup for him and special ordered an albino today cause they sold the last one yesterday:( but one thing i would like to know is if a can put a uth inside the tank on the back wall cause it dosent heat my tank real well at all, its a fluker mini UTH (would zoo med be better?)

pittipuppylove 03-05-2012 12:23 AM

Phew... Good to hear that! On tanks where the interior's going to be dry (like a desert setup) is is sometimes possible to put a UTH inside the cage - in fact, that's the way I have it with my boa's cage. But since Pacmans need the humidity and a damp substrate, it'd likely be safer to keep it outside the tank.

Flukers is typically a good brand, but I've always just bought what the herp store I go to keeps on shelf, so I cant speak too much there. On a 20gal, the mini heater's probably too small - I think it's recommended for 5gal and under, but I don't know off the top of my head. A good rule of thumb is for a UTH to cover 1/3 to 1/2 of the cage's floor. How are you measuring heat off the pad? A UTH likely won't raise ambient temps a whole lot - in my experience, they usually just warm the substrate. Once in a while, just make sure the heater's working and isn't at frying pan temps and you should be ok so long as you keep an eye on your buddy. If he's completely avoiding the area with belly heat for a while, I'd check it out. Or, if you want to be fancy, you can get an infered temperature gun, which tells you the temp of whatever it's pointing at. Very handy to test substrate and basking temps!

And though it is a bummer that you have to wait for your frog to come in, it'll give you more time to prepare. You're never done learning! Glad you're getting opinions, it's good to think critically on these things, and let us know if we can answer any more questions!

wannalearn 03-05-2012 02:05 AM

i wouldnt use a uth inside the tank, and actually probibly not on outside either. would be a waste of time to have it on back glass, becouse they do not really heat up the air, just a little local worm spot to set atop.. and i wouldnt put one inside (under stubstrate) or outside (bottom) becouse your pacman will spend most time burried in the substrate, directly on top of the uth,, leading to possible burns..depending what size tank you have, you would probibly be best off getting 2 heat lamps, one with a day bulb, one with a lower watt night bulb, to give a day night cycle, with a slight night time cool down..

Oscarfish789 03-05-2012 09:58 AM

Thanks guys, I am planning on taking back the heat mat Cause it was running through the night and still is not heating the tank at all or the substrate, I dont have a 20 gallon though its 5.5 to start out(the 20 gallon was going to be for a lizard) and for the heat lamp I thought they would be to drying for a Pacman frog so I stuck with a UTH, I am expecting him tomorrow so I guess i'll be going out today or tomorrow when he comes in:)

wannalearn 03-05-2012 10:20 PM

heat lamps do a little drying, but with damp substrate, and more than likely you will need to do daily misting,, just keep an eye on the humidity guage and you be just fine... a real big help is to make sure the water bowl is big enough the frog can get into it.. but easy to get back out off..

Oscarfish789 03-06-2012 07:08 PM

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hey guys Here are some pictures of his setup, i have a 5.5 gallon tank with eco earth substrate,some fake plants, a strip thermometer, Hygrometer,a fluker 5.5 heat lamp with a day and night bulb, screen top, spray bottle, and a pumpable mister:)

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