Just bought a Pac-Man frog today, how often should I feed it and what should I feed it? The guy at the store said they where feeding it pinkie mice every couple days but I read that you should feed them just mice. I gave it 8 medium crickets today and it ate maybe 5 of them.
Yeah you're gonna wanna feed it crickets for a while until it grows more, because that guy looks really eensey weensey. Just because pacs with shove anything you let them down their throat doesn't mean you should let them. And do not feed it live mice, especially at this age, they will kill it.
feed various insects dusted with calcium. in addition to crickets; butter worms, phoenix worms, dubia roaches (these are better than crickets both for you and the frog), hornworms, silk worms. put those in a wide smooth sided dish so they don't burrow down in to the substrate away from your frog. change water bowl frequently.
Okay just for future reference, never listen to the numbnut employees at any pet stores. 99.9% of the time they're full of shit and don't know squat.
You're going to want to feed it crickets, make sure they're gutloaded first. Google pacman frog care sheets. If you're going to feed it any mice at all, at that size, it should only be thawed pinkie mice, and only once a month, maximum. The rest of the time do crickets, I'd say go with 2-4 per feeding. Every other time you feed it, dust the crickets in vitamin powder and calcium, it's very healthy for them.
On that note, I'd recommend NOT feeding it in its enclosure, young pacman frogs will often swallow substrate, which can kill them. I take mine out of his enclosure and just feed him in a large tupperware container.
Ideally just Google pacman frog care sheets and learn
I feed mine a rat pinkie a month and everything else from crickets, earth worms, lizards, moths..just about anything that I find in the yard. If it fits in his month he eats it but mine is a few years old.
I never use any heat lamps but the temps stay around 75 degrees in my home.
As far as humidity I use coconut fiber as substrate and keep it very soggy and he loves to bury himself in it to the point where you can only see his eyes.
On the other side of the cage I have a large flat rock for him to get on but he seldom does.
Why the fuck do people buy animals before doing the required research? I see this over and over again on both/an/ and /r/aquarium. What the flying fuck..
You do you but I'm just letting you know you're taking a risk every time you feed it something you've personally found.
Crickets aren't really an option for me (not OP just joined) due to roommates. I was thinking of breeding night crawlers and other worms as a staple and feeding meal worms every other week. Basically I'm asking, what are easy to take care of and possibly breed myself, staple foods for a pacman?
Also I hear their poop can be extremely smelly is that true? How often will I need to clean the enclosure?
I'd say order some dubia roaches online. They're the healthiest feeders out there and don't make noise and they don't smell.
And yes their poop reeks horribly, but they usually defecate in their water dishes so you can just sump the bowl's contents in the toilet and flush. I have a live plant in my guy's enclosure so the poop cleanup really isn't an issue for me because it fertilizes the plant.
Just don't leave it sit for a long time.
Yeah don't feed them wild caught shit, that's just a big welcome sign to internal parasites. Yeah they eat that kind of shit in the wild, but that's also why they only live half as long in the wild, too. The point of keeping an animal in captivity is to replicate it's natural environment in an ideal manner. Perfect humidity, temperature, food without the parasite risk. People never seem to understand this kind of thing. They always say "well they seem to do fine in the wild", when that's not really the case. Yes they may possibly survive long enough to breed sometimes, but that's not the point of keeping an animal. It shouldn't have to 'survive' under your care, because what's the point? Why not just let it run free around your house? You're supposed to be giving it what it would have in the wild, minus the negative aspects. They should be cared for under your watch, not have to risk dying because "that's what they do in the wild".
tl;dr: OP don't feed wild caught insects or animals of any kind to your pacman frog, buy everything it eats