We are independent & ad-supported. We may earn a commission for purchases made through our links.
Advertiser Disclosure
Our website is an independent, advertising-supported platform. We provide our content free of charge to our readers, and to keep it that way, we rely on revenue generated through advertisements and affiliate partnerships. This means that when you click on certain links on our site and make a purchase, we may earn a commission. Learn more.
How We Make Money
We sustain our operations through affiliate commissions and advertising. If you click on an affiliate link and make a purchase, we may receive a commission from the merchant at no additional cost to you. We also display advertisements on our website, which help generate revenue to support our work and keep our content free for readers. Our editorial team operates independently of our advertising and affiliate partnerships to ensure that our content remains unbiased and focused on providing you with the best information and recommendations based on thorough research and honest evaluations. To remain transparent, we’ve provided a list of our current affiliate partners here.

What Is a Horned Frog?

Marjorie McAtee
By
Updated Jun 04, 2024
Our promise to you
All Things Nature is dedicated to creating trustworthy, high-quality content that always prioritizes transparency, integrity, and inclusivity above all else. Our ensure that our content creation and review process includes rigorous fact-checking, evidence-based, and continual updates to ensure accuracy and reliability.

Our Promise to you

Founded in 2002, our company has been a trusted resource for readers seeking informative and engaging content. Our dedication to quality remains unwavering—and will never change. We follow a strict editorial policy, ensuring that our content is authored by highly qualified professionals and edited by subject matter experts. This guarantees that everything we publish is objective, accurate, and trustworthy.

Over the years, we've refined our approach to cover a wide range of topics, providing readers with reliable and practical advice to enhance their knowledge and skills. That's why millions of readers turn to us each year. Join us in celebrating the joy of learning, guided by standards you can trust.

Editorial Standards

At All Things Nature, we are committed to creating content that you can trust. Our editorial process is designed to ensure that every piece of content we publish is accurate, reliable, and informative.

Our team of experienced writers and editors follows a strict set of guidelines to ensure the highest quality content. We conduct thorough research, fact-check all information, and rely on credible sources to back up our claims. Our content is reviewed by subject-matter experts to ensure accuracy and clarity.

We believe in transparency and maintain editorial independence from our advertisers. Our team does not receive direct compensation from advertisers, allowing us to create unbiased content that prioritizes your interests.

The horned frog, also known as the ceratophrys, is a genus of South American frog. There are many species of this type of frog, but only two species are commonly kept as pets. These are Ceratophrys ornata, also known as the Argentine or ornate horned frog, and Ceratophyrs cranwelli, also known as Cranwell's horned frog. These frogs are typically rather large, reaching lengths of 4 to 6 inches (10 to 15 centimeters) and weighing up to 4.4 pounds (2 kilograms). These frogs may be green, orange, yellow or brown with black or red splotches, and albino horned frogs are also available.

These frogs are often known as Pac-man frogs, because they typically have very large mouths. In the wild, these frogs normally hunt by secreting themselves under leaves, grasses or moss on the forest floor and snatching prey as it walks by. They normally feed on insects, worms, small reptiles, small mammals, and other frogs, even other horned frogs. They can usually be sustained in captivity with a diet of worms, crickets, small mice, and small fish. Horned frogs will often feed indiscriminately if allowed, and can become overweight without dietary controls.

Caring for a horned frog usually involves keeping it in a temperature- and humidity-regulated tank, at an ideal temperature of 77 to 82.4 degrees Fahrenheit (25 to 28 degrees Celsius). This species of frog normally regulates its own body temperature by burrowing beneath the soil when it becomes too warm or dry. A tank lined with chemical-free soil, paper towels, coconut husk, or peat moss can provide an adequate habitat for the captive horned frog. Misting the tank's lining with fresh, chlorine-free water every few days can help provide the moisture the frog needs to keep itself cool and its skin moist.

These frogs generally can't swim well, but like to wet themselves regularly, so most people who keep them as pets provide a shallow container of water for the frog's convenience. Many frogs will use this bowl of water as a toilet area, so horned frog enthusiasts are generally advised to change the water daily. Cleaning the tank itself is generally advised every 60 to 90 days. These frogs can absorb toxins through their skins, so it's considered important to rinse the tank thoroughly after cleaning to remove all chemical residues from the environment. Handling these frogs is generally considered threatening to their well-being, since dirt, residue, and skin oils on the hands can harm them.

All Things Nature is dedicated to providing accurate and trustworthy information. We carefully select reputable sources and employ a rigorous fact-checking process to maintain the highest standards. To learn more about our commitment to accuracy, read our editorial process.
Marjorie McAtee
By Marjorie McAtee
Marjorie McAtee, a talented writer and editor with over 15 years of experience, brings her diverse background and education to everything she writes. With degrees in relevant fields, she crafts compelling content that informs, engages, and inspires readers across various platforms. Her ability to understand and connect with audiences makes her a skilled member of any content creation team.
Discussion Comments
Marjorie McAtee
Marjorie McAtee
Marjorie McAtee, a talented writer and editor with over 15 years of experience, brings her diverse background and education to everything she writes. With degrees in relevant fields, she crafts compelling content that informs, engages, and inspires readers across various platforms. Her ability to understand and connect with audiences makes her a skilled member of any content creation team.
All Things Nature, in your inbox

Our latest articles, guides, and more, delivered daily.

All Things Nature, in your inbox

Our latest articles, guides, and more, delivered daily.