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Saturday, June 25, 2011

Species of the Day: Chacoan Horned Frog

Scientific Name: Ceratophrys cranwelli
Family: Leptodactylidae
Adult Size: 3 to 5 inches in length
Range: Native to the Gran Chaco region of Argentina
Habitat: Inhabits a wide variety of environments, from dry savannas to seasonal wetlands

    The Chacoan horned frog, also called the Cranwell's horned frog, is a terrestrial frog endemic to the dry Gran Chaco region of Argentina. Like most members of the horned frog family they are often referred to as "Pac-Man" frogs because of their resemblance to the video game character and their voracious appetites. Also, like most horned frogs, they are beautifully colored, and come in different color patterns and varieties through selective breeding. Chacoan horned frogs are ambush predators and so spend most of their time lying in wait for prey to come to them. This being said, they require very little space and will thrive in a 10 gallon aquarium with moist ground coconut husks lining the bottom about two to three inches deep. Chacoan frogs hardly ever present feeding problems in captivity and can be fed a variety of prey items such as crickets, cockroaches, mealworms, feeder fish and occasionally pinky mice. Keep in mind that these frogs will pretty much eat whatever they can overpower, which includes other frogs, so they should be kept separately. Prey items should be gut loaded to make them more nutritious as well as dusted with calcium and vitamin supplements for proper bone growth.

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