Also known as the Pac-Man Frog, the Ornate Horned Frog's color variations are tan and brown, green and brown, and albino. It has been compared to Budgett's Frog (Lepidobatrachus laeuis), Pixie Frog, Mouse Eating Frog, and African Bull Frogs (Pyxicephalus adspersus). The Ornate Horned Frog grows rapidly, reaching a size of six inches by 5-6 months of age.
It is best not to handle the Ornate Horned Frog; it is an observation "pet." It is generally not compatible with other tank inhabitants. The most important thing to remember with this frog is that it needs fresh, clean water at all times. If this is not provided, the frog is likely to develop a bacterial infection, which will eventually kill the frog. The frog's normal life span is 7-9 years with proper care.
These frogs do best with a 9 to 12-hour photoperiod. Longer periods of light may cause them to stop eating. Fluorescent bulbs are preferred over incandescent light because the latter may dry out their skin.
Adult males are smaller, sometimes with loose, dark-bearded throats, and nuptial pads on their inner thumbs. Females have no beard.
Babies and juveniles must be kept separately. Larger frogs will prey on smaller frogs.