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Scientific Name: Ceratophrys ornata
Habitat: Grasslands near temporary water bodies
Diet: Insects, spiders, rodents and small reptiles
Life span: 1-4 years (up to 10 years in captivity)
Young: 2000 eggs per clutch
Size: 7-15 cm (2.76-5.91 in)

The pacman frog, also known as the ‘ornate horned frog’ or the ‘Argentine horned frog’ has a declining population due to habitat loss from agriculture as well as the unfounded belief that it is venomous. These frogs will try to eat anything they can fit in their mouths, even if they suffocate in the process.

Fun Fact: Pacman frogs have a fearless reputation as a predator.


World map with parts of Argentina, Uruguay and Sri Lanka highlighted.

Range: Parts of Argentina, Uruguay and Brazil


Near threatened

Status: Near threatened

For More Information

Edmonton Valley Zoo

13315 Buena Vista Road (87th Avenue)
PO Box 2359
Edmonton, Alberta T5J 2R7


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