CREATURE FEATURE: Argentine Horned Frog

The Argentine Horned Frog (Ceratophys ornata) is a non-poisonous amphibian. It is also known as the Pacman Frog, the South American Horned Frog, or the Argentine Wide-Mouthed Frog. 

The Argentine Horned Frog has a thick, round, bright green body with dark or red markings that look like an artist’s palette of paint. It camouflages itself well in its environment. It has a wide mouth, which is why it is named after the video character Pac-Man. 

It measures 7-10 centimetres (3-4 inches) in length. 

Argentine Horned Frog

The Argentine Horned Frog is native to Argentina, Brazil, Uraguay, and Paraguay in South America. It prefers humid tropical regions. It likes swamps and wetlands, near water. It is terrestrial, living on the ground, especially in mud.  

It feeds on insects, such as crickets, locusts, cockroaches, and flies. It also eats earthworms, millipedes, and even mice. It catches insects with its sticky tongue or ambushes them as they approach it. It has odontoid projections that are similar to teeth. 

The Argentine Horned Frog is diurnal, active during the day. 

Sometimes it is cannibalistic, eating its own mate. The female Argentine Horned Frog lays about 2,000 eggs in the water. The eggs hatch into tadpoles after about 14 days. 

It has an average life expectancy of 4-7 years in the wild. 

Argentine Horned Frog
Argentine Horned Frog
Argentine Horned Frog
Argentine Horned Frog

Photographer: Martina Nicolls


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