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    Default Baby Pacman runs from food? New frog owner help

    Hi everyone! On Sunday I purchased a new pacman frog (thins it's a Cranwells if it matters), and he hasn't eaten for the past day or so. He spends most of his time buried, and ice or twice yesterday I dangled a cricket in his face, only for him to run away. I've only had him for a few days, but I want to make sure I'm not doing anything wrong before it's too late. Any help would be appreciated!

    1. Size of enclosure
    10gal, 12x10x8

    2. # of inhabitants - specifically other frogs and size differences
    Just the one
    3. Humidity
    Try to keep at 80 through misting
    4. Temperature
    85-90 beneath lamp (right side) evens out to other end of terrarium
    5. Water - type - for both misting and soaking dish
    Bottle water for both
    6. Materials used for substrate
    Eco Earth
    7. Enclosure set up i.e. plants (live or artificial), wood, bark and other materials.
    Two fake plants and water dish
    - How were things prepared prior to being put into the viv.
    8. Main food source
    Hand fed crickets
    9. Vitamins and calcium? (how often)
    Not yet
    10. Lighting
    Natural lighting, no direct light, about 12 hours
    11. What is being used to maintain the temperature of the enclosure
    Analog thermometer (accurate to outside temp)
    12. When is the last time he/she ate
    Sunday night
    13. Have you found poop lately
    14. A pic would be helpful including frog and enclosure
    Can post pic of specifics later
    15. How old is the frog
    Young, <2in long
    16. How long have you owned him/her
    2 days!
    17. Is the frog wild caught or captive bred
    18. Frog food- how often and if it is diverse, what other feeders are used as treats
    Crickets, trying worms soon
    19. How often the frog is handled
    Once since I got him to move him
    20. Is the enclosure kept in a high or low traffic area
    21. Describe enclosure maintenance (water changes, cleaning, etc)
    Change water everymorning

    by Lynn(Flybyferns) and GrifTheGreat.

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    Default Re: Baby Pacman runs from food? New frog owner help

    He is stressed as he in new home ,this is normal. They can burrow for a few days. try not to disturb him and pop in food at night and leave him too it. try worms ? or locusts and remove back jumping legs , give that a go.

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    Default Re: Baby Pacman runs from food? New frog owner help

    Good to know, thanks! I'll keep an eye on him and post in a few days if the problem persists.

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    Default Baby Pacman runs from food? New frog owner help

    My pacman was larger when I first got him, but he wouldn't eat for a while either. I finally just stopped messing with him and after a few days he popped back up and the fatty hasn't stopped eating since!

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    Default Re: Baby Pacman runs from food? New frog owner help

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Size:  85.0 KBI'm having the same issue. Bought my frog over a week ago and only until today I saw him jump at a cricket (missed) but at least he tried. I heard taking the back legs off and also smashing the crickets head so it just kicks his legs works. I have tried all of it and nothing. Only today did I see him try when a cricket went by. I have a 18x18x12 cage and I hope it's not to big for him. The store I got him from had him in a very small cage with only a log covering him and water dish. No room for him all. all he could do is jump in water and back under the log. They also had five crickets just walking around in it.

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    Default Re: Baby Pacman runs from food? New frog owner help

    The best way to feed is with tongs, pacmans can be clumsy hunters especially the younger ones. I have frogs that never miss and also a juvenile that never hits. So I reach them the food with tongs and this way they always get fed.
    By the way, I read that you hand feed crickets, do you actually mean with your hand? Because that would be scary for a pacman, a giant hand infront of it's little head.

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    Default Re: Baby Pacman runs from food? New frog owner help

    I have tried the feeding with tongs and he never goes for it. I even put it right in front of him and nothing. I will try again today with tongs. Last night he got out of his burrow and was moving around. I'm trying to count the crickets I had put in the cage but can't since they always hide.

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    Default Re: Baby Pacman runs from food? New frog owner help

    You have to remove the crickets every morning, or they might damage your frog. What I do with crickets is this : I remove the jumping legs, hold them by a little tummy skin and gently rub them against the frogs lower lip. It might take a while the first few times, but once your frog is adjusted to it, it works like a charm.
    Edit : make sure to hold the crickets with the feet towards you, frogs get annoyed from those little feet.

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