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    Hello, Iím here asking for help when it comes to pacman care. One problem Iíve been having with my little green frog is that he has no appetite. I could wave his food around his face for a bit and he wonít bite. Itís been a couple weeks since he last ate and Iím getting worried. First I should probably explain how I got this little guy which might be useful.
    He was my little brotherís frog and an ďin the momentĒ purchase where the kid was really excited about the frog for a couple weeks until he started to neglect it. Which became more obvious as he left it at one of our places on the floor (in its enclosure) without telling our mom. Meaning the frog was in a plastic tub without food or water for a week. My mother and I got worried about the frog when we realized that he wasnít taking it over to our dadís or giving it water. So we checked on it. The substrate was as dry as the dirt here in a summer drought, it was moldy, and the tub was infested with bugs. SOMEHOW this little frog was still alive. So I took him. I relocated him from his nasty plastic tub into a ten gallon screen top tank, replaced the POTTING SOIL he was using as substrate with ecoearth, switched out the hide- an unsecured flower pot that was turned on its side- for a half log hide, bought some fake plants to provide cover as the only ďplantĒ in there was a teeny plastic bush thing that was just hanging out in the corner, and got a thermometer and hydrometer.
    Iíve had him for a couple months now (heís shed a couple times and even vocalized some!) and he was eating until when winter officially came. You see, my room doesnít hold in heat very well and itís on the windy side of the building. Normally I wouldnít have to worry about the temperature of the tank as my area gets pretty hot, but Iíve been struggling to keep the temperature in the seventy range as my side mounted heat pad doesnít seem to be helping. So for now Iíve been using a space heater to keep his tank (and myself) warm. And now he isnít eating. Heís been buried AND vocalizing every time Iíve been in the room and when heís out of the dirt, heís in the water bowl and will sometimes shed. Then heíll go back to his little hole underneath one of the fake plantís leaves. I really hope there isnít anything wrong with him.
    Does anyone know if thereís something up with his behavior? And does anyone know what would be the best way to heat up the tank yet still keep humidity in?

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    We use a zoo med heater that sits on top of tge tank screen. People mention putting under tank heaters but i am afraid our frog might burrow down to the heater. Thank you for taking in the pacman. Hopefully once he feels safe and warm he will start eating.

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    That sounds like normal behavour, if he is looking healthy. They sense seasonal changes outside and slow down during winter months even when both temps and humitidy is spot on all the time.
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    Quote Originally Posted by cwebster View Post
    We use a zoo med heater that sits on top of tge tank screen. People mention putting under tank heaters but i am afraid our frog might burrow down to the heater. Thank you for taking in the pacman. Hopefully once he feels safe and warm he will start eating.
    UTH shoud never be on a bottom of the tank for multiple reasons. One of them yes - risk of burning, but the other is it is not natural for them. They need temperature of the air warm, and burry themself to cool of in a wild, same principle should be applied in captivity. The best heating IMHO of course is ceramic heaters or infrared on top of the cage
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    From what I know, frogs hibernate during the winter months. If he's looking healthy, don't worry about it. If he starts acting even more strange, try to do some more research.

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