Having celebrated the one year mark of my Pacman frog, Tsu, has made me in all my human competence, a self-proclaimed frog whisperer.
You see, no one among my family and peers happens to own, would like to own or is even mildly interested in a pet frog. I was under the impression that Tsu (more on her name later) would be a low maintenance, feed and forget kind of living room relic.
But no, the only thing she can’t do is croak, but it seems that the little critter is very much capable of wreaking havoc in her 1ft x 1ft terrain.
I made her substrate a little deeper at about 3 feet, in the hopes of sinking her to longer naps. This resulted to more chaotic ceiling-high substrate or strangely, the outside of her cage. If someone would like to gift me with a recording device, now would be the best time.
Whenever I Google “Pacman frog”, most articles, forum, issues and even reviews mainly come from the US where the weather is just cooler, dry and a far-cry from Manila’s infinite summer. Hence, zero appetite, non interest in food and burrowing all week may be common issues, but are the opposite for me, whose frog seems to be perpetually hangry.
Issues my frog has posed but were never dealt with online are: very, very, very hot weather, dehydration, indigestion from overfeeding of overenthusiastic owner and my frog is afraid of water.
How I wish there’d be a community here. Imagine our talks about baby mice and murder!
Tsu cute for you
Speaking of Tsu, if you haven’t heard of the anime/manga My Hero Academia, well too bad you haven’t seen Tsuyu Asui or Froppy, the frog hero my frog’s name came from.
Many people cannot pronounce Tsu, such as my dad who calls her Froggy (not even Froppy). At times when she is bloated, droopy or on the verge of pooping, I call her Froopy. In a hurry, she becomes Frops.
You’re free to call her anything, since I’m 100% sure she can’t hear you.
Are you ribbit for a frog?
Just to manage the expectations for those who might be interested in having a pet froggo:
- If you’re expecting the love and affection of dogs or the snobbishness of cats, you’ll get none of those. What you’ll receive is a dose of boredom and zero movements for a long time. Think of it as a game of statue dance where the frog always wins.
- Pacman frogs are not known for touching or playing with because they have sensitive skin (they breathe through it). They also have tiny but sharp teeth, so anything placed in front of them is bound to be lunged at, bitten or licked at the very least. The bite draws blood—and the first time I got bit, I thought she scratched me. Either way, what a witch!
- They cannot hear you so there’s no use calling them. I’ve tried calling her to feed her, snapping and hooting and playing frog sounds—don’t bother. She’s as stoic as a pet rock. She does respond visually to strange sights—me in a clay mask, a surgical mask and a bird. Other than those, you will be a bore to her.
- I’ve never heard her croak, “gero” or even scream! I heard a faint boop about 2x, and that’s when she had indigestion. On a normal day, it’s silence. On the bright side, I can play rock music and she will not care.
Of course there are cool things to balance the boredom:
- Feeding time rocks because she catches crickets and finishes them off in one gulp. Don’t be fooled by the lazy facade because she can lick off her food in a nano second. Blink and you’ll have to wait for another week.
- Still on the feeding frenzy. I love it how when she’s hungry, she sits and waits on me! Suddenly my friend now, huh?
- Daytime, tiny dotted eyes. Night time, watch those pupils grow like she’s high on moonlight.
- There are occasions, undocumented, when she goes on rave party rampage at night, when everyone’s asleep. She literally jumps and crawls all over the terrarium till the wee hours of the morning. I always wake to a splotchy glass and a guilty looking frog. It must’ve been wild.
- Last but not the least, my frog seems to have a resting smile face. Others may mistaken it for a murderous glare but it seems to me that she’s just smirking. Definitely not a sad frog!
Home Tsu-weet Home
I was cleaning her cage once and left her in a smaller terrarium. When I brought in the clean cage minus the frog, I spotted her outside jumping frantically in my direction. Looks like despite all her killer instinct, she still knows where her true home is.
Or maybe… she was hungry at that time? Yeah, that must’ve been it.
How bout Tsu? Having thoughts of getting a pet frog?