Oklahoma, United States
Scientific name: Ceratophrys cornuta /
Habitat / Place of Origin: The Fantasy Horned Frog
is a man-made hybrid of a Chacoan Horned Frog (Ceratophrys cranwelli) and the Amazonian Horned Frog (Ceratophrys cornuta). The Fantasy Horned Frog is a popular pet amphibian because of its size, bright colors and large mouth, but it is not able to reproduce because it is a hybrid species.
Size and Coloration: The Fantasy Horned Frog appears in many different colors and patterns. Colors can range between orange, yellow, brown and green. The Fantasy Horned Frog was created in an attempt to maintain a brighter coloration into adulthood than either of its parent species.
Caging: Any enclosure similar to the size of a 10 gallon tank is suitable for one frog its whole life. It’s best to house these frogs alone to avoid cannibalism and fighting. Always have a secure top.
Captive Care: Temperatures should be kept within the range of 75-80F during the day time. Nighttime temperatures can drop a few degrees without problems. Humidity should stay between 60-70%. The next important thing for these frogs is a loose substrate. Peat moss, coco fiber, no chemical potting soil, and similar substrates will be fine. They like to burrow themselves in the substrate, so keep 3-5 inches of substrate in the enclosure. Avoid substrates of rocks, gravel, and bark which can be eaten and cause internal injury that may become fatal. Substrate should be moist enough so that it holds shape, but does not have excess water coming out of it. Misting the tank a couple times a day will keep the substrate moist. A shallow water dish must also be used. Since they have such small legs, they are not good swimmers and will drown if water is too deep. Always use dechlorinated water when misting or replacing the water dish. Tank décor is not needed but fake plants, log hides, driftwood, and other items may be added. The frog will not make used of these however, and will most likely stay burrowed in the substrate.
Breeding: The Fantasy Horned Frog is sterile and can't be bred, because it is a hybrid, man-made species.
Diet: Ceratophrys frogs will basically eat anything that moves. Crickets, cockroaches, earthworms, and other insects may be fed. Larger frogs may also be supplied with pinkie or fuzzy mice. Tadpoles need live foods such as bloodworms, black worms, or tubifex worms. Froglets need the same food as adults, just smaller in size. These frogs often bite the hand that feeds as well. Temperament - These frogs are very lazy and will stay in their burrow for 98% of the time. The only time they come out is to get in their water dish or for feeding. It’s best not to handle these frogs often because the oil and salts on our skin will harm them. They can and will also bite.