Pacman Frog Burrowing

Pacman frogs are burrowers. They spend a large part of their time buried in their moist substrate. These are large and lazy frogs. They burrow themselves with just their horns sticking out waiting patiently for their prey to come past so they can pounce.

Why is my Pacman Frog Burrowing?

Pacman frogs are lazy hunters, they ambush their prey. They hide to stay out of sight. They breathe through their skin, which means the coolness of the substrate is appealing.

Most Pacman frogs will stay out of sight the majority of the time until they reach a particular size. Young frogs will hide more than large adults.

Why do My Pacman Frog Not Burrow?

Your Pacman frog burrowing is related to the temperatures in the tank. If the tank isn’t hot enough, your frog won’t feel the need to burrow.

Pacman frogs tend to burrow in order to cool off from the hot daytime temperatures, getting out of the light.

For this reason, you want to ensure you keep your temperatures at optimal. Ideal daytime temperatures are around 82ºF with nighttime temperatures not dropping below 73ºF.

Related – Effective ways to keep ideal temperature in a Pacman frog tank.

How Deep Should My Pacman Frog Burrow?

Pacman frogs can bury themselves up to five inches to get away from the heat and light, you may find this if you have a thick substrate layer and your temperatures go too high. They dig to reach the moist substrate.

The recommended substrate layer with optimal humidity and temperature levels are between two to three inches.

How Long Can My Pacman Frog Burrow For?

Pacman frogs are known to burrow for extended periods. They prefer being hidden, ambushing their prey when they come past. It’s not uncommon for Pacman frogs to bury themselves for a week, only coming out when they are hungry.


It’s completely normal for your Pacman frog to burrow. This is how they survive in the wild.

Ensure you monitor your humidity and temperature levels regularly, providing a moist high-quality coco fiber substrate to ensure your pet enjoys a natural environment inside their captive tank.

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