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Do Pacman Frogs Have Teeth?

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Yes Pacman frogs are carnivorous and therefore they have two types of teeth, the maxillary and the vomerine. What is interesting is that frogs only have teeth in their upper jaw, but that doesn't mean your Pacman frog cannot give a little bite.

Pacman Frog Maxillary Teeth

The maxillary teeth are not easily visible, even when your frog’s mouth is open. These teeth line the edge of the mouth and are all the same size and shape. They only have one function to assist in holding prey. The teeth are not designed for chewing, frogs do not chew. A frog’s tongue is located in the frog of the mouth; therefore, the teeth are designed to hold the prey helping them get it in the correct position for swallowing, helping direct the prey to the back of the throat.

There are approximately forty maxillary teeth on both sides of the Pacman frog’s mouth. They are located on the roof of the mouth and are cone shaped. These are only there to hold food.

Pacman frogs have spare teeth waiting to come through as needed and they replace their teeth regularly.

Pacman Frog Vomerine Teeth

The vomerine teeth are even harder to spot in your frog’s mouth than the maxillary teeth. These are pointy teeth found in pairs obscured by the mucus membrane. These teeth are there to assist with food, keeping the prey in place, helping the frog swallow the food.

The vomerine teeth are found in pairs on the roof of the mouth and are designed to hold the prey firmly while the frog eats. Again, the vomerine teeth are replaced when needed.

Do Pacman Frogs Bite?

Pacman frogs are known to bite. They are one of the very few frog species that will bite if they feel threatened. The good news is that in most instances, your Pacman frog shouldn't bite you once they are used to you. These frogs are known to bite when hungry or mistake fingers for food.

Pacman frog bites are not very painful, but they are not pleasant and they can draw blood. Often the frog lets go straight away, but in the event, it holds on. Do not shake it off. Rather place the frog under running water.

Bites can cause discomfort, but the good news is that these frogs are not poisonous. Ensure you clean the wound if your frog draws blood using water and an antiseptic.

Conclusion

While Pacman frogs do have teeth, they will only bite if they feel threatened. The teeth are there to hold and direct food while they swallow it. These are not poisonous frogs.

To avoid the risk of being accidentally bitten by your Pacman frog, it's recommended to use tongs rather than feeding by hand. You can also use live food to encourage natural hunting instincts in your frog.

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