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January 25, 2006 8:45 PM   Subscribe

The PacMan Frog! What is it about this most saffronly rotund of amphibians that has inspired so many hideous web sites? (Don't even bother clicking on this one. It goes right to a geocities site.) Perhaps it's their tendency to try to eat anything they could get their oversized mouths on. They are, in fact, so ready and willing to consume anything within biting distance that it is recommended that owners feed these frogs with spoons. Pac man frogs will tend to bite anything that moves. Never use you [sic] bare hands when feeding to avoid bites. Many frogs are killed when a hand is quickly drawn away from a bite and the horned frog is flung against a wall. This one, apparently, just put a bounty out on Han Solo.

Whether you love them or hate them, all pacman frog owners agree: there's no tidy way to wrap up a post about pacman frogs. (Warning: almost inhumanly annoying website behind link. embedded qt midi music (really, though. what if God WERE one of us?) and horrific purple color scheme.)
posted by shmegegge (16 comments total)

 
there's no tidy way to wrap up a post about pacman frogs

Yes there is -- just ask George! He rules at Frogger.
posted by ericb at 8:55 PM on January 25, 2006


I love them. All glory to the Hypno-Toad.
posted by Gator at 8:56 PM on January 25, 2006


Glorious puddles of froggity goodness! I lurvs them. I even licked one once, and it did absolutely nothing for me aside from giving me the ability to say, "yup..I licked it".
i *heart* you froggysplat!
posted by Bucket o' Heads at 9:01 PM on January 25, 2006


The Kermitage welcomes you! [via].
posted by ericb at 9:10 PM on January 25, 2006


They sound easy to keep. I like frogs, these look cool. I still like North American Leopard frogs best, just because. In spring, I always feel better when the frogs come out to sing.

I have always seen photos/film of frogs croaking with the skin under their chin. But in Portugal, I photographed frogs croaking with 2 membranes on either side of their head. Looked weird, sounded fantastic. Alas, I didn't have a camera that recorded sound, then. (and frog singing was one of my biggest motivations for getting one).
posted by Goofyy at 9:17 PM on January 25, 2006


Wow, that second link is beautiful. Thanks for the post!
posted by Goofyy at 9:19 PM on January 25, 2006


They have teeth!
posted by 31d1 at 9:22 PM on January 25, 2006


While doing a GIS for pacman frog so I could see more froggy goodness of this flavor, I came across this. Words fail me.

Anyway, because I forgot to say it the first time, thanks shmegegge. I love frogs, even when they're croaking loudly all night outside my window, which is every night, and even when they somehow get into my apartment and start leaping from wall to wall to avoid my broom, which is about once a week or so. They're just so darn cute.
posted by Gator at 9:22 PM on January 25, 2006


another thing about the pacman frog (it's an anecdote, so I didn't want to put it in the front post.) is that, according to an acquaintance, they don't ever move if they don't have to. But, if you put a string of pellets on the ground, they'll follow the pellet chain, eating as they go, to complete the visual representation of their namesake. For that reason alone I want to own one, and put it in a tank with a carpet on the bottom that looks just like a pacman maze.
posted by shmegegge at 9:27 PM on January 25, 2006


Great post. thanks shmegegge!
posted by vacapinta at 10:23 PM on January 25, 2006


My frog Ragu bit me...and had to call the doctor, since you never know what disease you're going to get from a reptile bite.
posted by sourwookie at 10:55 PM on January 25, 2006


Camel Spider vs. PacMan Frog :

Who wins ?
posted by troutfishing at 11:46 PM on January 25, 2006


troutfishing, nobody would ever know. The audience would go screaming into the night as soon as the evil camel spider appeared.
posted by cmyk at 12:46 AM on January 26, 2006


What if frogs were one of us?
posted by furtive at 5:44 AM on January 26, 2006


I've kept several pacman / pixie frogs. They're delightful - something really more akin to plants, though. About the teeth - needly things. They aren't designed to release their prey - it's horribly traumatic to the animal if it gets hold of something it can't swallow.

They'll sit dormant for months, half buried in mud or soil. Many people buy them from the pet store in little fish bowls, they sell them there when they're about the size of a quarter (extremely cute.) However, they soon grow to adulthood - Princess Lulu, my albino, grew to be about the size of a softball.

I also raised baby geckos as a child. One day, after Princess Lulu had been sitting motionless in her mucky jungle tank for about a month, I abruptly needed a place to keep three or four baby leopard geckos. I figured with Lulu sleeping, it would be fine to set them in there for five minutes while I cleaned their tank.

Princess Lulu gobbled them faster than Christopher Walken on a bag of boiled hot dogs.

Nevertheless, cool pet. Totally motionless for 99.9999% of it's life. Don't get one if you're looking for something that moves around.

If you want an active amphibian you can't beat the good old mudskipper. (Even though it's technically a fish. I think.) They are awesome - and VERY active. They spend their day flipping around their tank, making weird noises and squirting water.
posted by Baby_Balrog at 7:11 AM on January 26, 2006


You had me at 'saffronly rotund'.
posted by blacklite at 8:01 AM on January 26, 2006


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