Did you know?
Tomato Frogs are brightly coloured to prevent predators from eating them, as they’re toxic and secrete a white substance from the skin much like glue, and will even inflate themselves giving the impression of a greater size to deter predators.
Home: Eastern Madagascar.
Diet: Insectivorous; using an ‘ambush’ strategy to hunt, waiting motionless for unsuspecting prey to pass.
Lifestyle: Inhabiting rainforest and swamp forests, and poorly drained clearings adjacent to forest. This species is a poor swimmer, and can often hear male frogs calling to females from ditches, marshes and shallow pools after rainfall.
Young: After heavy rainfall, females lay a clutch of 1,000 to 15,000 in stagnant or slow moving water, which float on the surface and hatch 36 hours later.
Lifespan: 10 years.
Conservation Status: Least Concern, however populations are decreasing due to their habitat reducing and exploitation in the pet trade. This species is protected under CITES Appendix II.