Tomato Frog

Dyscophus guineti

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.

Tomato Frog