Tomato Frog

Tomato Frog

Scientific Name

  • The scientific name of Tomato Frog are Dyscophus antongilli, D. guineti and D. insularis.

Description

  • Tomato frog has orange to red back, a yellowish underside and sometimes have black spots on the throat.
  • The bright colors serve as a warning mechanism. While not toxic, it give off a yucky, sticky white mucus which is irritating to mucous membranes & serve to ward off predators.
  • The frog can inflate body when disturbed.
  • Dyscophus antongilli is endangered in its native country as a result of deforestation and over-collecting for the pet trade.
  • This types of Tomato frogs is protected under CITES Appendix I and are ILLEGAL in trade!
  • Two other species of tomato frogs in Madagascar, D. guineti and D. insularis, neither of which are presently endangered.

Distribution

  • These frogs are found in Madagascar, Africa.
  • It is limited to the northwest part of the island.

Breeding

  • Male frog has bright yellow orange skin while female are reddish orange. 
  • 18 – 32°C temperature.
  • Mid to high humidity is ideal for breeding.

Size

  • Approx. 3 inches (7.5cm) for adult males.
  • Approx. 4 inches (10cm) for adult females

Life Span

  • 5 – 10 years.

Tomato Frog Diet and Feeding

  • Insectivorous (insects-eating); crickets, moths, flies, grasshoppers, etc also worms and fishes.
  • Remove all the remaining insects because they (specially crickets) will disturb the frog at night, resulting in unnecessary stress.
  • All food items should not be larger than 1/3 of the size of its head.

Natural Habitat and Housing

  • Terrestrial; lowlands, swamps and shallow pools.
  • They live well in temperatures from 64°F, and up to 80°F.
  • Container should be large enough but does not need to be high because they do not leap or climb high.
  • A large water bowl should be available all the time.
  • It need a soft substrate to burrow into.
  • If they start to turn an icky brown color, it’s a sign of an unhappy frog.
  • Ideally should have about 6 cm of a damp but not an overly-wet base substrate mixture for the frog to dig into.
  • This substrate can consist of pre-sterilized chopped oak and maple leaves, sphagnum moss & river sand, or you can go for some regular potting soil as long as it doesn’t contain any chemicals.
  • You can put a few large pieces of cork bark or bogwood on top and add a shallow water pan towards one corner.
  • You should mist the vivaria once or twice daily with dechlorinated or stale water to retain moisture in the substrate.