Frog of the Week

Tomato Frog (Dyscophus antongilii)

photo by RicciSpeziari


Common Name: Tomato Frog
Scientific Name: Dyscophus antongilii
Family: Microhylidae
Location: Madagascar
Male Size: 2.3 to 2.5 inches (60-65 mm)
Female Size: 3.3 to 4.1 inches (85-105 mm)

Tomato frogs are often found in the pet trade and at zoos. Their red color gave them their name. The color is a warning to predators that they toxic. They can produce a secretion that can both predators including us humans.

Typical breeding season is from February to March following heaving rains. The males will call out from ponds to attract the females. Once the female selects their mate, they will start to mate. Females lay between 1,000 to 15,000 eggs.

Tomato frogs was once listed as a near threatened species because of habitat loss, pollution, and over harvest for the pet trade. Their numbers have bounced back though due captive breeding of the frog for the pet trade and regulations on the trade.

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