Tomato Frog

Scientific Name:

  • 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:

  • 18 – 32 °C temperature
  • mid to high humidity

Nesting:

Size:

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

Life Span:

  • 5 – 10years

Diet:

  • Insectivorous (insects-eating); crickets, moths, flies, grasshoppers, etc also worms and fishes.
  • Remove all the remaining insects because they (specially crickets) will be harassing it at night, resulting stress, all food items should be no larger than 1/3 of the size of its head.

Habitat:

  • Terrestrial; lowlands, swamps and shallow pools.
  • They live well in temperatures from 64 up to 80°F.
  • Container should be large enough but does not need to be high because they do not climb high much
  • 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 a unhappy frog. Ideally should have about 6 cm of a damp but not too wet base substrate mixture to dig into. This substrate can consist of pre-sterilized chopped oak & 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.