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.
These frogs are found in Madagascar, Africa
It is limited to the northwest part of the island.
18 – 32 °C temperature
mid to high humidity
Approx. 3 inches (7.5cm) for males
Approx. 4 inches (10cm) for females
5 – 10years
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.
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.