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Madagascan Tomato Frog
Length : Males are 6 to 6.5 cm or 2.0 to 2.5 inches
Length : Females are 8.5 cm to 10.5 cm or 3.0 to 4.0 inches
Color : Males are dull yellow orange
Color : Females are solid bright red/orange with some shadesof
Both Male & Female have a yellowish underside and sometimesshow
black on their throats
Toxic Level : Both Male & Female give out a whitish skin
secretion which is used for defense against predators
Toxin can occasionally cause allergic reactions in humans
The Madagascan Tomato Frog is found only in Madagascar
and there they are limited to the northwestern part of the island.
Adults are fairly large as you can see from the dimensions
provided above, sometimes as big as a person's fist. Now that is pretty
large for a frog !!
The interesting thing about Tomato Frogs is, that the
male is quite a bit smaller then the female, actually about only one third
in size compared to the female. Another interesting fact is that the male
is not as bright in coloration as the female and is showing only a dull
orange or brownish-orange instead of the reddish-orange found in females.
As Juveniles, both the female and male Tomato Frog are
dull in color and only develop their individual coloration as they mature
and utilize this coloration as a warning mechanism. Would you approach
someome you don't know, that is colored bright red and exudes a sticky
white, irritating mucus ? Not me ! Well, there you have it, the warning
mechanism seems to work just fine !
|Special environmental and
The Dyscophus antongilii is what we call a sit
and wait kind of predator. They don't like to move much and rather have
their prey pass by. They key in on any movement around them and act quickly
as they ambush their " meal "
This frog is quite a terrestrial kind of guy, who likes
the swamps and any shallow pool.
You may also find them in drainage ditches and slow moving
bodies of water.
Comments about the Madagascan Tomato Frog:
The Madagascan Tomato Frog ( Dyscophus antongilii )
recently has been listed on Appendix I of the Convention on International
Trade in Endangered Species, also referred to as CITES.
The main reason for its listing is the dramatic deforestation
in Madagascar and unfortunately the worldwide trade of this species across
the globe. The captive population ( registered ) in U.S. Zoos currently
stands at 101 adult specimens at 21 institutions and remains at a critical
level and high priority on the AZA ( Amphibian Taxon Advisory Group.
Personal Observations at the Forth WorthZoo
The Tomato Frog is very interesting to observe, as it
rarely moves; occasionally blinks ( if you are lucky and v e r y
patient ) and as mentioned earlier feeds by literally stalking its prey.
I was informed by the zoo keepers, that is is very difficult to make the
little guy happy, as they require both the right temperature and humidity
levels, to feel right at home.
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