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Grenouille tomate © MNHN - F-G Grandin

The tomato frog

The tomato frog, Dyscophus guineti, is an amphibian from the Microhylidae family and lives in the primary forests of Madagascar.

Profile

Class, order and family :
Amphibia, Anura, Microhylidae
Life span :
up to 10 years in captivity
Size & Weight :
between 6 and 10 cm, 20 - 50 g
Incubation period :
the female can lay up to 1,500 eggs
Natural habitat :
primary forests near water sources
Diet :
worms, spiders and small mammals
Native region :
Madagascar
Statut UICN : 

Least Concern (LC)

Distinctive features

The male is yellow-orange in colour, whereas the female is a deeper red-orange.

Anecdote

If it feels threatened, the tomato frog inflates its body and displays its colour, brighter in females. Its skin secretes a toxin which is not dangerous but irritating and sticky, and which sticks to the teeth of any predators attempting to catch it.