Scientific Name: dyscophus guineti
Habitat: rainforest, swamp forest
Diet: insects, worms, larvae
Life Span: 5 to 10 years
Young: 1000 – 1500 eggs per clutch
Size: 5 – 10 cm; females are larger than males
The False Tomato Frog is native to northeastern Madagascar. A burrowing frog, the False Tomato Frog, spends most of its time half-hidden in the leaves and debris that litter’s the forest floor, waiting for food or staying hidden from predators.
Another way they protect themselves from predation is to inflate themselves. They also secrete a gummy, white substance from their skin, which can produce allergic reactions in humans.
Tomato frogs get their name from the bright red colour of their skin, which can vary from yellowish-orange to a deep dark red.
Breeding happens in stagnant or very slow-moving water, and females lay their eggs several hundred at a time into the stagnant pools on the forest floor. The tadpoles are transparent and take two months to develop into a full grown frog.
To learn more about the False Tomato Frog, visit AmphibiaWeb, or visit the Edmonton Valley Zoo.