tomato frog

What do tomato frogs do at night?

What do tomato frogs do at night? 

Tomato frogs are nocturnal and are therefore awake during the night when they are busy going about their lives. They lay in ambush for prey and eat when catching some. They will hydrate in shallow water and male frogs will be calling loudly to mating partners in the area, which will also take place during the night. 

Do tomato frogs like being held and handled? 

Tomato frogs really don’t like being held and handled; in fact, they’ll tell you how much they like it by secreting a toxic sticky substance from their skin when you do so. So, make sure you wear gloves when you need to handle your frog, for example when you clean the tank, but otherwise best to leave them be as much as possible

Can tomato frogs and tree frogs live together? 

Tomato frogs will get stressed when housed with other frog breeds, especially when these are larger than himself. This is known as predatory-prey stress, and this will your tomato frog make unhappy. Therefore, it’s best to house your tomato frog on his own or with another tomato frog in a large tank.  

How long do tomato frogs live for? 

They normally live between 6 and 8 years but can get as old as 10 years in some instances. How old they will get is largely down to husbandry and their living conditions, of which especially their diet. They don’t live longer as pets as they do in the wild. 

Do tomato frogs change color? 

Tomato frogs in the wild are a deeper red compared to pet tomato frogs which tend to be more orange. With the right nutrition, particularly the female tomato frogs kept as pets, can become deeper red as well.  

You might also like:

Do tomato frogs need to be kept in pairs? 

These frogs are solitary animals and do better when kept on their own. If you do want more than one frog, get another adult tomato frog rather than another frog breed. If you house them with a smaller frog, like a juvenile, there is a big chance it will kill the smaller frog. Ensure you house them in a large tank of at least 10 gallons in size, so they can have their own are to live in and can stay distanced if they want to. 

tomato frog hiding
Tomato Frog

What is a vent in a tomato frog? 

The vent also known as the cloaca, is an exit hole at the back of the frog’s body from which the frog excretes feces and urine and is also used as a passage for sperm and eggs. Both male and female (tomato) frogs have a vent, and their length is measured from their snout to their vent 

How big does a tomato frog get? 

The females are larger than the male and are often about 3,5 to 4 inches long but can be as large as 5 inches long. The males which will roughly be 2,5 inches when reaching adulthood. Their length is measured from snout to vent. 

How do you tell a frog is a tomato frog? 

Tomato frogs have a very distinctive deep red-orange color and when they feel under attack, they puff up into a ball making them look like a tomato – hence the name. Sometimes they have black spots, but not always.  

Can you keep a tomato frog with a chubby frog? 

Tomato frogs should be kept on their own or with one other tomato frog as different frog breeds can pass on disease and parasites which can make all of them sick. Frogs will also get stressed with other frog breeds in their tank, so it’s best to house them on their own or with another tomato frog. 

Do you need to keep more than one tomato frog? 

No, you don’t need to have more than one tomato frog as tomato frogs are quite happy to live on their own. They are solitary animals in the wild but can live alongside another tomato frog if they are given enough space to have their own area of the tank to live.  

What does a tomato frog look like? 

Tomato frogs have a beautiful red-orange and yellow color, sometimes with blackish spots. Their underside is an off-white/beige color. An adult is about 6 to 9 cm long (2.5 to 3.5 inches) with the females being larger than the males. 

Where do tomato frogs live in the wild? 

The only place where tomato frog lives in the wild is in Madagascar, and only in the eastern part of the island in the rainforest from Antongil Bay to Andevoranto.. Because of deforestation and poaching there are few tomato frogs left in the wild and they are now an endangered species. 

What habitat do tomato frogs live in? 

They live in coastal forests and lowland on the island of Madagascar.  

Is the tomato frog endangered? 

The Dycophus Antongili which is considered the true tomato frog, has been added to the endangered animals list which means they are protected animals; however, deforestation and poaching for the pet trade are still going on and are a problem to their survival. 

How many tomato frogs are there? 

There are 3 species of tomato frog which all come from the same family and are found in the wild in Madagascar, an island of the east coast of Africa. The 3 species are the Dycophus Antongili which is considered to be the true tomato frog (tomato frog), Dyscophus Insularis (Antsouhy frog) and the Dyscophus Guineti (Sambava frog). 

What is the difference between the tomato frogs? 

The Dycophus Antongili is considered to be the true tomato frog and is the reddest in color. The other two tomato frogs, the Dyscophus Insularis (Antsouhy frog) and the Dyscophus Guineti (Sambava frog) are lighter in color and are more orange than red. This means that they are less popular as a pet, which saves them from over collection for the pet trade, and therefore from extinction. 

Why is a tomato frog called a tomato frog? 

Tomato frogs are called tomato frogs because of their bright red and orange color and because they puff up when they want to appear larger than it is when threatened, which makes them look round, like a tomato. 

Why are tomato frog red? 

In order to look like they aren’t very good to eat, some animals have bright, warning coloration. It lets predators know to look for food elsewhere. When tomato frogs are picked up by a predator, they will inflate themselves and release a toxic fluid from their skin which is unpalatable for the predator, which will likely drop the frog.  

What is a false tomato frog? 

There are three species of tomato frog, however only one (Dyscophus antongilii ) has a deep red vivid color; the other two are more orange and have a less vivid color and are therefore sometimes called ‘false tomato frogs.’ 

What do tomato frogs do at night? As they are nocturnal, they lay in wait for prey to come near and males might call out for mates as well.

Scroll to Top