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Tomato Frog

Dyscophus antongillii

Did you know?

  • Tomato frogs are a part of the Microhylidae family, which they share with hundreds of other narrow-mouthed frogs.
  • These red and round frogs really do look like tomatoes!
  • They live in freshwater habitats on the east coast of Madagascar.
  • They tend to hide during the day and move around at night.
  • A female will lay hundreds of eggs per clutch.


Tomato frogs do not have webbed hind legs, which makes them poor swimmers. They prefer calm, or almost stagnant, water habitats. They are able to excrete a toxic, which helps protect them from predators. They will inflate their size to look more menacing when threatened.

Young and Family

A female will lay hundreds of eggs at a time. The eggs are black and white. Within two days of being laid, the eggs will hatch and tadpoles will emerge. The female is larger and more vibrant than the male. Tadpoles are a dull brown.

Threat Level

  • Unknown
  • Common
  • Near Threatened
  • Threatened
  • Endangered
  • Critically Endangered
  • Extinct in the Wild

Critically Endangered

The Tomato Frog is likely to qualify for threatened category in the near future, perhaps very quickly depending on local development projects such as rainforest logging.


Eastern coast of Madagascar


In and around shallow pools, marshes, drainage channels, flooded meadows

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