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Tomato Frog

(Dyscophus antongilii)


Category: Amphibians



These bright red to yellowish-orange colored frogs are native to the forests and fields of Madagascar that get heavy rain during the late spring and summer. When grabbed by a predator, the Tomato frog secretes a gummy substance that gets in its attacker’s eyes and mouth, causing the attacker to release the frog.




Data & Facts

Scientific Classification
Kingdom - Animalia
Phylum - Chordata
Class - Amphibia
Order - Anura
Family - Microhylidae
Genus - Dyscophus
Species - D. antongilii

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Interesting Animal Facts

Make sure you retract your eyes 30 times before swallowing!

It has long been known that Frogs retract their eyes and close them while eating, leading scientists to suspect that frogs use their eyes to help them swallow. This suspicion was finally confirmed in 2004, when the northern leopard frog was observed by scientists retracting its eyes while swallowing crickets, actually using them to help push the food toward its esophagus!

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