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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

Swiss Army Skin

Amphibian skin is not covered in hair, feathers, or scales. It is thin and permeable, which allows them to actually breathe and drink through their skin! Their skin is not watertight, but they have mucous glands that produce secretions to help keep them from drying out Their skin also serves as a handy defense mechanism: nearly all amphibians have poison glands that make their skin toxic - and on top of that, it can even serve as a tasty treat after they shed it (yes, many amphibians eat their own sloughed off skin)!

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