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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

Only a Mother’s Love…

We are taught that toads leave their fertilized eggs in the water in long strings, which hatch into tadpoles, who live in the water until they grow legs and lungs and become toads. Sounds simple enough, right? Well, there always has to be an exception to the rule: the male Suriname toad implants eggs into the female’s back, which sink into her skin and forms pockets where the eggs eventually hatch into tadpoles. These tadpoles live on their mother’s back until transforming into toads, at which point they burrow out of her skin in a fascinating or horrifying (or both) display, depending on your perspective.

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