Madagascar tomato frog

Agricultural practices & charcoal production pose threats to these large red Madagascar natives

Franco Andreone

Known for their intimidating red-orange and yellow colors, tomato frogs can inflate themselves as both a warning and to deter any predators. When in ‘inflated mode,’ they look like ripened tomatoes and become nearly impossible to be swallowed.

That’s not all! These frogs can also release toxic secretions through their skin when threatened. They are typically found in farmlands and drainage ditches with easy access to slow-moving water. Small invertebrates and arthropods make up most of their diet. There are three species in this genus, and the IUCN currently lists tomato frogs as Near Threatened.


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Terrestrial / Aquatic

Altricial / Precocial

Polygamous / Monogamous

Dimorphic (size) / Monomorphic

Active: Diurnal / Nocturnal

Social behavior: Solitary / Pack / Herd

Diet: Carnivore / Herbivore / Omnivore / Piscivorous / Insectivore

Migratory: Yes / No

Domesticated: Yes / No

Dangerous: Yes / No