Dyscophus – Tomato frogs
Large red amphibians native to the lands of Madagascar
Known for their intimidating red-orange and yellow colors, tomato frogs have an extraordinary ability to inflate themselves as both a warning and deter any predators. When on ‘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 can typically be 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.