Tomato, Tomato, Tomato Frog!
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Endemic to Madagascar, Tomato Frogs can be found in the subtropical and tropical moist lowland forests on the eastern coast of the island from Maroantsetra to Toamasina.
Their bright coloring serves as a warning sign to predators that they are not safe to eat. But, not all predators heed the warning. And at first bite, tomato frogs secrete a thick white substance that oozes into the eyes and mouths of its predators, causing the predator to release the frog. Although not deadly to humans, the substance contains a toxin that can cause an allergic reaction.
When threatened, Tomato Frogs also inflate their bodies to appear larger to predators.
- Females have brighter tones of red or orange with a pale undersurface. Some individuals even have black spots on their throats.
- Females are larger in size than males.
- Breed in shallow pools, swamps and slow-moving water.
- Near threatened, according to the International Union for Conservation of Nature's Red List, due to habitat destruction, pollution and pet trade.
The Tomato Frog is on display in Expedition Madagascar. Omaha's Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium has three males and four females.