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False Tomato frog

Dyscophus guineti

Habitat: Rainforests and swamp forests

Range: East-central Madagascar

Natural Diet: insects (flies, ants and termites) and spiders

Status in the Wild: Common (Least Concern)

Fun Animal Facts

Adults are reddish-brown in color. The juveniles are dull in color and the color brightens as they mature. The bright coloring could be an anti-predator strategy warning predators that the animal could be toxic. While females can grow up to 4 inches in length, the males only grow to half of this size. This species is popularly housed as pets.

 

Conservation:  The tropical rainforests in Madagascar is fragmented due to subsistence agricultural practices, timber extraction, livestock grazing and encroachment of human settlements. These factors could have a detrimental influence on their population numbers in the wild.

 

 

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The false tomato frogs' coloring brightens as their mature in age (Photo courtesy: Wikimedia Commons)

Distributional range