The False Tomato Frog (Dyscophus guineti) is a freshwater amphibian in the Microhylidae family.
The False Tomato Frog is bright red or orange-red with black spots on its throat. Its underbelly is yellowish. The male is not as brightly coloured as the female.
It grows to about 5-11 centimetres (2-4 inches) in length.
It is native to Madagascar. It prefers sub-tropical or tropical moist lowland forests, swamps, or freshwater marshes.
It is nocturnal, feeding at night. It eats insects and other invertebrates, such as molluscs (snails).
The False Tomato Frog has skin with toxins that are released when it is frightened. The toxins numb its predator’s eyes and mouth, enabling it to escape.
The False Tomato Frog mates in the rainy season. The female lays eggs, which hatch into tadpoles. The tadpoles have gills to breath under water. Tadpoles also have a big head, no legs, and a tail. As the tadpole grows, it loses its tail and grows legs with webbed feet. It also develops lungs to breathe air from the surface of the water. The young frogs can live on land and in water. They are dull coloured until they mature.
The False Tomato Frog lives, on average for 6-8 years.
[Location of photographs: Parc Zoologique de Paris in Bois de Vincennes, France]
Photographer: Martina Nicolls
Martina Nicolls: SIMILAR BUT DIFFERENT IN THE ANIMAL KINGDOM