For many years the “true” Tomato frog has not been available in the trade, being listed as CITES 1 to protect them within their natural habitat. The species has now joined its closely related species Dyscophus guineti, downgraded to CITES 2, which allows sustainable trade more easily. This is good news!
They occur in a small geographical area around Antongil Bay (hence the latin name) in Madagascar, up to around 200 metres elevation. Habitat includes tropical and sub-tropical lowland forests around marshes, slow moving rivers, plantations, parks and gardens in urban areas, ponds and drainage ditches. In captivity they do fine in a moderately warm terrarium of around 22-24C. They like to burrow, a substrate such
as Arcadia EartMix or ProRep BioLife Forest will allows for this. They thrive in a planted natural terrarium with real plants. Provide a small shallow water bowl and hides. Lighting can be provided by a Jungle Dawn Led fitting.
Like most frogs they are insectivorous, eating a vast amount of “pest” insects such as flies, mosquitos, beetles – along with worms and other invertebrates. In captivity they readily eat virtually all commercially available livefood including crickets, locusts, waxworms etc. Always supplement with a good quality balanced calcium and multi-vitamin powder.
Like many frogs they excrete substances that are mildly toxic, they protect them from predators. This is thought to explain the bright colours.
This can sting an open cut and possibly cause allergic reactions, but this is rare and no more likely than most other frogs.