Thursday, May 26, 2011

Tomato Frog Exotic Pets and are Often ILLegally Collected

The tomato frog lives only in the exporting country and is often found in towns. Like other species with poisonous defenses, the palm-sized tomato frog boasts bright warning colors ranging from dark pink to fire-engine red. Tomato frogs are very popular as exotic pets and are often illegally collected. One pet shop owner in Osaka was caught selling 25 tomato frogs for $90 each. The frogs had been illegally imported through Switzerland.

Tomato Frog

Tomato Frog is any one of the three species of genus Dyscophus, also commonly known as Crapaud Rouge De Madagascar, is endemic to Madagascar. It is one of the most brightly colored frogs in the world. Its natural habitats are subtropical or tropical moist lowland forests. It can also be found living on rivers, swamps, freshwater marshes, intermittent freshwater marches, arable lands, plantations, rural gardens, urban areas, heavily degraded former forest, ponds, and canals and ditches. It is threatened by habitat loss.

Tomato Frogs will reach sexual maturity in 9 - 14 months. Females are larger than males and can reach 4 inches in length. Males can reach 2 to 3 inches in length. Most females range from reddish-orange bright dark red. The bellies are usually more yellowish, and sometimes there are black spots on the throat. But males are not as brightly colored but more of a duller orange or brownish-orange. Juveniles are also dull in color and develop brighter coloration as they mature.

Tomato Frog

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