amphibian-care

How to Care for Your Tomato Frog

February 23, 2021

tomato frog

Description

Tomato frogs (Dyscophus guineti) are 2-4” long, nocturnal, terrestrial amphibians native to the rainforests of Madagascar. As their name implies, they are generally bright red, although males may be more of an orange or yellow color.

As is the case with most amphibians, tomato frogs should be handled sparingly and with good hand sanitation. That being said, tomato frogs are generally considered beginner-level pet amphibians.

Housing

Tomato frogs should be housed in a no smaller than a 10”L x 20”W x 12”H tank, with larger being better. If you wish to keep a group of tomato frogs, you will need proportionally larger to make sure they all have enough space. Although these frogs are terrestrial, the enclosure still must have a lid to prevent potential escape.

Tomato frogs like to burrow, and also may spend some time soaking in water. Use a substrate of moistened terrarium soil, coconut fiber, or sphagnum moss at least 2-3” deep, and place a shallow water bowl large enough for the frog to soak. You will also need to offer multiple hiding places so the frog feels secure.

Humidity should be at least 60%, which can be maintained by misting 1-2x/day and using sturdy live plants. Frogs are sensitive to chemicals in their water, so you will need to use amphibian-safe water conditioners in all water.

Heating and Lighting

Tomato frogs can generally be maintained at room temperature, but if you need supplementary heat, you can use a ceramic heat emitter on a thermostat to help maintain appropriate ambient temps. If the ambient temperature exceeds the low 80’s, use an ice pack or other frozen item to cool the environment.

Tomato frogs are technically able to survive without UVB lighting, but it is required for them to thrive. You will need a low-intensity Zoo Med or Arcadia UVB lamp, half the length of the enclosure and mounted in a reflective fixture. UVB bulbs decay over time, so you will need to replace yours every 12 months to maintain performance.

If plants are in the enclosure, lighting appropriate for their growth will also need to be provided. Care should be taken to avoid lights that give off significant amounts of heat in order to avoid overheating.

Food and Supplementation

Tomato frogs are insectivorous, and they’re hearty eaters. In captivity, they primarily eat mealworms, crickets, earthworms, black soldier fly larve, silkworms, hornworms, roaches, and other feeders. Food should be offered 2-3x/week, no larger than the frog’s head.

Insect prey should be dusted with Repashy CalciumPlus LoD to make sure your frog is receiving balanced nutrition.

 

*This care sheet contains only very basic information. If you are new to tomato frogs, please do additional research to obtain additional information from more detailed care sheets.


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