Tomato frogs (Dyscophus antongilii) are one of the most interesting and least understood species of frog in the world. These frogs are endemic to Madagascar and can be found in a variety of habitats, from rainforests to dry deciduous forests. Tomato frogs are diurnal, which means they are active during the day. They are also social creatures, which has led to some speculation about whether or not they need friends.
Do they need friends and companionship?
Tomato frogs are social animals, and it is believed that they need friends in order to be happy and healthy. In the wild, tomato frogs can be found in groups of up to 30 individuals. They communicate with one another using a variety of vocalizations, including croaks, barks, and chirps.
When kept in captivity, tomato frogs often do well when housed in groups of two or more. If kept singly, they may become stressed and depressed. If you are considering keeping a tomato frog as a pet, it is important to provide them with a tank that is large enough to accommodate a group of their friends.
A chart of tank sizes and the number of tomato frogs
Tank Size (Gallons) Number of Tomato Frogs
- 20-gallon tank Up to six tomato frogs
- 30-gallon tank Up to ten tomato frogs
- 40-gallon tank Up to 14 tomato frogs
- 50-gallon tank Up to 18 tomato frogs
A list of other frogs that can be housed with tomato frogs
Other frogs that can be housed with tomato frogs include:
-Green tree frogs (Litoria caerulea)
-Smokey jungle frogs (Leptopelis smaragdina)
-Cape rain frogs (Breviceps mossambicus)
-Painted reed frog (Hyperolius pictus)
-Dainty rain frog (Breviceps adspersus)
-Freckled water frog (Hymenochirus boettgeri)
-Harlequin frogs (Atelopus varius)
-Mountain yellow-legged frogs (Rana muscosa)
-Southern bell frog (Litoria raniformis)
-Bullfrogs (Rana catesbeiana)
-Giant African bullfrogs (Pyxicephalus adspersus)
A list of animals that should NOT be housed with Tomato Frogs
There are a few animals that should not be housed with tomato frogs, including:
-Boa constrictors ( Boa constrictor )
-American alligators ( Alligator mississippiensis )
-Crocodiles ( Crocodylus niloticus )
-Large spiders ( Araneae)
A detailed description of the tanks habitat
The ideal tank habitat for tomato frogs should include:
-A substrate of moist peat moss or soil
-A water dish that is large enough for the frogs to soak in
-Plants, such as ferns, that will provide cover and hiding spots
-A branch or log that can be used as a perch
-A heating pad to create a warm environment
-A UVB light to provide UV radiation
-An aquarium filter to keep the water clean
If you are not able to provide a tank with all of these features, it is important to at least make sure that the substrate is moist and the water dish is large enough for the frogs to soak in. You can also create a moist environment by misting the tank regularly.
What should be the ambient temperature of the tank
The ambient temperature of the tank should be around 75 degrees Fahrenheit. If the temperature is too low, the frogs may become sluggish and will not eat. If the temperature is too high, the frogs may become stressed and may even die.
It is important to monitor the tank’s temperature closely and to make sure that it does not get too hot or too cold. You can do this by using a thermometer to measure the temperature of the tank water.
Tomato frogs are social animals that need friends in order to be happy and healthy. If you are considering keeping a tomato frog as a pet, it is important to provide them with a tank that is large enough to accommodate a group of their friends.
Frequently Asked Questions
Q. What should I do if one of my tomato frogs dies?
A. If one of your tomato frogs dies, it is important to clean the tank and remove the body immediately. You can then disinfect the tank with a household cleaner or bleach solution.
Q. Can I keep other types of frogs in the same tank as my tomato frogs?
A. No, you should not keep other types of frogs in the same tank as your tomato frogs. Tomato frogs need friends and they will become stressed if they are housed with other types of frogs.
Q. What should I do if I can’t provide a tank that meets all of the requirements?
A. If you can’t provide a tank that meets all of the requirements, it is important to at least make sure that the substrate is moist and the water dish is large enough for the frogs to soak in. You can also create a moist environment by misting the tank regularly.
Q. How often should I clean my tank?
A. You should clean your tank at least once a week. If the tank is not kept clean, the frogs will become ill and may die.