Tomato Frog - Dyscophus guineti (Captive Bred CBP)-


Quantity Available: 10

Defining Characteristics:

  • Easy to keep
  • Bright red coloration
  • shy
  • Guttoral trill
  • moderately sized
  • can be gregarious
  • Challenging to Breed


Name: Dyscophus guineti or the Tomato frog is named for its red coloration and roundness that resembles tomatos. They are part of the microhylidae family commonly called the narrow-mouthed frogs and is the largest family of frogs on Earth.
Recommended Enclosure Size: For a pair of adult tomato frogs a 20 long or an 18x18x12 front opening enclosure is sufficient. As this species is semi fossorial a good substrate that facilitates this behavior, like coco fiber, is best. Live plants that root in multiple places and don't need a lot of nutrients from the soil (pothos) are ideal for this type of set up. A clean dish of water should be ever present in the enclosure for the frogs to soak.
Temperature: Temperatures for the Tomato frog should be kept in the low to mid 70s which is great for the typical home enclosure. Thermometers are a great way to monitor conditions within the tank.
Humidity: Humidity should be kept within the 50-70% range and can be monitored using a hygrometer.
Size: Adult female Tomato frogs can reach almost 4" in length where males are capped out at about 2.5." Young tomato frogs will be about 3/4" at the time of sale at Josh's Frogs.
Age: Tomato Frogs can live up to 10 years in captivity but may live longer with ideal care. At the time of sale you can expect tomato frogs to be at least 2 months out of the water.
Feeding: Tomato frogs have a deceptively small mouth in relation to their body size so at most they should be fed 1/2" crickets or small dubia roaches. At the time of sale froglets should be eating gutloaded 1/4" crickets.
Sexing: Sexing adult Tomato frogs is pretty straight foward and can usually be done pretty reliably based on size. Other differences are that females are more red and males more orange or yellow. In males you can also see their reproductive tracts on both side of their bellies. This will appear as distinct white lines just under the skin.
Color/Pattern: Adult Tomato Frogs are much prettier than their offspring who are usually a light brown color separated from the white underbelly by a darker brown band starting at the eye. As they age the coloration turns into an orange or red depending on sex with the band and underbelly staying the same.Most individuals willa lso have a rhomboid marking on their backs.
Social Behavior:  As long as enough space is provided more than 2 frogs can be kept in the same enclosure. Males should not become aggressive unless breeding conditions are met.
Breeding: There is evidence that Tomato Frogs need to be cycled in order to breed which involves an extended dry period followed by a period of steadily increasing humidity and heavy feeding. After this the frogs should be placed in a rain chamber where the female can lay 1,000-1,500 eggs. Tadpoles hatch after aout 3 days and take around a month and a half to metamorphose.
Natural Range: This species occurs widely along the eastern rainforest belt of Madagascar, between 150-900 m asl. It is a very secretive species and probably occurs at many more localities than records indicate. The northernmost locality (Sambava) has not been confirmed since its original description. Most records are concentrated in east-central Madagascar from Antsihanaka south to Fierenana, with isolated records further south at Vondrozo and Soavala. (IUCN Red List)
History in the Hobby: Tomato Frogs have long been desired in the hobby due to their bright red coloration and ease of care. However they care classed as a Cites II spcies so imports are limited and captive breeding programs supply a good chunk of the frogs in the hobby.
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Shipping for any number of frogs is just $39.99. Frogs are shipped via FedEx Priority Overnight and are delivered by 12:00 pm to most locations, Tuesday through Friday. Josh's Frogs does not ship frogs internationally. Scheduling of frog order is dependant on your availability and weather.


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We can ship directly to your address, as long as your local overnight low temperature is above 39F the night of shipping, and your high temperature is below 91F at noon on the day of arrival. If your overnight lows are below 40F but above 29F, Josh's Frogs can ship to your closest FedEx Staff Location that accepts Hold for Pickup packages. If your high temperature is over 90F at the guarantee 'delivered by' time (typically 12pm), Josh's Frogs can ship to your closest FedEx Staff Location that accepts Hold for Pickup packages. If your overnight low is below 30F, Josh's Frogs retains the right to hold frog shipping until temperatures increase due to safety concerns. We will hold the frogs at our facility for any length of time necessary to ensure that the frogs you order are received in the best of health. This policy is designed with the best interests and health of our animals at heart!


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Shipping for any number of frogs is a flat rate $39.99. This includes postage, a box with 1" styrofoam insulation, gel packs, heat/ice packs and/or phase 22 panels if necessary. Josh's Frogs has been shipping frogs since 2004 and has shipped thousands of animals safely. We have a special contract with UPS to ship live animals directly to residential addresses and guarantee live arrival as long as our Live Arrival Conditions are met.

Josh's Frogs guarantees the Health & Live Arrival of all frogs.

< p>All frog shipments are sent via FedEx Priority Overnight. Josh's Frogs guarantees that all frogs will arrive alive and in good health, provided that temperatures on day of arrival do not exceed 85 degrees before the frogs are delivered to home or business address, or nearest FedEx location. Temperatures during transit do not drop below 40 degrees for delivery to home or business address. Temperatures during transit do not drop below 30 degrees for pickup at the nearest FedEx location. Someone is there to accept the package on first delivery attempt, or package is picked up by noon the day of arrival if package is held at a FedEx location for pickup. Failure to meet these guidelines will void Josh's Frogs Live Arrival and Health Guarantee.

< p>If frogs arrive deceased or in poor condition, Josh's Frogs requires that the customer notifies us of the condition of the animal(s) within 1 hour of arrival via email at, or at (800) 691-8178. Picture(s) of the animal(s) must be sent by 4pm EST day of arrival to Failure to meet these guidelines will void Josh's Frogs Live Arrival and Health Guarantee.

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