Now it seems obvious why these guys are called tomato frogs: their orangey-red tomato colour. I must say though, this guy looks so convincing as a tomato that I’m sure you might mistake him for one if you saw him from just the right angle, especially if there were some green leaves around. I don’t think I ever saw an animal that looked like a tomato before stumbling upon this frog. Isn’t he a cutie?
One might assume the Madagascar Tomato Frog‘s conspicuous coloration indicates some sort of toxicity, as is the case with many species of brightly colored South American “poison dart” frogs. This African frog takes a slightly different tack: when attacked, its skin secretes a white viscous liquid that acts as a sort of organic krazy glue. In its own way, the Madagascar Tomato Frog advises potential predators their next meal just might be their last