Don’t Eat That Tomato
We went exploring in the forest last night. We were looking for a brightly colored frog. It’s been a while since we went on the hunt for amphibians, so it was a treat to find these guys. They weren’t hard to find, since it’s still frog breeding season and these little chippers are loud!
Tomato Frog Fun Facts:
- Tomato frogs are bright orange or red.
- They are brightly colored to warn predators that they are toxic. They secrete a white substance that acts like a glue.
- Tomato frogs can also inflate when threatened.
- They are ambush predators.
- Tomato frog tadpoles are only 6 millimeters long when born!
- Tomato frogs can live up to 8 years.
Tomato frogs are near threatened due to habitat loss and collection of frogs for the pet trade. While frogs make neat pets, it is best to get one from a breeder. Taking animals from the wild damages delicate ecosystems. Keep these tomatoes in the forest.
Further question, what is an ambush predator?
Is there a Lettuce Frog too? 😉