Swell Superstore Tomato Frog

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The Tomato Frog, aptly named for their round, vibrant orange/red bodies, are endemic to Madagascar, where they live among forest floors and swamps. They aren't the most active of creatures, spending most of their time partially buried in the earth, waiting for potential prey to crawl by, which can then be caught with their large mouths and sticky tongues. They are nocturnal in nature though their night activities aren't much either, but they will be hard to miss with their astonishing colouration, so still make an interesting addition to any collection.

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Despite their low activity tomato frogs still require an adequate space for the option of moving between crevices and to and away from water. We suggest a minimum of 60 x 45 x 30cm to provide sufficient opportunity of this. A soil based substrate should be used to allow for the burrowing behaviours, so essential of this frogs behavioural repertoire. This will also provide good opportunity for a bio active set up, with live plants and clean up crew. As well as soil, moss and leaf litter will also make good foundations of your environment and assist toward humidity and a natural look. To go with this earthy base, a number of cork pieces, logs, rocks and other decor will mean your frog has a secure environment, providing hiding opportunity as well as one that is enriching.

In terms of heating, you would be looking to create a warm end of 26°C and a cool end of 15-20°C, this will allow the frog to regulate its own temperature by moving from one end to the other. To reach these temperatures you could use a heat mat or small heat lamp, though any heat source will need to be attached to the relevant thermostat to prevent over heating. Night time temperatures can drop to 15°C or slightly lower to simulate a good day/night cycle along with their UVB. Even though the frogs are a nocturnal species, in the wild, they will still be exposed to small amounts of the UV through the day so providing a low level UV lamp on a 12 hour cycle will help with better general health and a more natural setting. A good example of a relevant UVB bulb is Arcadia's ShadeDweller (25- 40cm away) which will need replacing every 12 months as the UV will gradually fade though the bulb will still give out non-beneficial light (lifespan is bulb dependent).

Your terrarium humidity will need to sit around 70-80% the majority of the time. Regular spraying, foggers and small water sources can help keep the level of humidity stable and prevent the enclosure from drying out. Any water going into the terrarium will additionally need to be de-chlorinated as chlorine can cause the frogs skin to dry out and can cause long lasting damage. Being the shape that they are, these frogs are not great climbers or very agile, so shallow dishes should be used for water sources. Monitoring humidity can be done using a good quality digital hygrometer..

Tomato Frogs are insectivores so will only feed on insects like crickets, locust, worms and cockroaches. The live food will need to be dusted with good quality calcium, D3 and multivitamin supplements and additional gut loading will also ensure the best nutrition. Alternating the supplements throughout the week in a suitable regime will mean the frog receives all the required nutrition for development and health upkeep. Vitamin A is an additional supplement for frogs playing a part in vision, skin health and tissue growth - essential to a group of amphibians which can often suffer from neurological issues.

Swell SuperStore Tomato Frog:

  • Current Age/Size - 5-6cm approx
  • Adult Expected Size - 5-8 cm
  • Habitat - forest floors of Madagascar, within the loose soils, leaves and mosses. Terrestrial living.
  • Required Enclosure Size - 60 x 45 x 30cm
  • UV Lighting - 1-2 UVI (shade dweller - 25-40cm away)
  • Expected Lifespan - 6-8 years
  • Temperature Gradient - 15-26C
  • Humidity Levels - 70-80%
  • Feeding - Insectivores - live food such as crickets, locust, worms or cockroaches.
  • Handling - NOT FOR HANDLING - Amphibious species have extremely sensitive skin, Contact with ours causes damage and discomfort.

If you like the look of these animals, and would like any further information, please call the shop directly on 0161 351 4705, or contact them for more images or information at shop@swelluk.com. The Livestock List is updated regularly, but please call ahead to ensure we still have what you want, or to reserve something you may have seen.

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