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Madagascar Tomato Frog

Madagascar Tomato Frog
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Copyright: Conrado Arellano (Edicon) Silver Note Writer [C: 2 W: 0 N: 13] (70)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2009-05-18
Categories: Amphibians
Camera: Pentax K10D, Pentax DA 18-250mm f/3.5-6.3 ED AL
Exposure: f/8, 1/4 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2009-06-10 8:07
Viewed: 3436
Points: 6
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
This photo was taken during a family trip to the Cleveland Metroparks Zoo. This frog reminds of Jabba the Hut from Star Wars.

Madagascar Tomato Frog
The tomato frog originally came from Madagascar. The common name comes from the frog's bright red color. When threatened, a tomato frog puffs up its body. If a predator grabs a tomato frog in its mouth, the frog's skin secretes a thick substance that gums up the predator's eyes and mouth, causing the predator to release the frog to free up its eyes. The gummy substance contains a toxin that occasionally causes allergic reactions in humans. The allergic reaction will not kill a human and the frog secretes it only when frightened.

The lifespan of the Tomato Frog can be from 6 to 8 years. When adult, the colors may vary from yellowish orange to deep red. Tomato Frogs will reach sexual maturity in 9 - 14 months. Females are larger than males and can reach 4 inches in length. Males can reach 2 to 3 inches in length.Most females range from reddish-orange bright dark red.

The bellies are usually more yellowish, and sometimes there are black spots on the throat. But males are not as brightly colored but more of a duller orange or brownish-orange. Juveniles are also dull in color and develop brighter coloration as they mature. They are also on the endangered species list.

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such a cute looking, lazy frog he is! adorable! an apt name too ;) tfs!

Very good photo with nice colors, details and framing. Keep it up.

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  • oki Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 79 W: 10 N: 114] (587)
  • [2009-06-10 10:34]

This is really Jabba,
thanks for sharing and for the interesting text!
Best regards Oki

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