Tuesday, January 10, 2012

The Tomato Frog

This appropriately-named frog may look somewhat like a tomato, but the tomato frog is not an animal anyone - or any snake would want to eat.
Tomato frogs are native to the island of Madagascar where they feed on a variety of larvae and insects. If the tomato frog is threatened it will puff itself up into a ball to appear larger. If a predator attempts to eat the frog anyway, it will secrete a glue-like substance from its skin. This toxin will begin to gum up the predator’s mouth and eyes, forcing it to release the frog. Though this substance is not deadly, it can take several days for a snake to clean it out of its mouth. 

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