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Chubby & Tomato Frogs

Experience Level: Beginner

Chubby Frogs and Tomato Frogs

Did you know? Chubby Frogs and Tomato Frogs are very rotund in appearance having large bodies and small heads. These frogs will puff up even more when they feel threatened. These frogs may also excrete a sticky substance from their skin that can be irritating to eyes and mouths.

Step 1Choosing a Terrarium

Chubby and Tomato frogs originate from humid environments. They can be housed with other frogs of the same species and similar size.

(A) Use a 10-gallon (18-20" long) or larger terrarium for up to 2-3 adult frogs.
(B) Screened lid, if not included with terrarium.

Step 2Heating and Lighting

Adequate habitat temperatures and humidity levels are imperative to the overall health of your frog.

• Every habitat should be equipped with two (C) thermometers to monitor the habitat temperature and one (D) hygrometer to monitor the humidity levels.

• Supplemental heat, if necessary (ambient home temperatures often fall within the acceptable range for these frogs) should be provided by a (E) heat bulb placed over the habitat. Heat bulbs should be turned off at night to provide cooler nighttime temperatures.

• Use a night-specific heat lamp as needed to maintain nighttime temperatures.

Target Range
Humidity 50 - 80%
Day 70-80° F (21-27° C)
Night 65-70° F (18-21° C)


• Chubby and Tomato Frogs are nocturnal meaning they are most active at night (although they may be active during the day). Provided they are supplied dietary vitamin D, they do not require ultraviolet light however they do need a 12-hour light/dark cycle. If room light does not provide enough light, use a daytime light bulb (fluorescent) to provide approximately 12 hours of visible light per day.

• For night viewing, use a night-specific bulb to minimize visible light provided to your frog.

Step 3Substrate and Decor

(F) Use a 2-3" (5-8 cm) layer of coconut fiber or bark. These frogs like to burrow so provide adequate bedding.
• Clean out waste weekly and completely change bedding at least once a month.

(G) Provide branches (artificial or live) for hiding. Live plants help maintain humidity levels (consult resources on tropical frogs for a list of appropriate plants).


New surroundings and environments can be stressful for pets. Prior to handling your pet, give him 3-4 days to adjust to his new surroundings while monitoring his behavior for any signs of stress or illness.

Things to Watch For

• Runny droppings for more than two days

• Eating or drinking less; weight loss

• Swollen joints

• Discharge from the eyes, nose or mouth

• Discolored skin

• More time spent hiding; lethargic behavior If you notice any of the above signs, speak with a PetSmart store associate or reptile veterinarian with questions about the health of your pet.

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Other Reminders

Use caution when handling reptiles. All pets may bite or scratch especially when stressed. Always handle your turtle by the mid section and not by the limbs. Supervise children around pets.

Pets may transmit disease to humans; be sure to wash your hands before and after handling your pet, the aquarium water or cleaning its home.