Brongersma’s Toad

Barbarophryne brongersmai

This small species of toad (upto 5cm long) originate from Morocco and Algeria. They can be found in dry rocky scrubland. They are often found near pools and streams. 


They are a medium sized toad that reaches between 48 to 120mm snout to vent length, with females usually being slightly larger than males. The background colour varies from a light tan to a mid brown, with irregular green patches in various shades of green. They have typically warty skin and large parotid glands behind their eyes; like most toads, these glands in the skin contain poison, and make sure that predators only try to eat a toad once. If you do handle your toad, it’s very important to wash your hands both before and afterwards – the secretions can be irritating to our skin.

A minimum size of enclosure for a single toad would be 45x45x30cm, although bigger is always better; these animals can live in groups, so 60x45x45 would be fine for up to five individuals. The more space you can give them, the happier they will be. Make sure that they have a shallow water bowl that they can soak in if they want; remember to use dechlorinator in your tapwater and change the water for fresh every day.


Temperature wise, these frogs thrive with a temperature range of 25º C to 26º C in the hottest area, with a to 20º C at night. As with all reptiles and amphibians, there needs to be a gradient from warmest to coolest so that your pets can decide for themselves what temperature they want to be at. Always use a good digital thermometer.


It’s important to give them lots of cover to hide in when they need to.They do particularly well in dryer bioactive setups. It’s a great way to add environmental enrichment to their lives, but as long as they have a damp area of substrate and lots of cover they aren’t too worried about what it looks like.


Offering them a wide variety of foods is important. Be careful how much food you offer your toad, as obesity could be a problem. Make sure that all livefoods have been gutloaded before use, and have been dusted with a good quality multivitamin/multimineral powder.

Animal Information

  • Scientific Name: Barbarophryne brongersmai
  • Location: Morocco and Algeria
  • Habitat (wild): Dry scrubland
  • Preferred temperature range: 25 – 26℃ under the basking light, background ambient of 23℃,  20℃ at night
  • Ferguson Zone: Zone 1 UVI 0.4 to 1.1
  • Diet: Insectivorous