Golden Mantella

Scientific name 
Mantella aurantiaca
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What they look like: A miniscule bright red or orange frog with big black eyes and stumpy legs. The bright colour indicates their toxicity that they gain from retaining the toxins from the insects they consume.  They have sticky pads on their digits. Males are smaller than females and lighter in colour.

Animal facts:

  • Golden Mantella lives between five and ten years.
  • They secrete toxins as protection from predators.
  • They communicate via a series of clicking noises.
  • They lay their eggs on the ground where the larvae are flushed by rain into swamps, temporary ponds, and flooded forest, where they develop further.

What they eat: The species is insectivorous, with them mainly eating ants, termites and fruit flies.

Where they live: Eastern and central Madagascar.

Habitat: The Golden Mantella can often be found in damp, swampy parts of rainforests.

Threats: Golden Mantella are put under threat due to deforestation and fragmentation. Land around the species’ habitat is often modified for agriculture and timber and is also destroyed by fire. Golden Mantella are also traded worldwide, but this is not viewed as a major threat.

Population
Decreasing
Order
ANURA
Family
MANTELLIDAE
Conservation Status
Critically Endangered