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The Golden Mantella lives in Eastern and Central Madagascar.
Their diet consists of insects, mainly termites and ants.
Females lay 20-60 eggs on the ground, tadpoles develop in temporary ponds and streams. They can live up to 8 years.
They in damp, swampy areas in small groups called ‘armies’
About the Golden Mantella
The Golden Mantella frog gets its name from the bright golden orange colour of its skin. This bright colouration is to warn any predators that they are toxic and stop them from eating them. Males are typically smaller and slimmer than females.
This species is one of the world's most threatened amphibians, with its remaining habitat surrounded by active mining for precious jewels such as Sapphire, and therefore highly threatnened with extinction in the next 10 years without action. Thankfully, zoo's maintain a successful breeding population ex-situ, and support the conservation of the remaining wild animals and their habitats through funded projects.
Did you know?
When breeding, this species comes together to breed in shallow rain-filled pools within forest, with small areas, there can be more than 1000 individuals visible at one breeding event!