Blue Legged Mantella

Blue Legged Mantella

Endemic to Madagascar, the blue legged mantella is a brilliantly colored frog that has currently been threatened due to habitat loss. This reptile is popular in the pet trade, and has been grouped as ‘endangered’ (from ‘threatened’).

Scientific Name Mantella expectata

Classification – Mantella

Gender Names – Male – male; Female – female; Baby – tadpole

Collective Noun – Knot

Length/Size – Up to 30 mm

Life Expectancy – Up to 3 years in the wild

Special Features  Bright yellow coloration on the dorsal side, the rest is black to faint blue

Social Structure – Live a secluded life, but become territorial and aggressive during mating season

Geographical Distribution – Madagascar

Natural Habitat – Tropical to subtropical dry forests, rivers, and intermittent rivers

Conservation Status – Endangered

Diet – Insectivorous

Predators – Larger frogs, reptiles including snakes