Golden Mantella

Golden Mantella

Scientific Name – Mantella aurantiaca

Classification – Mantellidae

Baby Name – Tadpole, polliwog

Collective Noun – Army, colony

Average Length – 2 to 2.6 cm

Average Weight – Around 2 oz

Life Expectancy – Around 8 years

Breeding Season – After the first adequate rains of the year

Incubation Period – Around 2 weeks

Metamorphosis Period – Around 70 days

Special Features – Bright yellow, orange or red overall coloration with red coloration on the upper surface of the back legs; short legs; tips of the fingers and toes have distinct adhesive pads

Family Unit – Lives in groups

Geographical Distribution – Madagascar

World Population – Decreasing

Conservation Status – Critically Endangered

Natural Habitat – Among vegetation in swampy areas, rainforests

Diet – Mites, ants, flies, collembolans

Predators – Small mammals, snakes, birds