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Golden Mantella Frogs

  • Order: Anura
  • Family: Rhadophoroidae
  • Genus: Mantella
  • Species: aurantica
Fun Fact

They are not always golden! Colors range from yellow to bright orange and red.

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    About Golden Mantella Frogs

    Golden mantella frogs are about 1 inch long and weigh less than 2 ounces. They are brightly colored and showy. They are distantly related to the South American poison dart frogs. They secrete toxins as a defense mechanism. The toxins come from the ants and other insects they eat. They are active during the day and live in groups.

    Golden Mantella Frogs in the Wild


    They live in isolated pockets of the remaining rainforest.


    East and west central Madagascar.


    Insects, ants, and termites.

    Population Status

    This species is “critically endangered” due to habitat destruction.

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