Amphibian

Mantella

Area: 
Madagascar
Habitat: 
Rain forest
Food: 
Ants, termites, fruit flies
Size: 
Up to 2 inches long
Babies: 
Tadpoles become brown froglets that turn yellow after several months
A group of mantellas is called an army.
Pretty, But Poisonous

 

 

A mantella’s bright coloring is a warning to predators: “Don’t eat me, I’m poisonous!” The mantella’s toxin isn’t deadly, but it would make an animalAny living thing that is not a plant. Most animals can move about freely. All use plants or other animals as food. All have sensory organs. very sick.

 

Most frogs have webbed toes to help them swim, but not mantellas! They spend their lives crawling around on the jungleA forest that has many trees and plants growing very close to one another, usually found near the equator in areas with high humidity and heavy rainfall. floor among leaves. Their toe tips have a special adaptation that helps these frogs stick to trees and leaves.

 

Adult mantellas live in small groups of one or two males and many females.  Male mantellas make a series of loud clicking sounds to claim territory and attract a mate. Just before the first big rainstorm of the season, a female mantilla lays her eggs in dead leaves, a tunnel, or in a tree.

 

After the tadpoles hatch, rain washes them into small pools nearby.