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Brown Mantella frog

Mantella betsileo

Habitat: Subtropical or tropical deciduous forests, savanna and swamps

Range: Madagascar

Natural Diet: insects (flies, ants and termites) and spiders

Status in the Wild: Common (Least Concern)

Fun Animal Facts

Mantella are small frogs around one inch long. They have a poisonous skin which they use to warn predators that they are poisonous to eat. They are brown in color on their dorsal side with darker colored legs. They are territorial and are known to fight for potential breeding sites and feeding areas. They do not have a specific breeding season and choose to mate during the rainy season usually after the rain. Males can be distinguished from the females by their call.

 

 

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Their brown dorsal coloring helps Brown Mantella camouflage from predators (Photo courtesy: Wikimedia Commons)

Distributional range