Mantella is one of several species of tiny, colourful frogs
in the genus "Mantella", all native to Madagascar
and under threat from habitat loss and collection for the
Colour can vary from yellow, golden, orange and nearly red.
Like Latin America's poison dart frogs, the bright colour
warns predators that the frog is toxic. Toxicity is derived
from their diet of invertebrates.
Like the poison frog group, eggs are laid on land, but near
water and the rains wash the hatched tadpoles into the
water. About an inch long, the Golden Mantella is native to
three small, limited areas and is critically endangered, ie
at very high risk of becoming extinct in the wild.