Amphibians at the Detroit Zoo

  Mantella frog

At the Detroit Zoo
Golden, Bernhard's, splendid and betsileo mantella frogs can be seen at the award-winning National Amphibian Conservation Center – a leader in amphibian conservation and research – which houses a spectacular diversity of frogs, toads, salamanders, newts and caecilians. 


The mantella frog is a part of a large family of frogs that vary in color from yellow to red to orange. This very small frog has aposematic colorations, which means its bright and contrasting colors indicate toxins to potential predators. In the wild it uses the adhesive pads on its toes to stick to trees and leaves. The male frog has a smaller body compared to the female, which has a more angular body.


Scientific name: Mantella
Continent: Exclusively found in Madagascar
Habitat: Swampy forest areas
Size: 1.2 inches long
Weight: Up to 2 ounces
Diet: Insects
Lifespan: Five to 10 years
Conservation Status: Least Concern to Critically Endangered, depending on species
Reproduction: A clutch of 20 to 60 eggs is laid near a water source, damp moss or under rocks. After two weeks the eggs will hatch.



The mantella frog becomes toxic due to the alkaloid toxins in its diet.