Zoo Animals

Mantella frog

Mantella sp.

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.


Fun Facts

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