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Scientific Name: Mantella aurantiaca

Habitat: tropical rainforests of Madagascar

Diet: insects and other invertebrates

Life span: 5-10 years

Young: 12-30 eggs/clutch

Size: 2–3 cm (0.8–1.3 in)

After the first rainstorm of the season, female golden mantellas will dig a short tunnel in leaf litter on the forest floor and lay her eggs there. During the next rainfall the eggs will be swept away into swamps and ponds where they will hatch into tadpoles.

Golden mantellas are critically endangered due to habitat loss from agriculture, forestry and human settlement.

Learn more about this species:

These are some other websites that we think have more great information about this species.

Golden mantella on Animal Diversity Web

IUCN Red List


Range: Madagascar

Status in the Wild

Status: endangered

For More Information

Edmonton Valley Zoo

13315 Buena Vista Road (87th Avenue)
PO Box 2359
Edmonton, Alberta T5J 2R7


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