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Blue-Legged Mantella

Blue-legged mantella is a species of frog belonging to the family Mantellidae, endemic to Madagascar. The frog is diurnal as it hunts during the day. The skin of the creature contains toxins. The species is very popular in the pet trade due to its bright coloration. Females are a little larger than males.

    Kingdom Animalia
    Phylum Chordata
    Class Amphibia
    Order Anura
    Family Mantellidae
    Genus Mantella
    Scientific Name Mantella expectata

    Size 2 to 3 cm
    Weight 1 – 3 g
    Color Greenish-yellow upper surface with a light stripe along the upper lip; black flanks with dark blue hind legs; males have a blue spot on the lower throat
    Distribution Madagascar
    Habitat Subtropical or tropical dry forests; temporary streams, small pools, rivers, open canyons and rocks near water
    Diet Ants, termites, fruit flies
    Breeding Season Egg laying occurs during the rainfalls (October to December)
    Mode of Reproduction Oviparous (egg laying)
    Clutch Size More than 35 eggs
    Incubation Period Few days
    Metamorphosis Period 6 to 8 weeks
    Average Lifespan Up to 3 years
    IUCN Conservation Status Endangered

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    Published on May 28th 2017 by under Frogs. Article was last reviewed on 30th September 2019.

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