E is for…Mantella expectata

Today is the fifth day of April’s A to Z Challenge.  I will be writing about different frog species based on their latin species names!  See the introduction here.

 

Mantella expectata –Blue-legged Mantella

I love the bright blue legs that these Mantella’s are known for.  These frogs color variation is typically due to the environmental conditions.  Most display brighter colors in captivity when the temperatures are cool and humidity is low.  During wet season an increase in temperature and humidity encourage the M. expectata to exhibit dull colors with grey legs and a dark muddy yellow dorsum.  Others have indicated that their colors are an indicator of their mood and health, bright when they are healthy and excited and dull when they are shy or unhealthy.

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These frogs can be found in small temporary streams and pools as well as open canyons and rocks near water.

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The M. expectata has been listed by the IUCN Red List as Endangered (EN), due to over-collection and habitat loss.  This species trade has been very carefully regulated and requires close monitoring to make sure that they are not being over exported.

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Sources:

(1) Amphibian Care (2) Arkive(3)IUCN Red List

Image Sources:

(1) Mantella Man Flickr  (2) Amphibian Care (3) Arkive  (4) Mantella Man Flickr 

 

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27 thoughts on “E is for…Mantella expectata

    1. yes!! I have always loved the glass frog sculptures, but they are always too pricey for me as well. Although I am a sucker for glass pieces, I love them in general. So pretty! Thanks for stopping by!

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