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    Long overshadowed by the wildly popular dart poison frogs, the equally tiny and beautiful mantella frogs are finally coming into their own. While most are spectacularly colored, the Baron’s Painted Mantella (Mantella baroni) seems to eclipse all others, at least in my opinion. It is also the largest species commonly available (and the second-largest known), a fact that renders it both more eye-catching and a bit easier to provide with a varied diet. Read the rest of this article here Care of the World’s Most Colorful Mantella: A Zookeeper’s Thoughts
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    Hi Frank

    Thanks for the great article on Mantellas. The Omaha Zoo has a large colony of small frogs from Madagascar, including the genera Mantella, Scaphiophryne, and Heterixalus. One of my many jobs there was the care of the Madagascar colony. The "off-display" frogs were kept in very spartan conditions. A large, plastic tub with about 1/2 inch of water, moss and a bark hiding place. There was also a low-wattage UVB lamp. They seemed to thrive and even breed. Of course the public display was very detailed and matched their native environment quite well.

    I was very interested in your comment about the frogs deriving toxins from ants. It reminds me of two West African frog species, Phrynomantis microps and Kassina fusca, having an interesting relationship with ponerine ants (Megaponera sp. and Paltothyrcus sp.) I wonder if the ponerine ant that the dart frogs are eating is from the genus Dinoponera? I have always had an interest in parallel evolution and biogeography.
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