> Scaphiophryne gottlebei
Scaphiophryne gottlebei (Red rain frog)
Scaphiophryne gottlebei, commonly known as Malagasy Rainbow Frog, Ornate Hopper, Rainbow Burrowing Frog, Red Rain Frog, Gottlebe's Narrow-mouthed Frog, is one of the most highly decorated of the Madagascan frogs. In 2008, the Malagasy rainbow frog was named as "being among the rarest and most remarkable amphibians" on the planet by the Zoological Society of London. Thousands are captured every year for the pet trade.
The Malagasy rainbow frog is a very attractive species that has become popular in the pet trade. It is found in the rocky canyons of the Isalo Massif, occurring in the Isalo National Park. Although adapted for a burrowing lifestyle, this species is also capable of climbing vertical rock surfaces to escape flash floods. It breeds in temporary pools and their tadpoles are thought to develop quickly (in 1-2 months) to avoid being washed away by sudden heavy rains. Threats to this species include over-collection and habitat destruction, caused by fire, wood extraction, overgrazing by livestock, and recent sapphire mining activities in areas adjacent to the species' known range.
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|Female Maturity  ||1 year|
|Male Maturity  ||1 year|
|Maximum Longevity  ||2 years|
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