Dendrobates leucomelas

Dendrobates leucomelas, or the orange and black dart frog, has been a terrarium hobby staple for years. These brightly colored gems are highly recommended for keeping in a group setting, and are bold and outgoing. Their distribution is centered in Venezuela, with the range stretching into northern Brazil, and west into Columbia. There have been a few different “morphs” that are offered by some, including fine spotted and green legged. Neither are common. Some also distinguish between yellow and orange forms of this frog, but in my experience both may be found in the same clutch. Recently I have seen pictures of a green form of leucomelas, but currently exportation is not easy, so there has been no luck in getting them to the US.

These frogs are frustrating to breed, sometimes breeding easily and freely, and at other times, under the same circumstances being quite reluctant to breed.

Bumble Bee Dart frog, Yellow Banded Dart frog Ranging through Venezuela, into surrounding countries
Terrarium Preferences
Lower seventies to low eighties High Primarily a terrestrial frog, but climbs extensively, and will utilize low vegetation a good bit.
Visibility in the tank
Groups of these compatible
about 1.5 inches Quite bold Yes, do well in groups as long as they are not overcrowded. Keep two to a ten gallon, three to four to a twenty tall or five or six to a forty gallon tank
Experience Level
Compatible with other species?
Beginner. Yes, should be ok with other species if not crowded.
Breeding :
Status in Hobby
sometimes easily bred, sometimes reluctant. Common and well established .
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