Phyllobates bicolor

P. bicolor are at times the most common Phyllobates species, and have been around in the hobby for quite a bit longer than terribilis have. They are a good bit smaller than terribilis, and usually have black or darker color legs, many showing a dark metallic greenish color. There are quite a few different appearing bicolor out there, either now or in the past. Back when I was first getting into the hobby, most bicolor were yellowish, and had the black legs. Occasionally I would see “orange” bicolor, and they were gorgeous, usually with metallic green legs, or black. Now it seems the orange bicolor is the dominant form in the hobby.

About eight years ago, I split a shipment of fifty “orange terribilis” with a friend. The frogs were coming from Europe, and after many delays the frogs finally arrived in this country. The frogs were very nice, and had almost solid color, but the legs were not fully colored, and faded down to that greenish color. The frogs were all about the same size, and smaller than terribilis should be. We finally came to the conclusion that they were bicolor….what a disappointment at the time, but they were still outstanding looking frogs! The frogs were also apparently wild caught specimens, as they would make your hands burn if you had to handle them! I am sure that a great many of the orange bicolor out there in the hobby are descended from this group of frogs.

Most of the Phyllobates look very alike as froglets and juveniles. They typically have an orangey stripe up the flanks, and the rest of the frog is mostly black. As terribilis and bicolor grow older, they start to fill in and “color up”. The key to telling the difference between adult bicolor and terribilis is that the terribilis have the full coloration, and the upper parts of the hind legs are granular. Bicolor have fairly smooth hind legs. Of course as adults, bicolor are a good bit smaller than terribilis, and more slightly built.

Bicolor make great terrarium animals, and have a bold outgoing personality and a great call.

More general terms are often used for this frog. Western Columbia
Terrarium Preferences
low to mid seventies, sensitive to high temperatures High Primarily a terrestrial frog, but will climb.
Visibility in the tank
Groups of these compatible
1.5 inches to 2 inches A very bold frog Yes, this frog does well in groups.
Experience Level
Compatible with other species?
Beginner. Yes, should be okay with other species if not crowded
Breeding :
Status in Hobby
While best results will probably be achieved in pairs, this frog often can be bred very well in groups. These frogs seem to be less available than they once were, but still a fairly common frog. The once rare orange form seems to be the dominant form available, I rarely see the yellow form with black legs anymore.
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