Dendrobates leucomelas

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Std. leucomelas Juvenile - Click picture for enlarge
Dendrobates leucomelas
"Bumble Bee Frog"


Originally from Venezuela, D. leucomelas makes an excellent beginner frog. Typically ground dwellers, D. Leucomelas will enjoy a horizontal tank with plenty of floor space to explore. Regarded as a bold frog with a beautiful trilling call. Can be kept in groups if given enough space. These frogs are Pumilio.com line

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Banded leucomelas Juvenile - Click picture to enlarge
Dendrobates leucomelas
"British Guyana Banded"


This form of D. leucomelas is generally covered in solid black bands rather then the standard spots and bands. A new morph in the hobby, the banded leucomlas has been referred to as the poor mans lehmanni! The banded "leuc" froglets offered for sale are F1 generation from wild caught parents. (AZDR Line) Typically ground dwellers, D. Leucomelas will enjoy a horizontal tank with plenty of floor space to explore. Regarded as a bold frog with a beautiful trilling call. Can be kept in groups if given enough space.

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Difficulty: Beginner - Leucs are generally hardy frogs, good eaters, bold, and easily bred.
Location & History:Reportedly found in Venezuela, northern Brazil, Both Guyana's, and the south east of Colombia.
Descriptions & Behavior:A mid-sized, bold, and social frog. Males have a loud bird like call. There are currently three morphs available in the hobby:

Standard - this includes the "orange", "yellow", and "green foot" which are just bloodlines and variation within the morph, and in some cases line breeding has occurred to make these traits more predictable. Also part of this morph is the "Chocolate" selectively bred genetic form (aka "Albino", "Vanishing Jewels"). Originally from Venezuela.

Fine Spotted - thought to be a slightly smaller morph than the Standard, with the bandeds of orange broken up by a lot of fine spots, giving an over all netted pattern on the back. Still fairly uncommon in the hobby.

Banded - from British Guyana - These are recent introductions to the hobby, with the first and only importation from the wild occuring in 2005. Size is significantly larger than standard, color ranging from yellow to orange like standard, and animals have more solid bands of color, rarely broken by spotting like standards (they look like juvenile standards pattern wise).

Note: These morphs represent unique subpopulations in the wild that share general physical characterisitics, and for that reason different morphs should not be mixed.
General Care: Temperatures in the range of 70-80 F during the day are ideal. Leucs are social frogs that can do well in groups IF given enough room. Horizontal or vertical enclosures both work well, as they do like to climb. 20H and 29H are good tanks to use for a small group of frogs.
Breeding & tadpole Care: Males will begin calling as early as 5-6 months of age, but females generally take longer to attain sexual maturity. In my experience, animals take 18-24 months to reach maturnity and take an interest in breeding. The call of the males can be fairly loud as compared to some frogs and maybe too loud for some areas of your home.

Film canisters placed on the viv floor and petri dishes under coco huts and large leaves are often utilized as laying sites. Some leucs can be fussy and refuse to lay eggs unless a fresh leaf is provided under the coco hut. Don't be afraid to experiment!

Clutches range in size from 3-12 eggs. Tadpoles may exhibit cannibalism and should be housed individually. Tadpoles can be fed fish flakes, detritus (decaying leaves and dead FFs), and algae based foods. I've had excellent results when providing an oak leaf to each tadpole to nibble on at their leisure. Frog bites are another popular food source.

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