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Dendrobates leucomelas (Captive Bred) - Bumblebee Dart Frog

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About This Product

Defining Characteristics: 

  • Great beginner frog
  • Contrasting yellow and black coloration
  • Bold | Easy to breed
  • Loud, pleasant call
  • Large
  • Can be kept in groups

Name: Dendrobates leucomelas. Leucomelas literally translates to white and black, due to the original specimen described presumably blanched of color from preservation. In the hobby, Dendrobates leucomelas are often called bumblebee dart frogs, yellow banded poison dart frogs, leucomelas, or simply 'leucs'.

Recommended Vivarium Size & Setup: A 10 gallon aquarium is suitable for a single Dendrobates leucomelas, but Josh's Frogs recommends a 20H or 18x18x18 glass terrarium for 1-3 frogs.

ABG mix or Josh's Frogs Dart Frog BioBedding in conjunction with our other bioactive layers (false bottomsubstrate barriersphagnum moss and leaf litter) are great substrate options for your dart frog setup! Both of these mixes support microfauna populations, which help break down waste and mold within the tank.

Want to spice up your enclosure with live plants? Our experts have curated kits of easy-to-care-for and SAFE plants for your dart frogs. Check them out here!

Not sure how to set up a vivarium? Check out this video: Dart Frog Vivarium Set Up - Start to Finish

Temperature (°F): They can tolerate a temperature range of 65 to 80 degrees, but prefer temperatures in the low to mid 70s. Temperatures over 85° are dangerous.

Measure temps with a digital thermometer.

Humidity: Like most poison dart frogs, leucs prefer a humidity range of 70–100%, but can tolerate humidity down to 50% for short periods of time if the frogs have access to water. Low humidity levels, especially without access to water, can quickly be fatal.

Measure humidity with a digital hygrometer.

Size: Adult female leucomelas are larger, measuring in at approximately 1.5 inches. Male leucs are a bit smaller, averaging about 1.25 inches at maturity.

All of the Dendrobates leucomelas froglets Josh's Frogs sells are well started juveniles, and measure at least 5/8 inch long.

Age: Dendrobates leucomelas is capable of living well over 20 years in captivity under ideal conditions, although a lifespan of 10 years is more common.

All bumblebee dart frogs for sale at Josh's Frogs are well started juveniles, and are 2-3 months old.

Feeding: Like most poison dart frogs, bumblebee poison dart frogs prefer smaller foods. All of the leucomelas dart frogs Josh's Frogs sells will readily eat Drosophila melanogaster fruit flies.

Adult leucs will readily consume Drosophila hydei fruit flies and pinhead crickets. All ages of poison dart frogs will enjoy springtails and isopods. All feeder insects should be dusted with a vitamin/mineral supplement.

For more information on what poison dart frogs can eat, please read our blog: Feeding Dart Frogs: What, How Often, and How Much?

Sexing: Dendrobates leucomelas is not sexable until 10-12 months of age. Male leucs tend to be smaller than females, which often appear both longer and wider. Josh's Frogs sells 2-3 month old juveniles that are not sexable unless otherwise noted.

For more information on sexing poison dart frogs, please see our blogs: How to Visually Sex Dart Frogs: Part I & How to Visually Sex Dart Frogs: Part II

Color/Pattern: A very variable poison dart frog, all Dendrobates leucomelas are mostly yellow and black in color with a varying degree of black spots and bands. The yellow can range from a very bright yellow to an orange color in some individuals. Most leucs born orange will turn yellow with age. 

Josh's Frogs does not recommend, support, or endorse line breeding as we believe this leads to weaker captive animals and nature has done a wonderful job of creating an amazing variation in color and pattern of poison dart frogs already.

Social Behavior: These frogs do well housed in groups, as long as enough space is provided. Josh's Frogs recommends approximately 10 gallons per frog. As they reach sexual maturity at 10-12 months of age, the social dynamic in a group of Dendrobates leucomelas may change, and female leucs may eat each other's eggs. For that reason, many breeders recommend keeping bumblebee poison dart frogs in pairs as adults.

Josh's Frogs strongly recommends against housing different species/morphs of dart frogs - for the health of your pets, please avoid mixing! 

Breeding: Breeding bumblebee poison dart frogs can be challenging at times, as this species tends to be a very seasonal breeder—frogs may need exposure to a dry period in order to 'get into the mood'. Generally, eggs are deposited on a smooth broad leaf, or on a petri dish under a cocohut. The eggs hatch into tadpoles, which then take 60-80 days to complete metamorphosis into miniature versions of the adults.

For more information on breeding and raising poison dart frogs, please read our blog: 5 Tips for Breeding Dart Frogs

Josh's Frogs recommends purchasing multiple frogs if you are interested in breeding them–this greatly increases the chances of getting a pair (male and female).

Natural Range: Dendrobates leucomelas occurs in Colombia, Brazil, British Guyana, and Venezeula. This morph is from Venezuela, but specific locale information is not available. Bumblebee dart frogs occur in humid rainforest among leaf litter, and can be found congregating in humid spaces under rocks or logs during the dry season. Leucs are considered a species of least concern by the IUCN, and can be quite common in the wild.

History in the Hobby: Dendrobates leucomelas have been a mainstay in the frog hobby since it's inception. Leuc popularity grew greatly in the 1990s, as many individuals were imported from Venezuela along with tropical fish. Josh's Frogs works with several lines of Dendrobates leucomelas, and pairs different lines with each other to maintain genetic variability in the frogs we sell.

Links of Interest:

  • Wikipedia article on the Yellow Banded Poison Dart Frog
  • Dendrobates leucomelas at the IUCN

Shipping

After placing an order containing a live animal, you will receive a scheduling email containing our JotForm scheduling link to schedule your new pet's delivery date.

With this scheduling link, you will be able to schedule your order's delivery up to 30 days in advance. You will be able to choose a date of delivery for Tuesday-Saturday (Saturday arrival depends on the carrier's service availability) with the estimated time of arrival generally being 12pm, or 4:30pm for more rural areas. Overnight lows must be above 40°F to ship directly to you (or above 30°F for FedEx Ship Center pickups) as well as below 90°F by estimated time of arrival.

If you require further assistance, or prefer to talk to one of our Customer Service agents, please feel free to reach out to our [email protected] email or our phone line 1-800-691-8178.

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HAYLEY

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Happy Frogs packed with care

I received three live frogs in the mail over a week ago and I can already see their little personalities emerge! They were packed with care and wriggled around in their little cups as I pulled them out of the box as if to say "Put me in my new home already!" I love them so much and my daily routine is already altered to not be complete without them!

Jarrod

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Dendrobates leucomelas

I was waiting for these froglets to settle in before writing a review, not at all disappointed with the quality of the 3 that I've recently bought from Josh's Frogs, eating like a champ and extremely active in the vivarium, I'm constantly looking and noticing that they're never in the same spot 10 mins before, will be doing business again real soon for another vivarium setup...

Ryan

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Bumblebee

Received my frog very next day. Looks to be in very good health. Active. Beautiful looking. Very satisfied. Thank you Josh’s Frogs for an excellent job of packing.

Ryan

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Great

As always the frogs arrived looking great and healthy. Ate the next day.

Chris

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Wow

All four of the leucs I received arrived looked amazing and in great condition. Very active and started eating at first feeding. The customer service also was top notch and can not say enough about them. Very quick to respond and primary concern is the well being of the animals. I will be ordering from joshs frogs again.

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