Yellow-Banded Poison Dart Frog

Dendrobates Leucomelas

Scientific Name

Yellow-Banded Poison Dart Frog:  
Dendrobates Leucomelas

Distribution and Habitat

Geographic Range

The yellow-banded poison dart frogs can be found in South America, primarily in northern Brazil, Guyana, southeastern Colombia and venezuela

Natural Habitat

Yellow- Banded Poison Dart Frogs prefer humid or wet habitats and are found in forest soil in moist stones, wet tree trunks and roots of rainforest trees. Tadpoles can be found in epiphyte plants such as bromeliads.

Physical Characteristics

Quick Facts

  1. Yellow-banded poison dart frogs, also know as poison arrow frogs, have been so named due to the indigenous tribes using their secreted toxins to poison the tips of their darts for hunting.


Amphibian and Reptile Center

Conservation Status

Least Concern: The Yellow-Banded Poison Dart Frog is common or abundant and is likely to survive in the wild.

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Yellow-Banded Poison Dart Frogs are largely insectivorous, eating mailing ants, termites, tiny beetles, crickets and spiders. They spend most of their time foraging for food since their prey is so small. One major food source in the wild that may provide chemicals to synthesize the skin toxins are formacine ants.