Other Names: yellow-headed poison dart frog
Dendrobates leucomelas is found in northern South America, mainly in Venezuela. This amphibian is found in very humid conditions in tropical rain forests. They usually hang together in groups and aggressively defend their territory from rivals. They can commonly be found hiding under rocks and logs in close proximity to fresh water sources.
This species is commonly kept as a pet because of their bright colors and nature. They are also easy to breed in captivity which has been a benefit to the overall population of the wild frogs, because they were getting over harvested. The ease of breeding dropped the market price for the pet trade.
The Yellow bumblebee poison dart frog is not one of the specimens typically used to make poison darts or arrows by the native tribesman of the rainforests. However this species has a fairly high level of toxins in wild specimens. The amount of toxins in minimized when they are held in captivity for some time.