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I am new to dart frogs and I need help on which kind of dart I should get. I think I have narrowed it down to these three species. (Leucomelas, Auratus, and Tinctorius.) I know they all have their pros and cons, but I am looking for the one that is the most active, gets along in groups, and is relatively easy to breed.

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Re: Leucomelas Auratus or Tinctorius?

I can't help you too much, but my auratus green and black is very young but very active and bold.
 

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Re: Leucomelas Auratus or Tinctorius?

Leucomelas or Auratus are good beginner frogs that do well in groups. Some auratus can be quite shy. IME, Turquoise and Bronze or Costa Rican Green and Black auratus are typically pretty bold. Leucs are a great choice, as well, and have the benefit of a nice, loud call.
 

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Re: Leucomelas Auratus or Tinctorius?

At this point, there's nothing we could add that would make one stand out more to you than has already been discussed in previous threads (including the other thread you've already posted on this topic). Use the search function and you'll be able to find plenty of threads where people talk about all the different pros and cons of each species. Maybe even look around on youtube and watch some videos of the frogs to give you somewhat of a feel for each species.

That said, any one of those three would make great beginner frogs. If you choose tincs though, be prepared to keep a pair per viv. Otherwise, small groups of the other two can work. If it were me, I'd say pick the one that you like the best. It's not the kind of decision anyone else can/should make for you and there really isn't a wrong choice to be had.
 

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Re: Leucomelas Auratus or Tinctorius?

Thanks for the advice. Are there different colors for the leucomelas than black and yellow?
 

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Re: Leucomelas Auratus or Tinctorius?

Thanks for the advice. Are there different colors for the leucomelas than black and yellow?
Not really. Some are more orange...but there aren't any outside the yellow/orange range (there is a green-foot morph, but I have only seen pics).
 

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Re: Leucomelas Auratus or Tinctorius?

Thanks. And which types of tinctorius' are smaller than the others?
 

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Re: Leucomelas Auratus or Tinctorius?

Okay, I will be sure to use the search function more often. I have also heard mixed responses on whether or not the auratus' fight in groups or not. Does any body have confirming info about this subject?
 

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Re: Leucomelas Auratus or Tinctorius?

Any frog CAN fight in a group.. there is no gaurantee.
Just auratus or leucs are your best bet for having a group.
No gaurantee the female might become jealous and eat the others eggs etc.

Tinc females will more than likely fight another female..

Leucs are yellow/black.. some are more orangish.. also chocolate leucs.. yellow and chocolate.. I recommend leucs. Be prepared for their louder call though.
 

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Re: Leucomelas Auratus or Tinctorius?

Okay, thanks. How many Leucs vs how many auratus can I fit in an 18x18x24 exo terra vivarium?
 

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Hi, I have CR Auratus they are quite bold. I also have yellow Galacts. If I was to pick one of these it's a difficult decision. In your Exo I think it would be safe to say 3-4 juvs or 2.1 if you know the sexes
 

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Leucs tend to be very seasonal. My groups lay a clutch every 1-2 weeks (consisting of 3-6 eggs typically), then take a break for several months. I get most of the clutches in the spring and fall.
 

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With my leucs, typically about 95% of all eggs eventually become healthy froglets. Most of my leucs are now 3-5 years old - the first year or so of breeding, they did not lay nearly as many eggs.
 

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And lastly about the leucomelas breeding, how long does the breeding season last, or how many clutches do you get every spring and fall?
 
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