Hickory Leaves (Carya spp)
Hickory Leaves (Carya spp) B/C Grade.
Hickory leaves from pesticide / herbicide free locations. Fully desiccated. These leaves are most often between 4" - 12" long, and are yellow-brown / bronze in color when fully dried, but can range in color and size. These leaves have an amazingly dynamic, curly appearance and hard ridges, making them very useful for structure. They are loved by invertebrates. Only dried, brown leaves will be shipped. If you would like fresh, green leaves, please contact us for availability.
Leaf litter is useful for dart frogs for hiding, preventing stress, and even egg-laying sites. Hickory leaves are thinner than most commercially available leaf litter, and decay quickly in a vivarium. The habitat that dart frogs are naturally found in contains a deep layer of leaf litter, so it is important to mimic this inside a vivarium for more naturalistic behavior!
FrogDaddy leaf grades:
AAA - Pristine, High Quality Leaves. These are display tank / exhibit quality. They are always fully cleaned / sterilized and contain 0 breaks or imperfections pre-shipment. We rarely have these leaves available.
A - High quality leaves. Thick cuticle of these types are cleaned and sterilized. Thin cuticle are meticulously sorted for purity. These are the “standard” leaves we sell.
B - Leaves with imperfections, breaks, and minor debris. Thick cuticle leaves are still cleaned and sterilized. Thin cuticle leaves are sorted but contain higher amounts of debris than A - grade.
C - Leaves with some breaks and tears. Some have many imperfections. Thick cuticle leaves are not cleaned or sterilized; they are simply sorted. Thin cuticle leaves may be dirty, and are sorted but done so quickly and may contain large amounts of debris.
D - Leaves with many breaks and imperfections; the lowest grade. These leaves are harvested and shipped without regard to sorting or cleaning. We strongly recommend either only using these with invertebrates or boiling / cleaning yourself.