Live Oak Leaves - A Grade
Live Oak leaves from pesticide / herbicide free locations. 95% purity rating, our highest offered.
These leaves are a small and unlike most oak leaves, they have a thick cuticle, making them absolutely excellent for dart frogs. These are the number one leaves that we sell. Only dried, brown leaves will be shipped. If you would like fresh, green leaves, please contact us for availability.
The cleaning process of live oak is extensive, but very difficult.
We select hard cuticle leaves.
We sort leaves for purity, removing sticks, acorns, other leaves, etc…however, due to the collection process, it is extremely difficult to obtain purity. We do the absolute best to remove foreign objects from A Grade Leaves. We sort 2 times, the first time removing as much debris as possible, the second time is even more meticulous.
We air dry the leaves on sheet tables with fans.
Leaf litter, especially live oak, is useful for dart frogs for hiding, preventing stress, and even egg-laying sites. Live oak leaves are thicker than most commercially available leaf litter, and decay slowly 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!
Live oak is exceptionally useful as a primary leaf layer, in isopod bins, and as a breeding ground for microfauna. These are the preferred leaves of the dart frog hobby.
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.