Fire-Bellied Toad – Fun Facts

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FUN FACTS ABOUT FIRE-BELLIED TOADS:

Fire-bellied toad eggs hatch in about seven days, and tadpoles metamorphose within 45 days of hatching.

In the wild a fire-bellied toad’s diet may consist of worms, snails, beetles, ants and bugs. Tadpoles eat plants, fungus, and small invertebrates.  Pets should only be fed pesticide free bugs.  Before taking a bug from outside and feeding it to your pet be sure no pesticide has been used in the area the bug came from.  If you are not sure–DON’T feed it to your pet. 

To restore the bright color in a toad’s fire-belly that has faded you can feed your crickets baby carrots chopped up.  The orange color passes through the crickets to the toad and helps maintain a bright reddish-orange belly.  You should use organic carrots to avoid any pesticides passing through to the toad and making it sick or worse.

Male fire-bellied toads have nuptial pads, enlarged bumps on their first and second fingers.  These nuptial pads help aquatic frogs hold on to females during breeding.

There are two genera of fire-bellied toads — Barbourula and Bombina.  We are in the genera Bombina.  We are sometimes called oriental fire-bellied toads and are found in China, Russia, Korea and Tsushima and Kyushu islands of Japan.  There are other genera of Bombina that look similar to us found in Europe, the Philippines and Borneo.

Fire-bellied toads have heart-shaped pupils.  Greenie fire-bellied toad close up

Releasing fire-bellied toads or any other non-native wildlife into the wild poses a very serious threat to the native wildlife population.  One should never release a fire-bellied toad into the wild.  Find a proper home for your fire-bellied toad if you no longer can care for it.  Many pet stores like Petco will take it in and find a good home for it.

07-12-09-limey-showing-off-his-belly.jpg   When a fire-bellied toad senses danger it arches its body, flashing the brilliant warning spots on its belly.  This reaction is called the unkenreflex and is derived from the German name for fire-bellied toads (unken).

Adult fire-bellied toads reach a length of 1.5 to 2.5 inches long.  They weight approximately 1-2 ounces.

   07-12-13-limey-brownie-newts-cuddling-dif-angle.jpg   07-12-12-brownie-and-newts-cuddling.jpg   Fire-bellied toads (and fire-bellied newts) love to cuddle together.  Sometimes they even make a hog pile.   

07-12-12-limey-brownie-and-greenie-close-up.jpg  Fire-Bellied Toads come in a variety of colors.  Here we have Limey (lime green), Brownie (brownish) and Greenie (dark green).  Their color will vary during the day also.  Greenie will be almost as brown as Brownie sometimes and then later he may be a bright green almost as green as Limey.

Fire-bellied toads can be found in parts of China, Eastern Russia and Korea living in mountain lakes and ponds from 5,300 to 10,000 feet above sea level.

Males usually have rougher backs and their forearms are thicker than the females. They almost look identical except during the breeding season, when males have black horny nuptial pads on their fingers and forearms.  The best way to tell which toads are male is to observe them.  Whenever a toad tries to jump on the back of another toad and use its arms to grasp it, it’s definitely a male.

  10-27-07-courtship3.jpg  Greenie is definitely a male.

 Male fire-bellied toads make a barking noise when they want to mate.  Here is Greenie barking for Brownie. 

Fired-bellied toads shed their skin.  They rip it off with their mouth and eat it as it sheds.

Fire-bellied toads are EXOTHERMIC AMPHIBIANS.  This means they are cold-blooded (exothermic) and they live both in water and on land (amphibians).

Fire-bellied toads do NOT cause warts.  Warts are caused by human viruses, not toads.  They do have glands which secrete toxins.  This can cause skin irritations and may be poisonous to some animals.  Do NOT handle your fire-bellied toads unless you absolutely have to and after touching them wash your hands thoroughly with soap and water.

29 Responses

  1. Do the fire bellies like to eat anything as a “fun snack”?

  2. WE HAVE A BOXER.
    IF IT GETS INTO THE FROGS (DOUBT WILL HAPPENS SINCE LID TO TANK IS SECURE) WILL THEY HARM HER. ALSO HOW CAN I GET THEIR GREEN COLOR BACK. THEY TURNED BROWN ON ME.

    • fire belly toads have a toxin that can kill you or get very ill. when the fire belly toads turn brown they want to mate but you have all females or you have a male and female and the female is not ready to mate.

    • Yes, of course a dog could harm a frog. By feeding the crickets green vegetables, then feeding the crickets to the frog, the frogs will gradually regain their bright green color, and the vegetables are a healthy supplement to their food.

    • To get the green color back, you can feed organic carrots to the crickets and feed the crickets to the toads.

    • i would say if you dont have one DEFLINTEY put a light on the tank !

  3. What kind of fish do you have in your tank? We have a couple of tanks and loved your idea with mixing them instead of having to clean all the tanks.

  4. I was positively surprised when I saw the pictures of the fire bellied toads and fire bellied newts together in the same rock!!
    I am setting up a paludarium and I wanted to put in there some fire bellied toads and fire bellied newts, but I was warned not to do that, because they could harm each other… Can you tell me if it’s true or if I can do that “mix”? I’ll apreciate it…. Thanks!!

    • I have read on a bunch of sites the you can’t, but I have seen sooooooooo many pic with then together…

    • I’d strongly advice against it.

      Both amphibians secrete a poison from their skin which can build up in the water over time. Who knows, what negative side effects prolonged exposure to this cocktail of poisons would do to them in the long run…

  5. Ei I have one fire bellied toad u think it wil eat the caned crickets??

    • Most likely it will not. Firebellied toads usually need to see their food moving to understand that they can eat it. If you choose to feed crickets to your toad, make sure that they are live. Alternatives are meal worms, guppies, and some brands of fish food (consult your local veteranarian).

    • You cant feed them canned crickets because he refuse to eat something hat isnt moving and the best way to keep crickets without killing them is to get a cricket keeper ask our local pet store more about the cricket keeper.

  6. Angel, we have (2) crystal catfish in the bottom of or tank. They have cut down on tank cleanings by 1/2. In fact the toads seem to enjoy their company. Both our male (Hans) and or female (Penelope) will float underneath the surface of the water and let the catfish clean off their dead skin as they molt :) Note: we tried adding two Plecostomus. Both died within a few days. Most likely due to the toads toxicity. but the cats have been thriving very happily for over two months. No more cricket legs! :)

  7. my fire bellied toad has white dots on its front legs is that normal??

  8. I Have two Fbts, one is lime green and the other is brown. I believe that the brown one is the female and the green on is a male. The brown has more of a red belly. They both make croaking noises, (did i mention the brown one is fatter?) And they both grab each other by the hind legs. I’m not sure if they’ere both male, bothe female, or one of each! I’m trying to breed my toads, and so PLEASE tell me if they are boy or girl! And breeding tips would be cool, to, thanks!

  9. do fire bellied toads eat small newts?
    because are baby newt disappeared

  10. I HAVE TWO TOAD THAT LOOK LIKE YOURS AND THEIR MATING SO WHERE DO THAY LIKE TO PUT THEIR EGGS AND HOW MANY DO THAY LAY.

  11. would my frog be safe if i went to las vegas for 4 days and i put a bunch of wax worms

  12. my class just got those toads and 8th period get to feed them wat kinds of ants do they eat?

  13. I HAVE A LITTLE DISH OF WATER THAT I CHANGE ABOUT EVERY WEEK AND WHAT IF THEY HAVE BABIES IN THAT WATER????

  14. I have four Fire-Bellies & three Guppy-fish mixed in one tank I modified the tank so that the water stays contained in one section of the tank. I have the tank split half land half water, with the divider set in place with aquarium silicone. I am able to have the three Guppies water level secured in place. after a week or so the Toads seem to not mind sharing living space with the Fish. Even though there is that chance the Toads can eat the fish they swim & the same water & pretty much hang out together. I clean the tank weekly, & my cat seems to have a heart for the main Toad(Quacker) as if they were besties. I have my set up posted on youtube “Ultimate Tank Modification” if you have time check it out.

    ~Ducky~

  15. is there anyway to get ur toad to get it’s bright color back? mine used to be a really bright green but now he’s gotten really dark. any suggestions???

  16. If you’re fire belly gets dark in color and won’t eat, or seems sick, try changing the water even if other toads are doing OK. Also, try some
    metronidazole.

  17. Thank you for such great information! I have 15 firebellies and a small bullfrog in the same tank, they all love each other. Is this. Ok?

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