I have had my fire-bellied toads and newts for a couple months now and feel I have a little more knowledge of keeping them.
So far I have found them much more easy to take care of than I had expected. They can be left for 1-2 weeks while I am on vacation and thrive just fine. I just put a lot of crickets in their home as I leave and when I get back they don’t even act hungry. I do clean and change the water in their aquarium more often that I did when I just had fish in it (about every other week). Having to change the water more often is well worth the entertainment value of these cute toads. So, I now can highly recommend having fire-bellied toads and newts as pets. Remember, if you find you cannot take care of these animals DO NOT release them into the wild. Return them to a pet store that will find another suitable home for them.
Read this “care sheet” to see if a fire-bellied toad is a good pet for you.
One of my firebelly toads laid an egg sac last week – this morning I was able to see at least 40 teeny tiny barely there specks swimming around the tank (itty bitty tadpole babies!!!) From what I read they should be fully formed toadlets within 5 weeks, and then they just grow larger from that point.