Found naturally throughout mainland Europe and Northern and Central Asia, the Fire-belly toad is a small-to-medium sized specie and known for the brightly coloured markings on its body, which are predominately found on the underside of this specie.
Fire-bellied toad can be found in many regions of the world as long they reside near a body of water. They have been found in various habitats, forests, woodlands, rainforests, swamps, farmland and even marshlands. They will also spend a great deal of time in water from tiny freshwater, mountain streams to large slow-flowing rivers and lakes.
There are eight known species of the fire-bellied toad found throughout Europe and Asia. They will vary slighting in color and size between regions but share many common similarities such as having bumpy skin, webbed toes and eyes on the top-portion of their head. The various species of fire-bellied toad are so similar that two in particular are able to interbreed and produce off springs.
Depending on the breed of species the fire-bellied toad will range in color from a brown to yellow, to green, to orange and even white. The skin of some fire belly toad specie is known to be toxic to some animals including humans.
The fire-bellied toad is known for being a carnivores specie and has a diet of which consist of small invertebrates like bugs, insects, spiders, larvae and the odd worm. It’s primary method of capturing it’s prey is shooting it’s long, sticky tongue which grabs on the insects and pulls it into its open mouth.
The fire-bellied toad, relatively small in size, has numerous predators within its natural environment. For example, foxes, cats, lizards, birds and snakes are the most common predators of the fire-bellied toad along with some species of large fish. The eggs and tadpoles of the fire-bellied toad also have a number of other predators from the aquatic-line-of-specimens.
The fire-bellied toad species typically mates during the late spring, when the fire-bellied toad lays between fifty and three-hundred eggs onto a plant steam or leaf that hangs over the water. The eggs of the fire-bellied toad are joined together and are known as toadspawn, but it can take a couple of years before the fire-bellied toad tadpoles have full transformed into adult toads.
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Like the Leopard Gecko or Corn Snake, the Fire Bellied Toad is an ideal first pet amphibian. They are colourful and hardy souls as well as forgiving of mistakes. They also display a number of interesting qualities that should appear to more experienced keepers.
Unlike most amphibians, Fire Bellied toads are typically active during the day. Their recurring tendencies allow keepers to observe their behaviour. Which includes not only the typical sitting around and waiting for food, but aggressive strongholds by males while they grasp at almost anything that moves, while their companions utter squeaky distress calls and splashing around in embrace.
Fire-bellied toads are able to move around freely during the day because glands in their skin secrete a toxin that makes them unappetizing to predators. This is also the reason for their fire bellies—the red, orange or yellow coloration of the various Bombina species that warns of their poisonous nature. They are one of a handful of amphibians known to engage in what’s called the “unken reflex,” whereby they show off their bright underside when they feel threatened by lifting their legs and arms in the air and arching the back, or in extreme cases flipping the body over entirely so all that is visible is the bright ventral coloration.
Don’t worry, though, fire-bellied toads are not dangerous to people unless ingested. So don’t eat your pets. Frankly, it’s best to not handle them anyway, as soap residues and oils on human skin can irritate a toad’s skin. If you need to move them around, such as when you’re cleaning the terrarium, coax toads into a moist aquarium net or plastic container. And always wash your hands after working with them or their enclosures, to be sure you don’t accidentally get any of their skin secretions into your mouth, nose or eyes.
Have no worries though, the fire-bellied toads are not dangerous to humans unless ingested. Its best not to handle your pet toad anyway, as soap resides and oils on human skin can irritate a toads ski. If you need to move them around, try to coax toads into a moist aquarium, net or plastic container and always wash your hands after working with them or their enclosures.
1. In general, fired-bellied toads live near streams, fresh water ponds, in forests and swamp habitats. Some of the species are also kept as pets.
2. The of the fire-bellied toad species has seen some decline and are listed as vulnerable or endangered due to habitat loss, and disease is also a possible cause of the decline in the numbers in some species.
3. Some fire-bellied toads have heart-shaped or triangular pupils, and they often arch their backs and flip upside down to show their bright colored bellies to as defense mecahnsium.
4. Female fire-bellied toads can lay anywhere from fifty of three hundreds eggs as a time, usually laid onto vegetation that is situated above a body of water, where they will develop into-tadpoles, and eventually toads, that have an average lifespan of ten to fifteen years.
5. To find a mate, most fire-bellied toads do not produce a croaking sound, but instead an interesting bark.
6. Fire-bellied toad, a.k.a as firebelly toads, are amphibians, and a toad of a smaller size, can be found across Europe, Northern Asia and Central Asia.
7. Fire-bellied toads typically grow to be four to seven centimeters in length and weigh in at a approximately twenty to eighty grams.
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When looking at possible habitat solutions, keep in mind that Petware House has a large selection and variety of tanks and other necessities you will need. A recommend setup is a ten gallon fish tank with three quarters water and one forth land. Ensure the water is at least two to four inches deep. It’s also common to use rock and plastic trees as the fire belly toad will enjoy hanging from it. We also suggest providing your pet with a hiding space so he or she may retreat when stressed out or when in need of some rest. Adding caves and fake plants above and below water are ideal for hiding spaces.
Creating a natural enclosure, shouldn’t be difficult. We can use coconut or peat moss for the land substrate, and create a wall using a divider to separate the water and land. Aquarium dividers are available for this purpose or one can be built using plexi-glass. Use some silicone and slant the divider to the aquarium walls. From this point, fill part of the enclosure with water and the other part with stones and substrate. If you make your own diver, consider using an acrylic-based glue t attach stones to provide your toads with gripping power when climbing out of the water and onto the land.
Live plants, water lettuce and crytalwort can always be added help liven up the habitat and add stimulation for your fire-bellied toad. These will create a place for your toads to sit and roots for them to swim through. In addition, umbrella plants, rubber plants and pathos are also safe plants that you can add to a fire-bellied toad enclosure. Don’t hesitate to reach out to Petware House for more details and we have a number of excellent options that are sure to please both you and your pet.
One of the most important factors around the health of your fire-bellied toad is to ensure that you maintain a clean habitat for him or her. Your toad will absorb everything through their skin , so no matter how the enclosure is setup, you want to keep it as clean as possible so your pet will live their full lives with a clean bill of health. If you have a large setup, consider using a filter to help keep the water clean in between water changes.
Fire Belly Toad Care Sheet
Checking and maintaining cage temperatures are vital for the continued survival and health of your Fire Bellied Toad. Place a conveniently located thermostat inside the enclosure and ensure the daytime temperature range is between sixty-eight and seventy degrees fahrenheit. Extra efforts would include adding multiple thermometers to your enclosure to ensure temperatures remain the same across the board. If room temperatures drop during the evening and early morning hours, you can supplement some heat with a ceramic heat fixture. A ceramic heat fixture does not distribute light but will provide the immediate area with supplement heat. If your pet does not receive proper heat at the proper temperatures along with UVB light, it’s very possible that he or she may become sick with issues such as respiratory disease and will probably stop eating.
The Fire Bellied toad does not have an extendable tongue, so it will grab and hold onto food while stuffing it into its mouth using it’s forelegs. They will take a number of prey items such as crickets, worms, various insects and even small feeder fish such as guppies. It’s important to gut load, and dust food items with multivitamin powder. Adult fire bellied toads should need to eat two to three times a week and keep tabs on their weight so they don’t become overweight.
Don’t let the small, cute appearance of a fire-bellied toad fool you. They are fierce predators with big appetites. Simple movement from potential food item will have them lunge at just about anything crossing their path. Fire bellied toads have known to feed on flies, worms, slugs, snails, springtails, mites, water beetles, backswimmers and amphipods.
It’s vital to provide your pet with proper care and nutrition always. Every now and then check for signs of illness which can include irregular skin, reddish brown spots around the mouth (mites) eye area, ear area, irregular jaw line, dents in mouth with or without cottage cheese-like material (mouth rot), cloudy eyes or dull colour body when not in a shed, bloating or thinned body; irregular feeding and defecating habits. Limp thin body, lethargy, sunken eyes, pinkish patches on belly or sides; obvious wounds from cage mates or prey.
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