The Fire Bellied Toad is one of the most widely kept species of toad. Easy to keep and maintain makes them a great beginners amphibian.
Doesn't the name give it away?
They have red, sometimes yellow-orange bellies in captive bred specimens with black spots. The rest of the body is green or even brown with black markings and warts. A red tip is present on each toe, the back toes are large and webbed, and this helps them to swim. Their eyes protrude from the top of their head and the eardrum is hardly apparent.
They grow to an adult size of 4-6cm (1.5-2.5"). The males are smaller, slender and have the cushion like pads (nuptial pad) on their thumbs. You will also find that the males have longer and stronger front legs once adult.
They can be found in parts of China, Eastern Russia and Korea.
These toads are very hardy withstanding low temperature of 5C (41F), but do not like it any higher then 30C (86F). I wouldn't recommend trying to keep your toads at these temperatures for long periods of time, as I'm sure this could cause illness and possible death. Keep them roughly at room temperature 20-24C. You may need extra heat in the winter months, or you could let them hibernate at 5-15C for a few months.
YES, they are not very demanding!
There are a three ways to keep your toads happy. You can have a set-up of 50/50 land and water, all aquatic or mainly land, I prefer the 50/50 land and water.
This is my 50/50 method - I have used two plastic tanks of different sizes. Using the small tank for treated water, place inside the larger tank at one end. I have used compost and moss for the substrate (do not use gravel) and placed this the same level as the water. I have provided a log for the toads to hide under and very important, something in the water to help them climb out.
Feed your toad a varied diet of live insects every few days. Adults may take a pinkie, but I haven't tried this yet.
Caution: When providing water for your amphibians, this MUST be treated with an Aquarium de-chlorinated solution. The Chlorine will harm and possible kill your amphibians after a period of time. Alternatively, you can use fresh, clean rainwater!
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