Fire Belly Toad

 

Date: June 22nd, 2011

The Fire Belly Toad is actually a frog and makes an easy-to-care for pet. These beautiful amphibians are found in the highlands and rice patties of China, Korea, and Southern Russia. Their small size, easy care, and interesting behaviors make them a great first pet. The bright red belly of these frogs is a warning to all predators that they are mildly toxic. Although not particularly dangerous to humans, handling should be kept to a minimum and you must wash your hands thoroughly after contact.

 

Fire Belly Toads CountryMax.com

 

  • Common Name: Fire Belly Toad
  • Scientific Name: Bombina orientalis
  • Distribution: China, Korea, Southern Russia
  • Size: 1-2"
  • Life Span: 7-15 years

 

Habitat

 

  • Fire Belly Toads will do best in a semi-aquatic terrarium. Terrariums with half land and half water provide the perfect environment for Fire Belly Toads.
  • 2 or 3 Fire Belly Toads will do well in a 10 or 15 gallon terrarium. Larger groups will need a 20 gallon or larger terrarium.
  • A waterfall kit is a great addition to a Fire Belly Toad terrarium because it will help keep water from becoming stagnant and will add a naturalistic look to your pet's home.

 

     

    Heating

     

    • Daytime Terrarium Temperature 70-75°F
    • Nighttime Terrarium Temperature 60-68°F
    • No Basking Site is needed.
    • Fire Belly Toads are cold tolerant amphibians, and will do best with little to no supplemental heat in most homes.
    • A quality thermometer will enable you to monitor your terrarium temperatures.

     

    Lighting

     

    • Like most amphibians, Fire Belly Toads do not require special UVB lighting, however proper light cycles will encourage normal daytime behavior.

     

    Substrates

     

    • Eco Earth® is the preferred substrate for most amphibian species. We recommend keeping a deep layer of 2" or more to allow your frog to burrow completely under the substrate.
    • We recommend using ReptiSand™ as a substrate in the water element of your terrarium.
    • Avoid using large gravel in your terrarium. Fire Belly Toads can be aggressive feeders and will experience impaction if they were to swallow gravel.

     

    Nutrition

     

    • Fire Belly Toads are insectivorous and will need to be offered a variety of insects to stay healthy.
    • Feed as many insects as your Fire Belly Toad can eat in 15 minutes.
    • Always offer a variety of feeder insects. Small guppies can be offered occasionally.

     

    Water

     

    • Clean, fresh water is critical to keeping all amphibians healthy. We recommend using ReptiSafe® Water Conditioner to treat all water that is added to your terrarium.
    • Water areas of amphibian enclosures need to be filtered and frequent water changes are recommended.  Whisper Reptofilter is the perfect choice for small water sections of terrariums.
      • Spray terrarium daily.

         

         

         

        Source: http://zoomed.com/cm/resources-stuff/Care%20Sheet/fb_FireBellyToad.html

         Image: http://images.nationalgeographic.com/wpf/media-live/photos/000/005/cache/fire-bellied-toad_524_600x450.jpg

         

        If you have any further questions, email them to AskMax@CountryMax.com, or visit your local CountryMax store today!

         



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