Acquired: Pet store,
Worked with pet (didn’t own)
Posted May 11, 2013
Despite the fact that frogs and toads are thought of as slimy pond creatures, most people will agree that they have many attractive qualities. Toads can be bright, friendly looking animals and the fire-bellied toad is no exception. While many toads are associated with plague and witches, no such thoughts will be present when you experience a fire-bellied toad. They appear to be a bright green toad with a shining red belly and black blotches all over its body. With such a bold pallet this gives their camouflage a fun, cartoon quality. Additionally, fire-bellies can be an active toad, so be prepared to watch them plod around the tank with that permanent toad smile.
Fire-bellies will climb on items in their enclosure, so do not be afraid to decorate. Also, a good-sized water container is vital since they love to swim. Keep the enclosure warm and clean it regularly to encourage good health. Feed your fire-belly live crickets, and enjoy watching them hunt and pounce their food. These toads can live over 10 years, so be prepared to care for them for the long run. Lastly, fire-bellies, like most toads, should be handled as little as possible. Frogs and toads have a necessary slime coating over their bodies that can be rubbed off while being handled. Also, fire-bellies secrete toxins through their skin that can be harmful to humans. Enjoy watching your fabulous little toad and avoid touching it to encourage long-term happiness for both of you.