Arizona, United States
Posted Sep 26, 2014
In August of 2013 we acquired Enrique from our children's kindergarten teacher. He came home in a small plastic habitat that we knew he would begin to outgrow as we knew our toad would double in size based on the information provided.
We purchased a 10-gallon aquarium with the vented lid for breathing and access. In addition we purchased pebble and added large, smooth perching stones and moss for the toad to burrow into.
Enrique is a rather reclusive toad. We have found through research that Fire Bellied toads are social creatures and do well in pairs so we may look to expand our toad family. The aquarium is rather simple to maintain, however it does require regular maintenance since it is 60% fresh water and 40% land. The water can begin to smell foul, become discolored and foul from the toad excrement and or from the food making its way into the water and drowning.
The food sources can be meal worms and or crickets. We have had the best luck with meal worms due to the proper nutritional content and ease of purchase. Crickets can be a bit more expensive and the handling can be rather cumbersome.
Fire Belly Toads should not be handled by bare hands. Human body oils are toxic to Fire Bellied toads and can result in illness or death. Additionally, the bodily secretions from the toad can cause a rash or unfavorable skin reaction to most humans. Overall our son loves his free toad from kindergarten and are a great starter toad for families looking to add an aquarium type amphibian. They can be purchased for less than $10 at any major pet store.