Acquired: Pet store
Posted Aug 07, 2015
It's hard to believe that fire-bellied toads are even toads. Maybe the "fire-bellied" indicates some sort of intoxication, as fire-bellied toads are incredibly active for a species of toad. They constantly run around, sing, jump, hop, and swim. However, they like to hide their activities. Because they're into privacy, it's best to get your fire-bellied toads a place to hide, like a hollow rock or log. They won't spend all their time in there, but like all of us, they need some time to recharge occasionally. Because of their constant activities, kids love to play with and watch fire-bellied toads. They're not especially friendly, and don't like to be handled, but some of the fire-bellied toads I owned got used to human contact and were okay with being held. Remember to wash your hands after contact with a fire-bellied toad, and don't go licking the toads or macking them or anything, as the toxins that their skin secretes can be harmful to humans. At most, though, it'll just cause a painful stomachache, causing permanent harm only to people allergic to them. Don't mix any other species with fire-bellied toads. I learned this the hard way - I put a common toad in a cage with several fire-bellied toads, and it was dead the next day due to the toxins the fire-bellies secrete.
Overall, I would say this is the best toad to have as a pet, due to their great appearance and activity.