Acquired: Worked with pet (didn’t own)
Posted Nov 23, 2015
The fire-bellied toad is not in fact a true toad, but a frog that happens to have a lumpy appearance. However, this makes little difference in their care, which is simple as frogs go.
While fire-bellied toads are not aquatic frogs, they can easily be kept in a modified amphibious aquarium set-up. They do require filtration and excellent water quality, but beyond that (and the usual concerns about temperature) it isn't difficult to create a suitable environment for a small group of frogs.
Like most frogs, fire-bellied toads like to spend much of their time hunkered down in a quiet corner. However, their patterns (especially their bright bellies) are engaging, and they tend to be very enthusiastic and active at mealtime; in fact in my experience they'd line up at the edge of their enclosure and try to "bail out" in an effort to get their food faster!
These frogs do produce toxins, nothing serious but enough to give you some serious burning sensations in eyes or mucous membranes if you happen to touch your face after upsetting one.
Overall, a simple, rewarding frog.
(Photo by Steven G. Johnson)