Asian Fire Bellied Toad Natural History
At just 4cm (less than 2 inches), this toad species is considered to be quite small, having a very flat body position.
Habitat and Distribution.
Whilst these toads live in moist forests, they spend most of their time on land, however will often be found near some kind of water source (whether this be a pond, stream or other water source). They can mostly be found in areas of Korea, China and Russia.
This toad has been recorded as living for as long as 30 years in captivity and 20 in the wild, during optimum conditions.
This is an insectivorous amphibian which feeds on small insects.
Groups and Breeding.
Areas which support this toad species will often have a number of individuals near each other, with males attracting females with a loud call. After mating, the female will lay anywhere between 40 to 100 eggs in a water source (generally laid as a single clutch) which will hatch between 3 and 10 days later, with full metamorphosis from tadpole to toad taking up to 14 weeks.
This species of toad is not considered to be under threat, however it is still often collected for the pet trade.
It gets its name from the red and black colouration of its stomach which is used as a way to threaten potential predators as to its toxic skin.
The Toads During Your Day Out in Kent
At Wingham Wildlife Park, you can find the fire bellied toads in the reptile house, usually sharing an enclosure with species such as a millipede, due to their small size and gentle demeanour. The colour of these animals can vary greatly between individuals, with some being very bright green, whilst others may on occasion be almost brown.