Fire Bellied Toad
Found in mountain ponds in Siberia, China and Korea.
An adult toad will eat a range of invertebrates, including worms, insects and molluscs. Their tadpoles are herbivores, eating plants and algae.
Fire bellied toads are very active, swimming along the banks of rivers and streams to search for food and a mate. They can often be seen floating on the surface of water, flashing their striking stomach to potential predators swimming below them. The red acts as a warning to fish that they are toxic and don’t taste very good.
Male fire bellied toads have a soft voice, and they will call throughout the day and night to attract a mate. Once the female selects her partner, she will carry him around on her back until she finds a suitable spot to lay eggs. She will attach around 200 eggs to plants, rocks and roots in a quiet part of a stream or pond.
One third of all amphibian species are at risk from extinction. Zoos worldwide are working hard to provide environments so that amphibians can reproduce successfully in captivity.
Research is being put into a cure for Chrytridiomycosis – a nasty fungus which grows on the skin of amphibians, suffocating them to death. There is currently no cure in the wild for this, but it is hoped that with the money and resources that are being offered by the zoo and scientific community that one will be found soon.
- Latin Name: Bombina orientalis
- Class: Amphibians
- Order: Anura
- Conservation Status: Least Concern
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