Pet Profile: Oriental Fire Bellied Toad
With a bright green and black back and a “fire-orange” underbelly, this little, two-inch, semi-aquatic toad makes his toxic personality clear to his predators. When startled or frightened, a toxic milky substance will secrete from his legs or belly. He sports the expected toad “warts,” or tubercles on his back, and makes his intentions known to females with a croak that sounds like a bark.
This carnivorous critter devours live crickets, small moths and mealworms. Live is important, because he hunts visually and needs to see movement. To enhance this colorful toad’s vibrancy, he may enjoy an occasional snack of carrot shavings.
The Oriental Fire Bellied Toad is most comfortable in a tank of at least 10 gallons, plus another four to five gallons for each extra toad. He needs low space more than vertical space. Since he likes to climb the sides, a mesh screen will keep him safe from escape and from other family pet “predators.”
Plants (live or fake) and rocks provide the hiding space your Fire Bellied Toad needs. Also, your toad needs a place to splash or swim, which can either be a dish sunk into the ground surface, or constructed as a semi-aquatic tank that’s 2/3 water and 1/3 land. Be aware that this option will encourage breeding, where the smaller water area will not.
Your toad’s water needs to be filtered. Take a look at the selection of Tetrafauna ReptoFilter® products in our catalog to keep water clear and odor-free.
Like many humans, Fire Bellied Toads prefer a summer temperature of about 78o F. During cooler months, it’s okay to cool down to about 72o F, but your toad will not be happy (or healthy) below 68o F. You can use either normal household light bulbs (incandescent), or fluorescent light bulbs to light and heat your toad’s home.
A juvenile toad is called…you guessed it… “a toadlet”!