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Fire-Bellied Toad

Fire-Bellied Toad Facts

KingdomAnimalia
PhylumChordata
ClassAmphibia
OrderAnura
FamilyBombinatoridae
GenusBombina
Scientific NameBombina
TypeAmphibian
DietCarnivore
Size (L)4cm - 7cm (1.5in - 3in)
Weight20g - 80g (0.7oz - 2.8oz)
Top Speed8km/h (5mph)
Life Span10 - 15 years
LifestyleSolitary
Conservation StatusLeast Concern
ColourBlack, Green, Grey, Brown, Yellow, Orange, Red
Skin TypePermeable
Favourite FoodInsects
HabitatForests, jungle and marshes
Average Clutch Size200
Main PreyInsects, Worms, Spiders
PredatorsFoxes, Snakes, Birds
Distinctive FeaturesBrightly coloured belly and long toes

Fire-Bellied Toad Location

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Fire-Bellied Toad

The fire-bellied toad is small to medium-sized species of toad that is found naturally across mainland Europe and northern and central Asia. The fire-bellied toad is most commonly known for the brightly-coloured markings on its body, which are predominantly found on the underside of the fire-bellied toad.

The fire-bellied toad is found close to water in a variety of different habitats. Forest, woodland, temperate rainforests, marshlands, swamps and even farmland, often provides the perfect home for the fire-bellied toad. The fire-bellied toad also spends a great deal of time in water from tiny freshwater, mountain streams to large slow-flowing rivers and lakes.

There are eight different species of fire-bellied toad found throughout Europe and Asia. Despite varying slightly in size and colour, the different species of fire-bellied toad all look fairly similar having bumpy skin, webbed toes and eyes on the top of their heads. The different species of fire-bellied toad of so similar that two in particular are able to interbreed and produce fertile offspring.

The skin colour of the fire-bellied toad depends on the species but can range from brown to yellow, to green, to orange and even white. The skin of the fire-bellied toad is known to be toxic to some animals including humans.

The fire-bellied toad is a carnivorous animal as the fire-bellied toad has a diet that mainly consists of small invertebrates like bugs and insects. The fire-bellied toad is able to catch its prey by shooting out its long, sticky tongue which grabs onto the insect and pulls it into the open mouth of the fire-bellied toad. The fire-bellied toad is also known to eat spiders, larvae and the odd worm.

Due to its small size, the fire-bellied toad has numerous predators within its natural environment. Foxes, cats, snakes, lizards and birds are the most common predators of the fire-bellied toad along with some species of large fish. The eggs and tadpoles of the fire-bellied toad also have a number of aquatic predators in the water.

The fire-bellied toad mates during the late spring, when the female fire-bellied toad lays between 50 and 300 sticky eggs onto a plant stem or leaf that hangs over the water. The eggs of the fire-bellied toad are joined together and are known as toadspawn, but it can take a couple of years before the fire-bellied toad tadpoles have full transformed into adult toads.