Oriental fire-bellied toad in exhibit

Oriental Fire-bellied Toad

Scientific Name
Bombina orientalis
Northeast China, Korea, Thailand, Japan, and Russia
Wetlands, streams, and pools
Estimated Wild Population
Oriental fire-bellied toad in exhibit Endangered Status Graph - Least Concern Endangered Status Graph - Least Concern

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As their name implies, oriental fire-bellied toads have a flame-colored belly that contrasts against their bumpy, green-and-brown speckled legs and back. Females are larger than males, though males grow larger forearms during breeding season. They detect prey through movement, lying in wait until an insects scamper by. During colder months, they hibernate inside rotten trees, stone piles, or leaf litter in groups of up six individuals. Females lay clutches of up to 45 eggs on submerged plants. Newborns hatch after about a week and lose ther tail and develop limbs 12 weeks later.

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Oriental fire-bellied toads have vocalizations that vary from a croaky mating bark to a softer cooing sound.

When threatened by birds and larger aquatic animals, these poisonous toads flip onto their back and arch their spine, displaying their colorful stomach to scare away predators.

To mate, males cling to females and fertilize her eggs as she lays them.

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