Fire Bellied Toads
These guys were definitely given the right name ! On top they are green and black but underneath on their bellies they are bright orange. Their color is a warning to other animals that they are toxic [poisonous] and wouldn’t be a good choice for lunch. Maybe that’s why they live a long time … 10 - 15 years.
Of course you aren’t going to eat your little buddy but it’s also good not to touch or hold him with your bare hands. Use disposable gloves when you do need to move them and always wash your hands super good after cleaning the tank.
It’s best if they live just with other Fire Bellied Toads because they can make other kinds of frogs, or lizards, really sick.
You’ll need to have at least a 10 gallon tank. You can have 2 or 3 frogs in that size of a tank. Be sure your tank is longer than it is tall and put a lid on it. These guys can jump ! [make sure the lid has some holes or space for air to get into the tank]
About ½ to 1/3 of the tank should be dry land. You can set up smooth rocks, damp moss, plants and a few places where they can hide.
The rest of the tank needs to have about 3 inches or water. The water will need a filter and get ready to change the water very often [these guys go the washroom a lot]. Always let the new water sit in a container for 24 hours before you put it in the tank.
You’ll want to set up a light for them to sit under. It needs to be around 78 F.
Get this, Fire bellied toads can’t stick their tongues out ! They use their mouths to grab their food and then they use their front legs to stuff it in their mouth !
They eat wax worms, earthworms, guppies and crickets. DO NOT feed them crickets you might find around your home or in your backyard. These crickets might have gotten some of the chemicals from your lawn care [fertilizer / weed killer] on them.