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Fire-bellied toad (Bombina orientalis)

Fire-bellied toad
Fire-bellied toad

Personal information
The four fire-bellied toads here are named John, George, Paul and Ringo. They were born in 2006 and came to the Zoo in 2007.

Status in the wild
Not currently considered a threatened species.

This species is found in Korea, northeastern China and adjacent parts of Russia. An introduced population exists near Beijing. This frog is mostly aquatic, inhabiting warm, humid regions at high elevations. They may be found in a variety of different habitats, such as spruce, pine or deciduous forests, river valleys, swampy bush lands, and open meadows. They spend most of their time soaking in shallow pools.


Tadpoles survive on algae, fungi, and plants, while the adults eat a variety of invertebrates, including worms, insects, and mollusks.

  • The fire bellied toad is known to flip on its back when it feels threatened; this is to show its bright vivid colors to predators.
  • In the wild, bugs that the toad eats make it poisonous.
  • Captive toads are minimally or not at all poisonous.
  • Usually captive Fire Bellied toads can live around 12 years, but several have lived to be up to 30 years old!
  • Males often act aggressively toward one another, usually in competition for food or a mate.