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FIRE BELLIED TOAD
SCIENTIFIC NAME: Bombina orientalis
HOUSE NAME: "Drop"
HABITAT: This species is found in China, North Korea, South Korea, and regions of Russia. Inhabits lowlands, forests, open meadows, river valleys, and swampy
bushlands. This species can adapt to modified habitats.
CONSERVATION STATUS: Least Concern
FUN FACT: If attacked or threatened, fire bellied toads will perform an arching backbend called the ”unken reflex”; this maneuver exposes their brightly colored underbellies.
DIET: Omnivore. A variety of insects: beetles, flies, and ants; also worms and snails. Tadpoles mainly eat algae, fungi, and plants but as they age they eat more insects.
DESCRIPTION: The back varies from brownish gray to bright green with large dark spots and are covered in spiky-looking warts. The belly ranges from yellow to red with large dark spots. The pupil of the eye is triangular. They are 1.5 to 2 inches in length and weigh 1 to 2 ounces. This family of toads cannot extend their tongues like other toads or frogs. To feed, they must leap forward and catch prey with their mouths.
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*Fire bellied toads are education animal ambassadors; their habitat is not viewable to public as they require privacy when not on program.
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