Fire-Bellied Toad Care and Breeding - Bombina orientalis and relatives
by Kurt Kunze, Justin Reed and John P. Clare
Description & Natural History
There are very few pet stores where you won't find fire-bellied toads for sale. Generally, this means Bombina orientalis
, the Oriental or Chinese Fire-Bellied Toad, the species most often referred to as simply “Fire-Bellied Toad”. It is a primitive frog of the family Bombinatoridae, suborder Archaeobatrachia, and a native of northeastern Asia.
There are 8 species in the genus Bombina
, all of which are semi-aquatic and possess tubercles (wart-like bumps) that cover the skin dorsally. They also possess triangular pupils. Only 4 of the 8 species of Bombina
are seen in captivity.
- Bombina bombina, the European Fire-Bellied Toad, is brownish gray to very dark gray in color, almost black, with darker spots dorsally. Some individuals are