My Lovely Firebellied Toads

Two of my lovelies are Oriental Firebellied Toads {Bombina orientalis.}
They are named for their incredibly pretty bellies, which are neon orange with black spots.(belly view at right)

I never came up with names for these critters, but when I went to Europe a few summers ago, I left them with our pal Tim who works at our favorite bug-store...his 6 year old daughter came up with the names Flotsam and Jetsam. As it turns out, these are names of characters in Disney's The Little Mermaid movie.

These guys require a bit more work for upkeep in the home, but they are probably the best terrestrial frogs as pets for the beginner:

Food requirements: Crickets

Habitat: Terrarium (land/water). No heater necessary (unless you live in an extremely cold climate.) Habits: VERY VERY active!!! These guys Hop, Swim, and Sing all the time. They are slightly toxic, sometimes even to humans

  • Don't try licking these frogs-they're not that kind of frog!!!(sheeesh!)

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    I also have two African dwarf frogs {Hymenochirus boettgeri.}

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