Oriental Fire-bellied Toad

Oriental fire-bellied toad

Oriental Fire-bellied Toad
Bombina orientalis


CLASS
Amphibia
ORDER
Anura
FAMILY
Discoglossidae

Range

Northeastern China, Korea, southern Japan, and southern parts of Russia


Habitat

Mountain ponds and streams at medium to high elevations


Diet

Adults feed on invertebrates, including worms, insects, and mollusks

Weight

1 - 2 oz.

Size

1.5 - 2 in.

IUCN

Least Concern

Facts

  • These toads are diurnal and highly aquatic
  • The milky substance secreted by their skin irritates the mouth and eyes of attackers.
  • When threatened, oriental fire-bellied toads will reveal their colorful underside to warn predators to stay away. They will also hold their limbs up and arch their head in a posture called the "unken reflex."
  • They hibernate from fall to late spring in in groups of one to six individuals.

 

Conservation

They are common throughout their range, but the current population trend is decreasing.

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