The Bumblebee Toad is a fascinating species with quite unique behavioral habits. They are able to be kept in small groups, though it is essential that enough space is available for all individuals to escape one another and have sufficient feeding, heat and cover opportunity. For a group of 5 - 6 toads you would be looking at a minimum of 90 x 45 x 45 cm. Any water going into the tank, including a water bowl will need to be de-chlorinated, which can be done with a liquid additive such as ZooMeds Reptisafe. Chlorine has a drying effect on amphibian skin, so normal tap water can 'burn' the toads and cause damage. This will also be relevant in misting the enclosure. Substrate recommendations vary considerably, but coco soil works well, as well as leaf litter to make it more natural and provide cover. In addition a variety of decor such as branches, logs, rocks and foliage is extremely beneficial to your animals and creates good enrichment opportunity and mental stimulation. You will find this species use any enrichment provided and will even climb as well.
Bumblebee Toads will experience a wide variety of temperatures in the wild but the best way to keep them is to avoid the extremes and keep them at a happy medium. These toads will thrive with temperatures at a maximum of 24°C with a cool area of 15-18°C. Monitoring of the temperature with digital thermometers is essential as well as ensuring any heat source used is attached to the relevant thermostat. A heat mat is a good option when considering these low temperatures. The night time temperatures can drop as low as 15°C or even under and so may not require any extra heating. Despite this species spending most of its time on the forest floor or hiding in the dense leaves and moss, it is likely they would still be exposed to some UV, so providing this in your enclosure will boost your toads health and help create a natural environment as well as creating a natural day-night cycle. A good UV source to use is Arcadia's 7% ShadeDweller (25-40cm away) which will need changing every 12 months as after this time the UV will fade but the light will still be glowing (lifespan is bulb dependent).
Humidity is also vital in your Toads set up and should never be above 70%. These toads are in fact well accustomed to lower humidity and replicating their natural habitat of 50-60% is key. Always ensure to measure humidity with an accurate digital hygrometer. Reaching the desired humidity of 50-60% should be easily obtained with the use of the correct substrates and keeping water bowls small and shallow, but enclosures may require an additional light misting every few days, to ensure the humidity does not fall below 50%. Remember this water will also need de-chlorinating.
Bumblebee Toads are insectivores and will be fed on a diet mainly consisting of fruit flies. Smaller prey items are often consumed in bulk and fruit flys are going to be the staple even once the toads turn adult and reach full size. Gut loading in conjunction with dusting with good quality calcium, D3 and multivitamin supplements in an alternating cycle will mean the toads receive all the required nutrients from the live food. Vitamin A is also vital to amphibians specifically and plays a big part in vision, skin health and tissue growth - essential for an amphibian which can be prone to neurological issues.
Swell SuperStore Bumblebee Toads:
- Current Age/Size - 1.5 inches approx
- Adult Expected Size - Around 1.5 - 2 inches / 5 cm
- Habitat - Woodland, grasslands in Paraguay. Mainly terrestrial
- Required Enclosure Size - 90 x 45 x 45 cm (5 - 6 toads)
- UV Lighting - 1 - 2 UVI (7% Shade Dweller or 6% T5 - Depending on the height of the enclosure)
- Expected Lifespan - 10 - 15 Years
- Temperature Gradient - 18 - 24C
- Humidity Levels - 50 - 60%
- Feeding - Insectivore - Live food mainly consisting of fruit flies
- Handling - Cannot be handled, as contact with our skin can cause discomfort and long term damage
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