The Fire Bellied Toad is a fascinating species with diverse behavioural 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. Within this space it is recommended to have a significant amount of water as well as land - up to 50/50. This is best done with a divider in the terrarium as many water dishes wouldn't provide this amount of water. For the water section, there is the option of a substrate base to make it look a little more natural and provide opportunity for aquatic plants. Despite this being the aquatic section, it is also a good idea to include a variety of rocks and wood, which your toads can use to get out of the water or hide under. Any water going into the tank, including this water area 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. For the land section of the tank, a good moisture holding substrate such as a soil should be used, as well as mosses and 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 as swim.
Another behavioural aspect to note is that these toads can be quite vocal when they are males. This is one of their communication systems and is very relevant to them especially during mating. For groupings, you would want at least a couple of females, so as not to put too much stress on one female with multiple males, but you can also keep male groups or female groups. You might also see your toads clinging to one another - this is to show dominance and wont cause injury but should be kept an eye on. With any group living species it is vital to ensure all individuals are in good weight and no single one is being targeted, however there will always be a certain pecking order.
To provide sufficient heating and lighting for these animals, you will first start with a warm area of 26C - on the land section of the enclosure. This is best reached with a basking bulb or ceramic heat emitter - either of which will need attaching to the relevant thermostat to ensure the safety of the animals. the cooler areas of the tank, including the water section can remain 18-22C and therefore will likely not warrant a submersible heater unless in a considerably cold room. Night time temperatures can drop to 15C - which will mimic a drop in temperature that would naturally be experienced in a wild setting. All temperatures should be consistently monitored using an accurate digital thermometer. Fire Bellied Toads would also naturally be exposed to UVB and this is an important addition to your enclosure, boosting health and well-being as well as creating a more natural environment. Good examples of relevant bulbs are Arcadia's Shade Dweller or 6% T5 (The strength depending on the height of your enclosure). UV will be used in a 12 hour cycle, going off as the temperature drops and the bulbs will also need replacing after 6-12 month (lifespan depending on bulb and brand). After the specified lifespan, the bulb may still glow, but the UV would have deteriorated.
High humidity is also vital in your Fire Belly set up and should be between 70 - 80% - this being measured with an accurate digital hygrometer. To reach this humidity, firstly may not be too difficult with such a large water section, but will require additional misting and/or the use of a fogger, to ensure the land area doesn't dry out. Remember this water will also need de-chlorinating. Live plants and moss can also be great contributors to this humidity.
Fire Bellied Toads are insectivores and will be fed on a good variety of crickets, locust, calci worms and flies. Gut loading in conjunction with dusting with good quality calcium, D3 and multivitamin supplements in an alternating cycle will mean the frogs receive all the required nutrients from the live food. Vitamin A is also vital to frogs 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 Oriental Fire Belly Toads:
- Current Age/Size - Juveniles - 1.5 - 2 cm approx
- Adult Expected Size - Around 2 inches / 5 cm
- Habitat - Woodland, temperate rain forest, marshland, swaps and farmland in Northern and Central Asia. Semi-aquatic.
- 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 - 15 - 20 Years
- Temperature Gradient - 20 - 26C
- Humidity Levels - 70 - 80%
- Feeding - Insectivore - Live food such as crickets, locust, calci worms and flies
- Handling - Cannot be handled, as contact with our skin can cause discomfort and long term damage
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