Frog of the Week: Fire-Bellied Toad

Our newest exhibit, Frogs: Nature’s Messenger, features a variety of colorful, quirky (and just plain weird!) amphibian species from around the world. Today’s Frog of the Week happens to be a particularly exotic one. Meet the very bold, and very beautiful Oriental Fire-Bellied Toad.

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This brilliant amphibian is a relatively small (2 inches) semi-aquatic frog species native to Korea, north-eastern China and adjacent parts of Russia.

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Typically bright green with black spots on their dorsal region, they get their distinctive name from their bright yellow to reddish-orange stomach area.

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Although typically referred to as a toad, the fire-bellied toad is not a member of the true toad family, but rather is frog.It’s “toad” alias comes from its spattering of tubercles or bumps across its dorsal side.

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The fire-bellied toad is semi-aquatic, inhabiting warm, humid forested regions, where they spend most of their time on land.

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Spot this frog in Zone A during your visit to Frogs: Nature’s Messenger, open for a limited time now through April 27,

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