The fire-bellied toad is a vividly colored Asian amphibian that is a simple to care for friend that can live at your pad for five to twelve years. If you’ve ever wanted a toadally cool pet, here’s a mini-guide for new fire-bellied toad owners:

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To set up a proper fire-bellied toad habitat in your home, you’ll need to set up a terrarium environment with half shallow water and half dry land with plenty of leafy plants for your toad to hide in. I’d recommend using bottled water for your toad, because that water is chemical-free and ready for amphibians to swim in. For the land, choose the largest gravel or substrate bits that you can find. This is because this species cannot throw up, and if it accidentally eats a small piece of gravel, you’ll have to take it to the vet! Don’t forget to make sure that the land gently slopes into the water so that the toad will have no problems moving between the two.

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Fire-bellied toads aren’t picky eaters, and they love to munch on lively, moving waxworms, red wrigglers and especially “gut loaded” crickets. This means that you’ll have to feed your crickets supplement-packed food so that your toad gets its nutrients. For you and your toad’s sakes, try not handle your fire-bellied toad as much as possible, as it secretes a mild toxin from its skin to scare away potential predators that may cause you a little irritation if it gets in your eyes or mouth. That, and this animal has very sensitive skin, so handling the toad might harm it in the long run.

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For a good natured, long-lasting and uncomplicated amphibian, you can’t go wrong with adopting a fire-bellied toad. Have fun, amphibian fans!

Sources: Petco, Petsmart, Amphibian Care