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European Fire-bellied Toad

The European Fire-bellied Toad (Bombina bombina), is a species of fire-bellied toad native to mainland Europe.

Fire-Bellied toads have a bright lime green dorsal traversed by black spots, and orange to bright red bellies with black bars and stripes. The skin is mildly bumpy, the eyes set high to suit a semi-aquatic life style, and also well webbed back feet. Color and body variations will be described for each of the other 3 species commonly sold as or mistaken for Oriental Fire-Bellied Toads.

When they shed their skin, they bloat themselves and make a coughing sound, then start to tear the old skin off with their mouth, and eat it for nutrition, to reveal newer, brighter skin. These toads are slightly toxic sometimes to humans.

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European Fire-bellied Toad


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