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Oriental Fire-Bellied Toad

(Bombina orientalis)


Category: Amphibians



Actually a type of frog, these brightly colored, semi-aquatic species are found in Korea, northeastern China, and adjacent parts of Russia. When threatened, they may roll on their backs to display their bright orange stomachs – giving predators a chance to avoid eating a poisonous meal. They are popular pets due to their attractive looks and ease of care, but should be handled sparingly to avoid contact with their toxin.




Data & Facts

Scientific Classification
Kingdom - Animalia
Phylum - Chordata
Class - Amphibia
Order - Anura
Family - Bombinatoridae
Genus - Bombina
Species - B. orientalis

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Interesting Animal Facts

Caecilians: The Limbless Enigma

Caecilians are amphibians with long, limbless bodies that resemble worms or snakes more than frogs or salamanders. Their name means “blind ones,” a reference to their tiny, skin-covered (or in some cases, non-existent) eyes - which probably don’t get much use, as they spend most their lives burrowing underground. Caecilians are unusual for amphibians in that 75% of them give birth to live young, oftentimes, fully formed. There are also a few species where the mother actually grows a layer of nutritious, fatty skin that is eaten off by her own young, which is analogous to breastfeeding in mammals.

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