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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

Swiss Army Skin

Amphibian skin is not covered in hair, feathers, or scales. It is thin and permeable, which allows them to actually breathe and drink through their skin! Their skin is not watertight, but they have mucous glands that produce secretions to help keep them from drying out Their skin also serves as a handy defense mechanism: nearly all amphibians have poison glands that make their skin toxic - and on top of that, it can even serve as a tasty treat after they shed it (yes, many amphibians eat their own sloughed off skin)!

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