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From a hairy tarantula to a talking African gray parrot, you never know what you’ll bump into in Ranger Rick's Backyard Safari at the Tennessee Aquarium!

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AMPHIBIANS

Fire-Bellied Toad

Bombina orientalis

ON EXHIBIT:  Rivers of the World at River Journey

Fire-bellied Toad

FUN FACTS
The fire-bellied toad is well camouflaged with its green and black markings. When threatened, a fire-bellied toad will raise its head, arms and legs upward to show its brightly colored orange and black belly as a warning.  This alerts would-be predators of the toad's toxic skin secretions. This behavior is called an unken reflex.

CONSERVATION
Populations are decreasing.  All amphibians are at risk due to factors such as habitat destruction, pollution and diseases such as ranavirus and chytrid fungus.



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About This Animal

SIZE: 3 in (7.6 cm)

RANGE: China, North and South Korea, adjacent parts of Russia

HABITAT: Streams and ponds

DIET: Insects