O is for…Bombina Orientalis

Today is the fifteenth day of the April A to Z Challenge.  I will be writing about different frog species based on their latin species names!  See the introduction here.

 

Bombina Orientalis – Oriental Fire-Belly Toad

The B. orientalis is toxic, so when threatened they flip to their back and arch their spines.  This posture is called unkenreflex.  This reaction displays their gorgeous red belly which informs the predator that they are indeed not a tasty snack.

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The fire-bellied toad can be found in NE China, Korea, Thailand, southern Japan and a couple regions of Russia.  The green back helps them to camouflage into their surroundings as they are found in swampy bush-lands, open meadows and near stagnant and running waters.  This species will tend to stay relatively close to the water.

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Males have a very soft oop…oop…ooooop call.

Oriental Fire-Bellied Toad

In extreme cases, the fire bellied toad may produce so much poison that its entire body covers in a soapy foam.

Check out my previous A to Z posts:

A B C D E F G H I J K L M N

 

Sources:

(1) ADW(2) Amphibiaweb

Image Sources:

(1) Featured Creature(2) Flickr User Roberto Verzo (3) Amphibian Rescue

 

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