Firebelly Toad & Firebelly Newt Care | Pet Reptiles


Oftentimes, customers come into the store,
first-time reptile amphibian buyers and say, “I’d love to get a tree frog or something
for my son.” I look down and see a five year old child
and I say, “Well, maybe we shouldn’t deal with that because tree frogs are quick. They jump and they’d probably escape from
the terrarium before he reached six.” So, we talk to them about other types of amphibians. And amphibians are a variety of different
animals: frogs, toads, newts, and salamanders. And two of the most popular we have, and I’m
holding them upside down for a reason, are the Fire-Bellies. This is a Fire-Bellied newt. This is an animal that lives in a semi-aquatic
environment. They start off their life wanting to be totally
in the water, but then they do emerge and like it a little bit halfway. They go on land sometimes, back in the water. Five-gallon tank is sufficient. They eat a pre-packaged, pelleted food. Very simple to keep. Fire-Bellied newts will get about 5 or 6 inches. And you can see from the top part of them,
there’s not too much to look at. That’s nature’s way of letting them cryptically
hide in the mud they live in, but underneath they have this wonderful pattern on them. Fire-Bellied is definitely a good term for
them. Their counterparts in the pet world and in
nature are Fire-Bellied toads. Toads differ from frogs in many ways, but
primarily toads are really more a terrestrial animal, meaning they want to stay on land. They love to get wet and dip in the water,
that’s for sure. So, you can keep them in a semi-dry land area
with a shallow pool. It could be as simple as a bowl or it could
be a tank set up with a little pond area, which looks really nice. Regular plants planted at the bottom are easy,
and these guys are cricket eaters. They love to chomp on the crickets, as do
the Fire-Bellied newts. So, to co-habitate these two sometimes is
possible. They’re inexpensive starter animals, I would
say. I always hate to use the word disposable,
but sometimes, because of the first-time nature of the owners, they become that way. But if you can check them out from the underbelly,
they are beautiful creatures, definitely photographic, as you can see. And one of our most popular ones to use for
beginners. And also for accents in other terrariums,
which have other more exotic animals up in the top, like tree frogs. Fire-Bellied toads will live underneath the
canopy and be quite happy there, sharing their space with all types of tree frogs and tree
lizards. So, the Fire-Bellied toads and the Fire-Bellied
newts are a good choice if you’re looking for a beginner pet.

100 thoughts on “Firebelly Toad & Firebelly Newt Care | Pet Reptiles

  1. Ugh, i dont know what to do it, but My FBT has not eaten in 3 months. Yes 3 months. I cannot get it to eat at all. All it does is hide under a rock and it won't even come out to sit in the water. I don't know what to do it now, and I don't know how it's stating alive without food for all this time. Unfortunately, it is winter and can get cold in the house, but I've got a heating pad under the tank. Any help would be great because I just don't know what to do it now.

  2. This video is good, but Firebelly Toads are just as capable of escaping tanks as Tree Frogs are, and do require a significant level of care. They're not like keeping a Gold Fish, per say (although some Gold Fish can be more difficult to care for than others). 

    Also, I really didn't like how the speaker was holding the toads and salamanders. Why not put them in a critter keeper or 2.5 gallon for the display video instead of holding them and stressing them out?

    Just my thoughts on the vid.

  3. I'm getting one tonight!!!! There so cute and I'm dying to get my hands on that cutie!! He'll have alooooooot of smooch marks teehee

  4. I don't know about you guys, but I have never met a fire belly newt who eats prepared pre-packaged pellets like he says.
    Mine like bloodworms and waxworms

  5. Can anyone help me my fire bellied news aren't eating I tried feeding them bloodworms and I've wiggled them so they look live but they don't eat them I got them on Saturday and today is Tuesday so plz help

  6. Hi.
    You said it is 'sometimes possable' to house these two together, why "sometimes?' I wish to put them together in my 180 Litre tank, will that be ok? I have a water fall where the water runs into a small pond area, will it be alright to use fake grass as part of the substraight? I will also be using moss. Do they 'take a dump' in the water or on land? If on land how easy is it to clean with all the Moss/Bark & other things on the floor?
    Can you house anything else with these? If so what?
    Thanks.
    David (from the U.K)

  7. I once found a newt under ground, in some wet soil, next to a dried out stream in Malibu, California. It was hibernating. It was completely pink in color though. I didn't know what the heck it was, but it reminded me of a worm. I gently put the dirt back over it and left it in peace.

  8. Hi! This video helped me a lot! I was wondering if fire belly newts made good pets. From this video I'm guessing that they are! :3 I hope to adopt one in the near future! P.S. I have experience w reptiles and creatures related… I personally own a leopard gecko. ?

  9. Man I had that toad as a kid! Believe it or not lived so freaking long that when I moved away I gave him to another kid around the same age as I was when I got him!

  10. Oh there are so many that toad in my home town and we didnt touch it cuz of appearance but i think your guys buy them from Korea

  11. This guy's reptile shop is in Long Island. It's disgusting. Last time I visited his shop, I saw several dead animals in his display enclosures. The husbandry is appalling and he has no right to tell you how to take care of your pets. He's an animal abuser. If you're considering introducing a reptile to your family, please do proper research. Visit forums, reach out to responsible owners. Understand that your decision is a commitment to give said animal a responsible, loving, and engaging life for the duration of that animal's life. This could be decades. This animal, especially in chelonians, can exceed your lifespan.

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  13. Can Firebelly Newts and Firebelly Toads really co-exist? I had research and they said that they could poison each other. Need help thanks

  14. Idiot, fire bellied toads arent toads, they are frogs. People just call them toads because of the males bumpy skin.

  15. can I have so assistance please? I don't know what to do. I bought a firebelly from my job,he is injured (was already that when). I found him in the large tank,he can't swim so great,swims in circles and flips. I removed him from there and placed him into a cricket keeper for a few days. he then turned bright green. I placed crickets in there and tried mealworms but I don't think he's eating them. I bought a small 2.5 and filled it a little with water,gravel for a ledge because I don't want him to drown. but he's not eating and he's brown again. any help?

  16. Bob, mate, no. They can't co-exist. The fire belly toads are actually frogs. The newts are much more likely to eat worms rather than pellets; those that eat the pellets are exceptions; they're the weirdos.

  17. I have 4 fire belly toads set up in a bow front tank, and it is completely water. I have several land areas created by rocks and also a castle structure that they climb up on. They spend most of their time in the water however, or sometimes half in water and half resting on rock. Is this okay? Can I have too much water in there? They aren't going to drown, not deep enough and too many land areas, but I just don't have a land area that is completely land. Like my tank isn't half water half land, it is completely water with several large rocks protruding the surface where they can sit on. I'm very curious.. I also have a water filter in there so I change the water monthly

  18. Anyone wanting to actually learn anything go watch a different video the newts go on land less as they get older as they start off nearly fully terrestrial (leaving out their larvae stage) and go nearly fully aquatic at adulthood only requiring a turtle dock or small piece of land.

  19. Can I have a fire belly toad in a tank with my lizards, I was hearing that they secrete toxins and I have a little pond area with a filter but I was told that it's not safe to house with other reptiles anoles etc

  20. Hey its Jungle Bob, they're my local go-to, right in my neighborhood B)
    I had a fire belly newt as a kid, theyre cool I wouldnt mind one around again
    I didn't know of the frogs, that's cool

  21. Ive had 7 Firebellies for 2 or 3 months now and had a few questions if anyone could answer them.

    1. So long as your washing your hands before and after, picking them up is fine im feeding them? The way their tank is right now the crickets just run and hide from them in the foliage and under the water bins until they die, I dont think the toads can get to them. So ive been taking them out and putting them in a bucket to fead them every 3 days, so they can see and eat. This wont cause too much stress, correct?

    2. Im a guitarist and I mostly play in my room, where the toads are. The amp is fairly loud but its faced away from the toads. Bottom line is, will the noise become a problem for them? They dont seem to mind, move around as usual (or just sit) when I play but from what I hear is that they use their lungs to hear noises. I definitely dont want them to, uhh, explode because I was rocking out too hard.

    3. Is it possible for the toads to like me or get used to being handled? I dont really mind but ive noticed that some of them have different behavior when I pick them up. A few of them squirm and try to jump when I pick them up to put them in the feeding bucket, and some of them like to stay on my hand, or even climp up it, even when i lay my hand on the ground still for a whole minute for them to jump off.

    4. I dont use a filter (yet atleast), and have 2 tubs full of water for their water supply. How often should I refill it? Im doing them at about every 2 weeks right now.

    5. Not sure if anyone has an answer to this, but after I touch them and get their oils/toxin on my hands, and after I touch something, is the toxin going to "remain" on it? Like for example, if i picked one up then touched a doorknob with the hand, and went back after a week and touched the same spot then my face, would I get the burning sensation or would it have dissolved by then.

    6. Lastly, and this is probably a wierd question to ask after having them for a few months, but how often am I really supposed t feed them? Ive been letting them eat for 15 minutes every 3 days, is that too little though? I couldnt really get a decisive answer online. Ontop of this how many crickets should they be eating per feeding? Right now its about 2-3 per frog, crickets are about the size of their heads.

  22. I understand that the poisonous nature of the newts has to do with their wildlife diet, but is there truly no danger with these pet newts?

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