One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A warty European aquatic toad, the underside of which is vividly marked in red, orange, yellow, black, and white.
Genus Bombina, family Discoglossidae: in particular B. bombina
- ‘In large, permanent bodies of water in the lowlands of eastern Europe, for example, lives Bombina bombina, the European fire-bellied toad, so called because of the red splotches on its belly.’
- ‘The Fire Bellied Toad is one of the most widely kept species of toad.’
- ‘Fire-bellied toads make attractive, undemanding, lively, long-lived pets but they are a species that should be kept only with other fire-bellies.’
- ‘Despite the remarkably vivid coloring of its underbelly, the fire-bellied toad merges perfectly with its surroundings’
- ‘Fire-bellied toads are enjoyable for both novice and expert amphibian hobbyists to keep.’
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