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Animal Action: Bombina Frog (18/03/2010)



Frogs are extremely susceptible to human activities, regularly making it on to the endangered list.
But a Korean naturalist has captured these amazing images of one species, living in North East Asia
that is bucking the trend. It's Bombina orientalis, also known as the fire bellied toad.

But it's not a toad at all - Bombina is actually a frog. They have a distinct green and black
pattern... and a fiery red underbelly. Known for its reckless attitude to hunting, Bombina will try
to eat anything that moves. Not always a wise decision.

When it finds itself on the menu, this headstrong frog has a couple of nifty survival tactics. To
repel this Korean Tiger Keelback snake, Bombina flashes its red belly. And also gushes out a poison
called bradykinin... If the snake ignores the warnings, there'll be a fire in its own belly.

In the mating season, there is keen competition amongst the males. Once mated the females lay a
small number of eggs, and these little ones will grow up to be brave frogs.

Bombina have lived harmoniously with people throughout north east Asia and hopefully if there is no
abrupt destruction of their habitat, they can continue to share the environment with us.