An account of successful captive reproduction of Bombina bombina, the European fire-bellied toad

  • Published source details Wilkinson J.W. (1994) An account of successful captive reproduction of Bombina bombina, the European fire-bellied toad. British Herpetological Society Bulletin, 35, 12-16.


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Captive breeding toads

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Amphibian Conservation
  1. Captive breeding toads

    A study in 1993 of a captive European fire-bellied toad Bombina bombina in England, UK (Wilkinson 1994) found that 94 tadpoles hatched from eggs produced by the one captive female. A total of 52 toadlets survived at least one month after metamorphosis. Deaths were largely due to cannibalism. Two male and one female toad were obtained from the wild in 1993. They were housed in a 60 x 30 cm tank with aquatic plants and shelters. The water depth was increased from 8 to 25 cm for breeding. Adults were removed following hatching.


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