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    Smile Is My Fire Belly Toad Female and is He/she Pregnant?

    Ok, about a month ago i bought two Fire Belly Toads, thinking they were both male. Their names are Kermit and Hercules. Kermit looks a little smaller than Hercules, but he also seems rounder than Hercules. In fact, Kermit has been shedding, but Hercules hasn't. Is it because Kermit is growing, growing from pregnancy, or is it that Hercules is older than Kermit? About two weeks ago I saw Hercules on top of Kermit, and I'm sure it wasn't a "Toad pile" because Hercules was embracing Kermit, and Kermit was not trying to get away, and he wasn't swimming around. Hercules (on top) wasn't barking or anything, but it sounded like Kermit was making a chirping sound... I think it might have been the un-mounting call? Now for about a week, maybe a week an a half, Kermit and Hercules have always hung around in a specific corner of their tank (in the water). Kermit it always first in the corner, and Hercules is right behind him, as if he is "guarding" Kermit. Hercules always has his hands on Kermit's back when they are in the corner. Kermit doesn't seem to care. Since i saw them possibly mating, I have't seen them do it again. If Kermit does end up laying 200 eggs, what do I do with all of them? I don't want to spend a bunch of time trying to sell them. I MIGHT possibly want to keep one or two of them. I'm afraid that if I take the eggs to a lake they'll get eaten or something. Does anyone know what's going on? Thanks for your help!






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    Re: Is My Fire Belly Toad Female and is He/she Pregnant?

    If they do lay eggs, you can freeze the eggs and then flush them.
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    Re: Is My Fire Belly Toad Female and is He/she Pregnant?

    Thanks for replying. How long does it take to freeze the eggs?

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    Freeze them over night. What ever you do do not let the eggs go into the wild. Firebelly toads are toxic and could kill a lot of animals that eat them. A friend of mine tried to breed them and did not get any eggs, if condtions are not ideal they will not lay eggs. Animals grow at different rates, like us humans do. Sometimes when we keep 2 or more of the same animals together one eats more then the other and then grows more.
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    Thanks for the info!!! Hercules was bigger than Kermit when I bought him. I was wondering if anyone could tell me if they knew whether or not Kermit was female? Thanks you guys.

    PLEASE reply!!! I really need to know if Kermit might be a girl........ You don't have to know for sure, I just want to hear every one's thoughts about it. Do you think Kermit is male or female???? : D

    Does anybody have an idea? I have also noticed that Kermit's back is a brighter green than Hercules's back. Hercules's stomach is also more of an orange color, where as Kermit's is more of a red color. I haven't noticed the nuptial pads come in on either of them, but i'll keep watching...

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    From what I just googled the fact that Kermit made a noise when Hercules was on his back they are probley both males. Only males vocalize. I read that if a male accidently hops on another male it will chirp.
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    Re: Is My Fire Belly Toad Female and is He/she Pregnant?

    Wyldrose, at first I agreed with you too. I started to do research is females can chirp. OH! When I said chirp, i didn't mean like the barking that the males do... It sounded A LOT different... I don't really know how to describe it. It was quieter than a bark. Searching on google, I found that females chirp if they are mounted and they are not ready to mate... The internet is complicated! Hahaha!

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    Re: Is My Fire Belly Toad Female and is He/she Pregnant?

    I was actually thinking about trying an experiment to figure out what gender my Fire Belly Toads are. Here is a procedure i found online:
    You put one or MAYBE two ice cubes in the water (with the heat lamp still on) and this is supposed to tell them that it is the cool down period of the season (winter). When the ice melts, the water will go back to the normal temperature. This is when they breed.
    I have a few questions about this: is it dangerous to the toads? Will the heat lamp keep the cage warm enough with one ice cube in it? (Higher than 40F)? Do I have to put ice cubes in there for six weeks until they know it's "breeding season"? Or do I just put them in there and after they melt and the water cools they will mate?
    I want to see which one jumps on the other, so I know which is definitely a male. What are your thoughts?

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    Re: Is My Fire Belly Toad Female and is He/she Pregnant?

    IF ANYBODY IS READING THIS, PLEASE TRY TO ANSWER MY QUESTION!!! I'm desperate!!!

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    Re: Is My Fire Belly Toad Female and is He/she Pregnant?

    I'm sure that someone with experience will be by to help you with your questions. Be patient, we all could just guess, but that isn't going to help you out any, did you read the caresheet;

    This is from the caresheet;

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    Distinguishing the sex of your fire-bellied toads is going to be a bit more difficult than sexing other species. Male fire-bellies typically have thicker forearms than their female counterpart. They also have rougher backs than the females.
    During breeding season males will have black horny nuptial pads on their fingers and forearms. (Used for holding onto the female.) This is also a great time to watch the behavior of your toads. The males will be seen jumping onto the back of the female and holding on with his forelimbs. If the other frog doesn't quickly try to escape, there is a good chance it is a female. Males will immediately call out and try to throw the offender from their back.
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