Yellow Bellied Toad - Bombina variegata (Captive Bred CBP)-

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  • Defining Characteristics:

    • Great Beginner Frog
    • Grey-brown Coloration with a bright yellow coloring on the underbelly
    • Flighty
    • light hooting call
    • Small Size
    • Can be Housed in Groups


Name: Bombina variegata, commonly called the Yellow Bellied Toad. 


Certified Breeder Program: These frogs were procured via our Certified Breeder Program. This certification process will allow us to bring a wider variety of healthy, captive bred animals to you, our customers. We stand behind these animals just like any animals bred at our facility. Besides the fact we’ll be offering more animals, what do you need to know about Josh’s Frogs Certified Breeder Partnership? You need to know these animals are from people with the same approach to animal keeping and breeding that we do, are disease free, and most importantly captive bred! To learn more, please read our blog on the Josh's Frogs Certified Breeder Program.

Recommended Enclosure Size: Like other species in the Bombina genus Yellow bellied toads appreciate a semi-aquatic set up. This can be accomplished with Josh's Frogs' Pond wall substrate stop and a false bottom and various other earthy substrates. An alternative to this set up is a bit more simplistic with turtle pebbles piled higher than the water level on one side of the tank to provide a place for food and the toads to get out of the water. Something that has less height than width is better for this species as they will spend most of their time on the ground or in the water. Any of exo terra's Low (12" tall) tanks that have a base of at least 18"x18" should be sufficient.

Temperature: Yellow Bellied Toads are a temperate species from Europe and therefore experience a wide range of temperatures in the wild. In captivity however temperatures should be in the low to mid 70s. 

Humidity: Yellow Bellied Toads should be kept at about 50-70% humidity which should be easy to maintain with the amount of water these toads usually require in their environment. 

Size: When sold Yellow Bellied Toads will be at least 3/4" and eating 1/4" crickets. As adults these toads can range from 1-2" long.

Age: These toads are at least 8 weeks old at time of sale. They can live for over 20 years in captivity.


Feeding: When they first metamorphose Yellow bellied toads can eat 1/8" crickets but grow quickly and by the time they are for sale can eat 1/4" crickets which they will eat their entire lives. Other feeders can be substituted in such as small roaches, waxworms (occasionally), and Black soldier fly larvae.

Sexing: Female Yellow Bellied Toads are typically larger and more rotund than males and when environmental conditions are met, males will vocalize. Due to their age, Yellow Bellied Toads sold by Josh's Frogs are sold as unsexed animals.

Color/Pattern: Yellow Bellied Toads are a bumpy texture along their backs and a grey-brown color. Their underbelly is typically more than 50% bright yellow with grey-brown mottling. 

Social Behavior: Yellow Bellied toads do well in groups but may get a little aggressive during feeding time because of this they should always be of similar size as most frogs will cannibalize if the opportunity arises. In the wild hibernation begins in early fall and lasts until mid spring depending on elevation. 

Breeding: Breeding occurs soon after hibernation ends and can extend into summer. Males will amplex females after emitting advertisement calls. Amplexus is pelvic. Females lay on average 70 eggs attached to vegetation in the water. Tadpoles develop quickly over the course of 3-4 weeks.

Natural Range: Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Macedonia, the Former Yugoslav Republic of, Moldova, Republic of, Montenegro, Netherlands, Poland, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Switzerland, Ukraine

History in the Hobby: This species is often kept in Europe, but is uncommon/rare in private collections over the rest of the world. 

Links of Interest:
Bombina variegata Amphibiaweb

Bombina variegata Wikipedia

Still not sure if the Yellow Bellied Toad from Josh's Frogs is the right pet for you? Read the reviews below and see what other customers are saying!

Shipping for any number of frogs is just $39.99. Frogs are shipped via FedEx Priority Overnight and are delivered by 12:00 pm to most locations, Tuesday through Friday. Josh's Frogs does not ship frogs internationally. Scheduling of frog order is dependant on your availability and weather.


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We can ship directly to your address, as long as your local overnight low temperature is above 39F the night of shipping, and your high temperature is below 91F at noon on the day of arrival. If your overnight lows are below 40F but above 29F, Josh's Frogs can ship to your closest FedEx Staff Location that accepts Hold for Pickup packages. If your high temperature is over 90F at the guarantee 'delivered by' time (typically 12pm), Josh's Frogs can ship to your closest FedEx Staff Location that accepts Hold for Pickup packages. If your overnight low is below 30F, Josh's Frogs retains the right to hold frog shipping until temperatures increase due to safety concerns. We will hold the frogs at our facility for any length of time necessary to ensure that the frogs you order are received in the best of health. This policy is designed with the best interests and health of our animals at heart!


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Shipping for any number of frogs is a flat rate $39.99. This includes postage, a box with 1" styrofoam insulation, gel packs, heat/ice packs and/or phase 22 panels if necessary. Josh's Frogs has been shipping frogs since 2004 and has shipped thousands of animals safely. We have a special contract with UPS to ship live animals directly to residential addresses and guarantee live arrival as long as our Live Arrival Conditions are met.

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< p>All frog shipments are sent via FedEx Priority Overnight. Josh's Frogs guarantees that all frogs will arrive alive and in good health, provided that temperatures on day of arrival do not exceed 85 degrees before the frogs are delivered to home or business address, or nearest FedEx location. Temperatures during transit do not drop below 40 degrees for delivery to home or business address. Temperatures during transit do not drop below 30 degrees for pickup at the nearest FedEx location. Someone is there to accept the package on first delivery attempt, or package is picked up by noon the day of arrival if package is held at a FedEx location for pickup. Failure to meet these guidelines will void Josh's Frogs Live Arrival and Health Guarantee.

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