As all toads the Oriental fire-bellied toad uses the orange-red colouring of its belly to warn predators. In danger it releases a milky venom out of hundreds of glands. One milligram of it injected into a mouse, kills it within 15 minutes.
But the toxin is of high interest for humans. It potentially prohibits the spread of human blood cancer cells. As it also acts deadly on bacteria it may be an alternative to antibiotics.
Size: Head-body up to 7cm
Age: 20 years
Sexually mature: with 1-2 years
food: Insects, worms, snails
habitat: standing, rarely flowing water
Danger: not endangered
distribution: East Asia-China, North and South Korea Russia