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I have two fire belly toads. one of them is very active and eats all the time, t...

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Question: 
I have two fire belly toads. one of them is very active and eats all the time, the other isn't as active and doesn't eat every time i feed them. I was just curious if there was something wrong with it, or if that's just it's personality. It doesn't show any signs of being sick, clear eyes etc.
Answer: 

Firebelly toads make great pets. Remember though, that firebelly toads can excrete a mild toxin from their skin, and generally would rather not be handled. If handling is necessary, it is important to wash your hands before and after handling due to the natural skin toxins of the firebelly toad.

Adult firebelly toads should be fed 3-4 times per week. Juveniles should be fed daily. If your toad is eating every day or two, that is probably normal for an adult toad. If it is eating less often than that, it may be due to improper environmental conditions, or perhaps it has ingested some of the substrate on the bottom of the habitat.

These toads do well on a diet consisting of a variety of vitamin/calcium dusted insects such as small crickets, waxworms, and small worms such as red wigglers.
The ideal temperature for these toads should range between 72 and 78 degrees Fahrenheit. The humidity should be kept at or near 80 percent. If the temperature or humidity is not in the normal range, that could affect their appetite.

These toads are also nocturnal, and may eat better at night.
Firebelly toads often sleep during the day and are most active at night.
Offer an amount of food that can be consumed during the nighttime feeding.
You may need to separate them when feeding to be sure the one isn't eating all of the food, leaving nothing for the other, who may be a slow feeder.

If you see your fire belly toad going for more than a week without eating, you might get it checked by your veterinarian to be sure that it is not impacted with gravel or substrate.