THE MAN WHO “MADE” BLUE FIRE-BELLIED TOADS

Today (1/22 2019) was a special day for me, I had meeting, second after 10 years, with Mr. Miroslav Koukal (*1931) from Kralupy nad Vltavou (CZ), the frog breeder who “made” Blue Fire-bellied toads variation.

He bought his first South Korean FBTs (Bombina orientalis) about 1990 and few years later he bred his first Blue offsprings. This Blue coloration looks like Axanthic variation - dorsal side of skin is without pigment cells called Xanthophores. Thanks alot my friend and frog breeder Vilém Křečan for this amazing session!

Miroslav Koukal & me

Miroslav Koukal & me

The existence of axanthic Blue Fire-bellied toads, I was noticed at the end of 2007, when they were mentioned by breeders in the czech terraristik discussion site called Ifauna.

The existence of axanthic blue-bellied toads, I was noticed at the end of 2007, when they were mentioned by breeders in the czech terraristik site called Ifauna discussion.

screen shots from archive discussions

The existence of axanthic blue-bellied toads, I was noticed at the end of 2007, when they were mentioned by breeders in the czech terraristik site called Ifauna discussion.

It was spring 2008 when I saw offer of Blue FBTs on czech classifieds ad and bought group of colour FBTs from this amazing person. It was start of my hobby and passion...

archive photo (1995?)

Archive pics, Miroslav Koukal (1995?)

Blue toads breeders - Vilém Křečan and Miroslav Koukal

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