As a basis for the reintroductions of the fire-bellied toad, we will genetically analyse all
populations in Lower Saxony. We will take buccal swab samples from the mouth of the amphibians and analyse them in a specialised laboratory. By doing this, we will ensure that only the
genetically fittest and most appropriate animals will be used.
We cannot exclude the possibility that fire-bellied toads from
other areas have been released in Lower Saxony populations. These would not be suitable for reintroductions.
Photo (left): taking a buccal swab sample from a toad
Photo (right) Catching fire-bellied toads for genetic
sampling (Florian Bibelriether)