|Universe||The Legend of Zelda|
Juvenile: Feuer-Bombenlurch (German), Toadpoli Di Fuoco (Italian)
|Environment||Magma-fileld caverns around Death Mountain; Goron Mines|
|Locomotion||Swimming, bobbing, hopping|
|Related Species||Electro Spume, Magma Spume, Mizupo|
|Superorder||Batrachia (Frogs, salamanders, and allocaudates)|
|Family||Brevicepsimimus (Rain Frog Mimics) (Somarinoa, 2019)|
|Genus||Uppo (Spumes) (Somarinoa, 2019)|
|Species||faiatadoporu (Somarinoa, 2019)|
|Status||Extinct (presumed — have not been recorded for millennia)|
Fire Toads (conjectural name) are a species of spume found in certain hot caverns across the kingdom of Hyrule as well as in the Goron Mines of the Death Mountain range. They are very closely related to and likely descended from Deku Toads; in fact this is where the name comes from, through the assumption that they reach adulthood eventually, like their compatriots. Like other amphibians they go through a metamorphosis, slowly growing from egg to tadpole-like Toado, to the juvenile Fire Toadpolis, and presumably finally into fully mature Fire Toads over the course of a thousand years. This seems to be a regular maturation rate for monstrous creatures throughout Hyrule, as Moldarachs evolve at the same pace and Dodongos may as well.
The term Deku Toad and its alternate name, Deku Frog, are misnomers -- these creatures are not directly related to frogs and toads and instead appear to be more closely related for Salamanders given their elongated body, likely number of vertebrae, and their longer, usable tail that all seem to be defining traits of Spumes.
Most of this life cycle is presumed due to the more common related species, the Deku Toad. In actuality, the only part of the life cycle of the Fire Toad ever seen in-game is the Fire Toadpoli.
Like with all organisms, Fire Toads start their lives as an egg. Presumably these eggs must be fertilized by a second Fire Toad, although it's entirely possible that the species instead goes through parthenogenesis; there is no evidence for this either way.
Fire Toads likely keep their eggs on their back in a similar manner to the far smaller and unrelated Suriname Toad, as this is what their recent ancestors do. If this is indeed the case, then until they are ready to be hatched they are kept underneath a layer of skin but the exact procedure to get this accomplished is unknown; it may or may not be a similar technique to that used by the Suriname Toad. However it happens, the eggs sink into her skin into pockets and remain here for an undisclosed amount of time. Eventually these eggs mature and are ready to hatch but the mother apparently keeps them in stasis until needed. At this point she will use muscles in her back to force the eggs to the surface and shake them loose.
Upon hitting the tension of a magma surface, these eggs are thought to finally burst open and release the larval Fire Toadoes.
The eggs are notoriously built to burst open on impact to allow the Toadoes developing or in stasis inside to immediately begin hunting on their own. This has been used by adventurers to actually stop the egg-imprisoned Fire Toadoes before they ever can become a threat, simply by firing off bomb arrows to burst the eggs prematurely, killing the Toado inside.
Toadoes are the hatchling stage of a Fire Toad's life. After being shaken from their mother's backside, they will immediately hatch upon landing in magma. It is unknown if the act of hitting the magma at such velocity causes the eggs to burst, or dissolve, or whether the Toado inside initiates the hatching, but they are immediately capable of swimming on their own at this point. Unlike many species, including amphibians, Fire Toadoes do not hatch with any yolk still attached and as such are immediately ravenous and seek out a meal. They are not known to cannibalize their own kind.
Fire Toadoes are not above attempting to eat adventurers, but their strategy of strength in numbers serves as a weakness for them in this regard, as a spin attack can take out several at a time.
At this stage of their life they are still limbless, instead using a long, finned tail to move them around. Despite their rotund body shape, they do not appear to be clumsy but rather quite nimble and accurate. Fire Toadoes are assumed to be perfectly at home in just enough magma to let them swim about, but might appear to live near larger bodies of lava and likely enter these soon after birth.
At some point during their lives they will grow back legs and metamorphose into a Fire Toadpoli.
By the time a Fire Toad reaches the Toadpoli stage, their hind legs have fully grown out. They have also grown a minor level of armor and their feather antennae-like fleshy growths have already grown out. Known locations of these juvenile Deku Toads are in Zora's River and the connected Lake Hylia in Hyrule, and the Goron Mines in Death Mountain, where their sister species, the Fire Toad, is also found.
Toadpoli have become more strategic in their attacking potential prey items, and now operate in a manner similar to Archerfish by spitting projectiles (in their case, molten rocks) at land-based prey to stun them and cause them to drop into the Toadpoli's home. This process is a defining trait among them and their Spume relatives. This process makes them similar to aquatic River Octoroks, and like Octoroks their projectiles can luckily be deflected with a shield; however an adventurer must take care not to use wooden shields such as the Ordon or Wooden Shields as they will get burnt to an unusable crisp and instead ought to use a metal Hylian Shield or return the volley through the use of a perfectly timed sword swing. Fire Toadpolis are not foolhardy, and will dive below the surface should an opponent get too close to them.
Another presumed stage of the Fire Toad's life cycle, the mature Fire Toads are thought to be dutiful mothers and, similar to Surinam Toads, would presumably carry their maturing eggs on their back.
These adults and likely all forms before it have a major vein network in their tongues, as it is known that cutting one's tongue off will actually kill it, presumably through exsanguination. Fire Toad adults probably will swallow ornate objects such as treasure chests just like their Deku Toad ancestors, possibly in a manner similar to Tiger Sharks.