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Plains Spadefoot (ringtone)
Stanley Trauth

© Lang Elliot (audio)
Plains Spadefoot, Spea bombifrons
A shy, nocturnal species, the spadefoot estivates (hibernates during warm, dry times) and typically only comes out during the spring and fall rains to mate.

Because they lay their eggs in puddles and pools that often dry up, the eggs of the Plains Spadefoot hatch within 48 hours and the tadpoles that hatch metamorphose quickly into adults. Their name comes from the single sharp-edged spade on the inside of each hind foot that pushes aside soil as the Spadefoot backs into the ground. Learn more about this species
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