Central Plains Spadefoot Toad
What do they look like? How do they behave? What do you need to know about the Central Plains spadefoot toad?
What does it look like?
These toads are broad and small. Their backsides are gray and can range from dark gray to lighter hues, while their undersides are white (with the exception of the male's throat, which is typically gray as well). Their pupils are rather vertically shaped and thin. Central plains spadefoot toads also have two series of stripes lining their backs that are darker than the remainder of their bodies.
How does it behave?
The central plains spadefoot toad likes to burrow as many as several feet under ground. They choose soft ground or a gravel area in which to live. They dig their own habitat with their spade-like feet. They push the dirt aside with their spades and with a slow rocking movement sink beneath the ground's surface. It is amazing how these animals dig their own homes. And they leave no traces to prospective predators that they might be buried in a particular spot. The surface dirt looks just as it did before the toad buried itself.
These animals eat both meat and vegetation. They'll eat other tadpoles and insects, and enjoy munching on certain plants.
What do you need to know about it?
The central plains spadefoot toad breed during the summer months. They wait for a stretch of rainy days so they may lay their eggs on moist vegetation. A female central plains spadefoot can lay anywhere from 10 to 250 eggs during one season. The eggs are hatched in one to two days. The tadpoles transform themselves into adult toads after a month-and-a-half of life.