Great Basin Spadefoot Toad
What do they look like? How do they behave? What do you need to know about the Great Basin spadefoot toad?
What does it look like?
The Great Basin spadefoot toad is a small creature. Their backs are dull colors, ranging form dark green to yellow. They are spotted with dark green hues. Their undersides are white, with the areas under their chins slightly darker than the rest of their bellies. An interesting feature on these animals is the undersides of their legs. They are white like the rest of their bodies, but they're outlined in deep red. They have large eyes with golden irises. These animals generally have two thick stripes across their backs. These stripes are typically gray in color. Fully grown Great Basin spadefoots are only about two-inches long.
How does it behave?
These animals breed in late spring to early summer. They typically breed along a body of water. They like clear, clean water on which to lay their eggs. These toads are not incredibly methodical when it comes to laying eggs. They simply deposit the eggs wherever they might be at the moment. But you might see hundreds of Great Basin spadefoots laying eggs at the same time.
What do you need to know about it?
These toads like other spadefoots like to burrow and live underground. They look for a soft gravel area where they can use their spade-like feet to bury themselves. It takes a substantial rainfall to cause these animals to rise to the surface.
Great Basin spadefoot tadpoles are generally copper colored and can take as long as two months to transpose themselves into mature adult toads.