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Eastern Spadefoot Toad

The eastern spadefoot toad is a large fossorial species meaning it lives under the ground most of the time. The toad is nocturnal and believed to have a smell like peanut butter.



    Kingdom Animalia
    Phylum Chordata
    Class Amphibia
    Order Anura
    Family Scaphiopodidae
    Genus Scaphiopus
    Scientific Name Scaphiopus holbrookii


    Size 1.7-3.1 in (4.3-7.8 cm)
    Color Brown body with dual stripes in yellow, pupils are also yellow, hind feet have dark spade used for digging
    Distribution Throughout the southeastern United States
    Habitat Although they prefer to stay in dry areas, but due to their adjustment capability, they are found almost everywhere
    Diet Adult toads: Snails, worms, and spiders

    Tadpoles: Planktons

    Hibernation Fact From April or May to October
    Predators Fish, snakes, and birds
    Breeding Season Rainy seasons
    Mode of Reproduction Oviparous
    Clutch Size 2,500 eggs
    Incubation Period From 12 hours to 14 days
    Metamorphosis Period Around 28 days
    Reproductive Age 1-2 years
    Average Lifespan Approximately 5 years in the wild and 12 years in captivity
    IUCN Conservation Status Least Concern

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    Published on March 28th 2019 by under Toads. Article was last reviewed on 1st April 2019.

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