A small toad that is brownish with two yellowish stripes on its back. These stripes may diverge or converge, resulting in a pattern resembling a lyre or an hourglass. What makes this toad unique among other similar species is its ability to dig into the ground using its spade-like hind feet. This allows it to burrow into the soil and remain dormant for long periods. It can stay underground for up to 9 months! Imagine being able to sleep for that long!
Although common and not protected in some regions, this species is a conservation concern in some northern portions of its range. It is vulnerable to habitat loss, particularly wetland destruction. Wetlands are important habitats for many species of plants and animals, including the Eastern spadefoot. They provide food, shelter, and breeding grounds for many species. Unfortunately, wetlands are often drained or filled in for development purposes.
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Terrestrial / Aquatic
Altricial / Precocial
Polygamous / Monogamous
Dimorphic (size) / Monomorphic
Active: Diurnal / Nocturnal
Social behavior: Solitary / Pack / Herd
Diet: Carnivore / Herbivore / Omnivore / Piscivorous / Insectivore
Migratory: Yes / No
Domesticated: Yes / No
Dangerous: Yes / No