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Western Spadefoot Toad (Spea hammondii) - Wiki
Subject: Western Spadefoot Toad (Spea hammondii) - Wiki
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Resolution: 1028x857 File Size: 664370 Bytes Date: 2004:10:19 10:01:56 Camera: FinePix S3000 (FUJIFILM) F number: f/4.8 Exposure: 10/2200 sec Focal Length: 600/100 Upload Date: 2007:11:12 10:10:24

Western Spadefoot Toad (Spea hammondii) - Wiki

Spea hammondii
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[Photo] Western Spadefoot Toad (Spea hammondii) - Lakeview Mountains, California, elevation 1800 ft., 19 Oct 2004. Found alive and healthy in a swimming pool. Photo taken with Fujifilm FinePix S3000. Photographer: David Scriven (

Order: Anura
Family: Scaphiopodidae

The Western spadefoot toad (Spea hammondii) is a relatively smooth-skinned species of toad. Its eyes are pale gold with vertical pupils. It has a green or grey dorsum often with skin tubercles tipped in orange, and it is a whitish color on the venter. It has a wedge-shaped black spade on each hind foot. Adult toads are between 3.8 and 7.5 cm long.

Juveniles western spadefoot toads look similar to adults, but have more distinct spotting.

Populations of Spea hammondii are localized, but widespread. It prefers grassland, scrub and chaparral locally but could occur in oak woodlands. It is nocturnal, and activity is limited to the wet season, summer storms, or during evenings with elevated substrate moisture levels. It is easily handled, with less skin secretions than other toad species in its area. Their secretions smell like peanut butter and may cause sneezing.
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