Spotting this Spadefoot toad while looking for snakes in a dry sandy/rocky ephemeral pond surrounded by shrubby desert.
Spotted on the side of a road jumping away
Six species calling at this flooded pasture edge:
Couch's spadefoot toad (Scaphiopus couchii) is a species of North American spadefoot toad. The specific epithet couchii is in honor of American naturalist Darius Nash Couch, who collected the first specimen while on a personal expedition to northern Mexico to collect plant, mineral, and animal specimens for the Smithsonian Institution.