Young of the year western spadefoot was observed ~100m uphill from a man-made standing water source.
Found one adult under wood debris, adjacent to a cattle pond at 13:05. Observed 50+ tadpoles in cattle pond. Heard multiple calls beginning at twilight, lasting throughout the PM.
Tadpoles (dozens) in murky pool dominated by Cotula coronopifolia at 13:31. Pool located in dirt road, fresh ruts from vehicle activity. No photo.
disturbed coastal sage scrub/non-native grassland
Female observed alive on paved road at 19:59. SVL = 6.1cm. No photo.
Adult male observed dead on paved road at 19:49. SVL = 6.0cm. No photo.
Male observed alive on road at 19:39. SVL = 4.8cm. No photo.
Adult male observed dead on paved road at 19:39. SVL = 6.1cm. No photo.
Adult male observed alive on road at 19:32. SVL = 6.0cm. No photo.
Spea is a genus of North American amphibian commonly referred to as the western spadefoot toads. They differ greatly from true toads (those of the family Bufonidae) by having eyes with vertical pupils, no parotoid glands, and relatively smooth skin. Their most distinctive feature is a spade-like projection on their hind feet, from which their common name is derived. This projection enables spadefoot toads to dig in loose soils with ease.