Attracted to a blacklight sheet at night.
Couch's is the most likely species at this location (a loud chorus of sheep-like mating calls emanate from the wash at the beginning of every monsoon), but I'm not sure if ID can be confirmed at this age and with dorsal markings obscured by dirt.
In river bed of Galisteo River. Only about 3/4 inch (18 mm) long.
Very tiny. Lots of them appeared after a monsoon. Poisonous to dogs. Located at Dreamy Draw Park.
Nombre local: calate
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.