In river bed of Galisteo River. Only about 3/4 inch (18 mm) long.
Nombre local: calate
Slightly smaller and with less distinct orange spots than the individual observed on the same property the previous night. Single wedge-shaped spade on rear foot. Mostly smooth skin. Paratoid glands absent. Vertical pupils. Prominent bump between eyes. Photos by PP. Entry by CP.
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.