New Mexico Spadefoot Toad
Animal Class: Amphibians
Length: 1.5-2.5 inches
Lifespan: Wild lifespan is unknown. In human care, they can live 4-9 years, possibly longer.
Diet: Mostly small insects like ants and spiders.
Habitat: Areas where there is a breeding pool available in the southwest United States and northern Mexico.
Description: Spadefoot toads have a distinct, bright call that sounds like a high-pitched trill.
Like many other amphibians, the spadefoot toad breeding cycle is based around the dry and rainy seasons. Their breeding season is less than 2 days and eggs will hatch within 48 hours of being laid.
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Photo Credit: William L. Farr, CC BY-SA 4.0 <https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0>, via Wikimedia Commons