Scaphiopus holbrookii, 14 June 2017

Scaphiopus holbrookii, the Eastern spadefoot;
Volusia county, Florida (14 June 2017).

Despite being a fairly common species, the Eastern spadefoot is uncommonly observed. It spends much of its time hidden from surface view, buried a bit under loose soil and/or surface detritus. After a solid rain, however, they’ll often pop up out of the ground to conduct the business of surface life. During the latter half of the late 2010s, I was fortunate to live in a neighborhood with a robust population of spadefoot toads. I saw them frequently at night — shortly after a strong thunderstorm had passed.

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