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Great Basin Spadefoot - Spea intermontana

(Cope, 1883)




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Listen to this spadefoot:

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Spea intermontana

 



Occurs with or near these other Northwest frogs:

Rocky Mountain (Woodhouse's) Toad

American Bullfrog
Pacific Treefrog
Northern Leopard Frog



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Adult, Franklin County, Washington
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Adult, Franklin County, Washington Underside of adult,
Franklin County, Washington
Breeding male,
Grant County, Washington
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Male calling at night,
Grant County, Washington
Male calling at night,
Grant County, Washington
Male calling at night,
Grant County, Washington
  Great Basin Spadefoot  
  A small hardened black "spade" on each rear foot helps with digging and gives the "spadefoot" family of frogs its name.  
     
Eggs, Tadpoles, and Young
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Two mature eggs attached to a stick which was found submerged in shallow water. Mature tadpole Recently-transformed juvenile
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Habitat
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Habitat, breeding pond,
Grant County, Washington
Habitat, breeding pond close-up,
Grant County, Washington
Habitat, (agricultural canall breeding site) Franklin County, Washington
     
Short Videos
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Male spadefoots call at night from a shallow stagnant pool in central Washington.
(Long Version)
Male spadefoots call at night from a shallow stagnant pool in central Washington.
(Short Version)
As they sat around their campsite in the Nevada desert, a group of herpetology students suddenly saw this spadefoot dig itself out of the sand. Maybe the vibrations on the ground from the people moving about felt like a sudden heavy rain and stimulated it to emerge. This short movie shows the spadefoot digging back into the sandy soil and burying itself. © Julie Nelson
     
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