Monday, April 18, 2011
Eastern Spadefoot "Toad"
Made a video at a friend's farm during that storm on Saturday night. The video looks like an amphibian version of a Beckett play: a small being, floating in a black sea of exisential angst and inertia!
The Eastern Spadefoot (Scaphiopus holbrookii) spends almost all of its life deep underground, coming out only to breed or eat. It remains in a type of hibernation almost all its life in a spiral-shaped burrow, preferring sandy soils.
They only come out once or twice a year, so this spadefoot free-for-all was a privilege to witness.