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.

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