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Start by Learning How to Identify Local Amphibians


-BC Red Listed Species-

Found only in the South Okanagan-Similkameen
-Length: <13"
-Distinct large yellow-greenish blotches on dark back ground
-Wide round head
-Small eyes
-Up to 120 eggs laid either singly or in small clumps attached to stones or vegetation.

LONG-TOED SALAMANDER (Ambystoma macrodactylum)

-BC Yellow Listed Species- 
Found throughout most of BC
-Length: <6"
-Mustard coloured markings that can be either a distinct strip or mottled in appearance.
-Very long second toes on the hind feet
- Up to 400 eggs laid individually or in clumps of up to 30 eggs.

GREAT BASIN SPADEFOOT (Spea intermontanus)
-BC Blue Listed Species-
-Length: <3"
-Egg mass: <80 eggs
-Call: Loud snore
      -Great Basin Spadefoot call
-Squat body 
-Blunt head
-Cat eyes
-Dark spade on hind feet

WESTERN TOAD (Anaxyrus boreas)

-BC Blue Listed Species- 
-Length: <5"
-Egg mass: 1000's in strings 
-Call: rarely heard 
      -Western Toad call
-Light dorsal strip 

COLUMBIA SPOTTED FROG (Rana luteiventris)

-BC Yellow Listed Species- 
-Length: <3.5" 
-Egg mass: 1000's of eggs 
-Call: series of taps, similar to a wood pecker
         -Columbia Spotted Frog call
- Golden lips 
- Dark irregular spots with light centers 
- Belly can be pale to pinkish
-Commonly found in cooler water at higher elevations. 
-Sometimes mistaken for the invasive American Bullfrog

-BC Yellow Listed Species- 
-Length: <2" 
-Egg mass: < 30 eggs 
-Call: very loud 'rib-it ....rib-it' 
      -Pacific Chorus Frog call
-Will vary in colour from bright green to brown and grey
- Masked!

Also Watch Out for This Invasive Species

AMERICAN BULLFROG (Lithobates catesbeiana)

-BC Exotic Listed Species-
-Length: <8" 
-Egg mass: 1000's of eggs 
-Call: loud, low 'drone' 
      -American Bullfrog call
-Very large ear membrane 
-Bright green upper lip
-Pale belly
-Males have a yellow chin 


1. Go to your favorite wetland between 9PM and 12AM (this is the best time to listen for calling frogs and toads).

2.Using the DATA SHEET , record pond name, inventory method, observer, location (UTM is best description of location), air temperature, humidity, wind, precipitation, cloud coverage and moon.

3. Sit quietly for a minute - Become one with your surroundings.

4. Listen (for at least 5 minutes).

5. Record end time

6.Let us know what you heard/didn't hear by either mailing or emailing the datasheet to us at

For more detailed descriptions of our local amphibians, visit Frogwatch BC.

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