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No, that's not your spouse snoring last night. That's a male spadefoot trying to impress the ladies!
|Spadefoots are a light grey-green colour with darker blotches|
along the back. Their round, squat bodies are 2-3 inches long
and their eyes have a distinctive 'cats-eye'' vertical pupil,
The odd snoring call that you heard at the beginning of this article is the mating call of the male spadefoot. The males gather along the sides of small ponds to call for females and on a clear night, these calls can be heard over 200 metres (650 feet) away. Spadefoots breed in early spring when the snow melt and spring rains have created temporary pools in which mating and egg-laying can occur. These pools quickly dry up once the weather beings to warm, so spadefoot tadpoles have one of the fastest development times of all frogs and toads; after an egg is laid, it takes only 60 days to grow into an adult.
In addition to their digging abilities and speedy development, spadefoots are also unique in their extreme hibernation. Winter and most of the fall is spent spent in true hibernation underground and the heat of the summer is spent in aestivation, a type of hibernation used by some animals to escape extreme heat. Up to 8 months of the year is spend in these dormant states and a spadefoots can live for up to ten years.
Due to habitat destruction and loss of breeding habitat, the Great Basin Spadefoot has been listed as a Threatened species in British Columbia.
|FrogLogs® allow trapped animals|
to escape swimming pools.
If you have spadefoots on your property and may be interested in becoming a Wildlife Habitat Steward, click here for more information.