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Sonoran Desert Reptiles
Scaphiopus couchii (Couch's spadefoot)



 Couch's spadefoot

Diet: almost anything that moves
Size: 3½" max. (9 cm)

Identification: 2 1/4 - 3 3/5 in. (5.7-9.1cm). A large greenish, greenish yellow, or brownish yellow spade foot with an irregular network, blotches, or flecks of black, brown, or dark green. Whitish below. Eyes widely separated - width of eyelids about the same a or less than the distance between them. No boss or fontanelle between eyes, and no pug-dog profile. Spade on hind foot black, sickleshaped. Male: Often more greenish than female. Dark dorsal markings usually subdued or absent. Throat pale.


Excerpts from A FIELD GUIDE TO WESTERN REPTILES AND AMPHIBIANS, 3/e by Robert C. Stebbins. Copyright (c) 2003 by Robert C. Stebbins. Reproduced by permission of Houghton Mifflin Company. All rights reserved.

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