A Guide to the Amphibians
and Reptiles of California

Identifying California Spadefoots


California Frogs and Toads:

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Once you have determined that the California frog you want to identify is a spadefoot, you should be able to identify it easily by using the range maps, since no two species occur together or near each other in the state.

Click on the links below for more pictures and information about the three species of California Spadefoots.

eye spade no glands
Vertical Pupils Black Spade on the Bottoms of the Hind Feet No enlarged parotoid glands behind the eyes.

spadefoot spadefoot map

(female) Range - in Red
Couch's Spadefoot
Scaphiopus couchii

spadefoot spadefoot map
Western Spadefoot
Spea hammondii

Historical Range - in Red
spadefoot spadefoot map
Great Basin Spadefoot
Spea intermontana

Range - in Red

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