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Checklist of Amphibian Species and Identification Guide

Eastern Spadefoot, Scaphiopus holbrookii
Hurter's Spadefoot, Scaphiopus hurterii

Eastern Spadefoot Toad Eastern Spadefoot Toad

Eastern Spadefoot
The Eastern Spadefoot is the only spadefoot that is found east of the Mississippi River. This species lacks a boss between the eyes like the Plains Spadefoot and the Hurter's Spadefoot. The color is variable from shades of brown, gray, to almost black. They usually have a light yellow line that forms a crude hourglass shape on their back as seen here.
Hurter's Spadefoot Toad
The Hurter's Spadefoot (to the right) usually has the same stripes as those found on the Eastern Spadefoot. The ground coloration is usually a shade of green to black. The Hurter's Spadefoot displays a boss between the eyes, but is not always prominent.This species was earlier regarded as a subspecies of the Eastern Spadefoot, Scaphiopus holbrookii hurterii, but researchers have found enough differences between the two to warrant separate species status for the Hurter Spadefoot.

Eastern and Hurter's Spadefoot Range

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