Save the Frogs Day is coming up in a few weeks and we wanted to start the celebration off with a week devoted to those fabulous amphibians. We’ll be featuring three frogs, a frog craft and a very cool interview with a frog conservation scientist! Today’s adventure takes us to the deserts of the Southwestern U.S. to meet one amazing burrowing frog! Grab your backpack and sunglasses and let’s go!

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spadefoot frog   Range/Habitat: Southwestern U.S- Northern Mexico/ desert-scrub

   Diet: Carnivore: insects

   Length: 2 ¼-3 ½”

   Conservation Status: common


Fun Facts:

  •   Couch’s Spadefrogs are yellowish-green in coloration.
  •    They have large, bulbous eyes.
  •    Couch’s spadefrogs have spade shaped ridges on their hind feet for digging.
  •    Couch’s spadefrogs dig deep burrows; up to 3 ft deep.
  •   They shed their skin to make water tight cocoons during the dry season.
  •      A couch’s spadefrog’s cocoon will break down during the rainy season.

Wow! These amazing frogs have so many cool adaptations. They dig deep burrows and they form their own cocoons! It must be exhausting to be a spadefrog!

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2 thoughts on “FROG WEEK!!

  1. I will check my couch to see if one of those guys is there. I think Mom loves frogs. She says she’s kissed a lot of them in her life. Wait! What??

    Love and licks,

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