• Three kayakers enjoying the river.

    Chattahoochee River

    National Recreation Area Georgia

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Eastern Spadefoot

Scaphiopus holbrookii

Eastern Spadefoot

NPS Photo

Family: Scaphiopodidae

Scaphiopus holbrookii

Eastern Spadefoot

Size: 4.4 to 8.3 cm long (1 ¾" to 3 ¼")

General Description: Skin relatively smooth and olive to brown to almost black in color, often with 2 light yellowish colored lines down back that start at each eye. Together the lines may form a lyre or misshapen hourglass shape. May be an additional light line on each side of the body. Belly white to grayish. Sickle-shaped spade on each hind foot. Tympanum apparent. Pupils of eyes vertical. No parotoid gland on head. This is the only spadefoot to occur east of the Mississippi River.

Reproduction: Breeds after rains fill temporary pools March to September.

Habitat: Uses loose sandy or gravelly soils in forested, brushy or cultivated areas. Lives in shallow burrows.

Behavior: Nocturnal.

Voice: Calls are short, low-pitched explosive grunts that are repeated at brief intervals.

Did You Know?

Island Ford Visitor Center - Photo by Matt Harr

Hewlett Lodge was once the Summer home of Georgia Superior Court Justice Samuel Hewlett. Construction began in the 1930s, using timber from the near the Okeefenokee Swamp and stone from Stone Mountain, taking six years to complete. Today it is home to the Island Ford Visitor Center.