FFAC "The Cleopatra Project" Art Catalogue August 7 2022

Eastern spadefoot Scaphiopus holbrookii

The scrap! He hopes his golden eye and lyre beguile. Buoyant chorus–waaah–

The spadefoot has golden eyes with vertical pupils–like a cat eye– as well as two lyre-shaped stripes down its back and a black burrowing “spade” on each hind foot. Living most of the year underground, they have been observed in Virginia’s Coastal Plain, Piedmont and Blue Ridge Mountains. Look sharp for Eastern spadefoots at night in heavy rains; they congregate in flooded low spots and the breeding males call with a short, repeating “waaah.” These creatures protect themselves with an irritating liquid secretion. Wash your hands if you touch one.

Kitty Dodd Eastern Spadefoot Color Pencil 12 x 12 $275


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