Plains Spadefoot (Spea bombifrons)

Description: 1½ - 2 inches. Plains Spadefoots are the only frog or toad in Iowa to have vertical, cat-like pupils. They are generally grayish or brownish in appearance, with darker markings throughout the body. The skin is mostly smooth and moist.

Similar Species: American Toads, Fowler's Toads, and Woodhouse's Toads all have a similar body shape, but have dry warty skin, and round pupils.

Age in years of Most Recent Record
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