Western Spadefoot Toad
The Western Spadefoot Toad (Spea hammondii) is a species of toad that is found in coastal California. It prefers grassland scrub and
chaparral locally but could occur in oak woodlands. It is nocturnal, and activity is limited to the wet season, summer storms, or evenings with elevated substrate moisture levels.
It is a relatively smooth-skinned species of toad. Its eyes are pale gold with vertical pupils. It has a green or gray dorsum often with skin tubercles tipped in orange, and it is a whitish color on the ventral. It has a wedge-shaped black spade on each hind foot. Adult toads are between 1.5 and 3 inches long. Juveniles are similar to adults, but have more definite spotting.
It is easily handled, with less skin secretions than other toad species in its area. Their secretions smell like peanut butter and may cause sneezing.