The COMMON SPADEFOOT TOAD has a dumpy body with short and strong limbs and huge, conspicuous eyes. Its most important characteristic is the vertical pupil. It has a black spade on the hind foot, which is a protruding, crescent-shaped, sharp-edged callus internus adapted to digging. The dorsal side of the frog is olive, light- or dark brown, with irregular, more or less square and longitudinally streched darker blotches, creating a map-like pattern. Often red dots can be found on the smooth or slightly warty skin. Their belly is grayish-white with lighter or darker mottled marks. The adult frogs grow 5-7 cm.
Distibution map by our National Herpetological Mapping Program: