The Great Basin Spadefoot (Spea intermontana) is a small, greyish amphibian (adult size 4?6 cm in snout?vent length) with a squat body, short limbs, and a short, upturned snout. Characteristic features include eyes with a vertical pupil and a sharp-edged dark ridge (?spade?) on the inner side of each hind foot, used for burrowing. Tadpoles have a grey, globular body with gold flecks, raised, close-set eyes on the top of the head, and a high tail fin.
The Great Basin Spadefoot was designated as Threatened by the Committee on the Status of Endangered Wildlife in Canada (COSEWIC) because of its small area of occupancy, in conjunction with a continuing decline in the extent and quality of habitat, severely fragmented total population in British Columbia, and extreme fluctuations in numbers of adults. It is listed as Threatened in Canada on Schedule 1 of the Species at Risk Act. In British Columbia, the Great Basin Spadefoot is ranked S3 (special concern, vulnerable to extirpation or extinction) by the B.C. Conservation Data Centre and is on the provincial Blue list. It is protected from capture and killing under the provincial Wildlife Act. It is also listed as a species that requires special management attention to address the impacts of forest and range activities under the Forest and Range Practices Act on provincial Crown land (as described in the Identified Wildlife Management Strategy). Recovery is considered to be biologically and technically feasible.....
Southern Interior Reptile and Amphibian Working Group. 2016. Recovery Plan for the Great Basin Spadefoot (Spea intermontana) in British Columbia. Province of British Columbia. BC Recovery Strategy (Species at Risk)
Topic: Recovery Planning
Keywords: B.C, BC, toad, spadefoot, spade, foot
Scientific Name: Spea intermontana
English Name: Great Basin Spadefoot
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