> Pelobates varaldii
Pelobates varaldii (Varaldi's Spadefoot Toad)
The Varaldi's Spadefoot Toad, Pélobate De Varaldi, or Pélobate Marocain (Pelobates varaldii) is a species of frog in the Pelobatidae family. It is found in Morocco and possibly Spain. Its natural habitats are subtropical or tropical dry shrubland, rivers, intermittent rivers, freshwater marshes, and intermittent freshwater marches. It is threatened by habitat loss.
The Moroccan spadefoot toad is a burrowing species, spending half the year in a dormant state underground. It is only active in the autumn and winter when it comes to the surface during the night to feet. They do not really hunt for their prey, but rather wait for invertebrates to come to them. This species tends to breed in temporary pools which form after heavy rains. Eggs hatch after a week of being laid and the tadpoles metamorphose in May/June. This species is threatened by habitat destruction and does not occur in man-altered areas. It is especially affected by arable cultivation and livestock farming within its range.
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