Eastern Spadefoot

Species Name: Scaphiopus holbrookii

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Species Distribution in Massachusetts

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Federal Rank: None

Massachusetts State Rank: Threatened

Habitat Description

Requires dry, sand or sandy loam soils characteristic of Pitch Pine barrens, coastal oak woodlands, or sparse shrub growth interspersed with temporary ponds to burrow.

Threats to Survival

Parts of Massachusetts are at the very northern edge of its range, along with destruction of suitable habitat, vulnerability to pesticides and road fatalities.

Actions Recommended to Ensure Survival

Prevent destruction of habitat, limit use of pesticides and create road crossing structures.