Pelobates vespertinus

Common name: the Pallas’s Spadefoot Toad

Conservation status: Least Concern

Distribution: Kazakhstan, Russian Federation, Ukraine

Size: up to 80 mm

Description: upperside varies from light-grayish to light-brownish with large dark spots and small red points, underside is white-grayish; pupils of the eyes are vertical

Habitat: wide varity of habitats with friable soil, including coniferous, deciduous and mixed forests, groves, steppes, fields, meadows, sand dunes, heath land, gravel pits, parks and gardens.

Activity: nocturnal, hibernation occurs from September to March

Diet: various invertebrates

Reproduction: breeding period occurs in April-May; eggs are arranged in a thick cord up to 1 m in length

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