Family Friday

Pelobatidae – European Spadefoot Toad Family

Suborder: Mesobatrachia
Number of Genera: 1 – Pelobates
Number of Species: 4 – Pelobates cultripes, Pelobates fuscus, Pelobates syriacus, Pelobates varaldii

Pelobatidae is the European Spadefoot toad family. The family only has 1 living genus Pelobates which has only four species. These spadefoot toads don’t live in just Europe but also Asia and Northern Africa. They have a kertonized spade on their foot that is used for digging.


Images by Franco Andreone and Jean-Laurent Hentz


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