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Snotty Spadefoots

#funfactfriday Our local Great Basin Spadefoot has a very unique winter hibernation technique. They are amphibians, which means it is important for them to keep their skin relatively moist.


While hibernating underground in our dry desrt soils, Spadefoots secrete a thick layer of mucous (snot!) around themselves to keep themselves damp! They also need to ensure they hibernate below the frost line, which means they will burrow up to a metre (3 ft) deep!

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