"If I ever meet one of you Texas waddies who says he had never drank water out of a horse track I think I'll shake his hand, give him a Daniel Webster cigar."
In Charles Portis' True Grit the Texas Ranger LaBoeuf tries (and fails) to impress U.S. marshall Rooster Cogburn.
|Couch's Spadefoot, Scaphiopus couchii|
|Land-under in the bajada of the Tucson Mountains (our backyard)|
|Calling male Couch's Spadefoot by Seth Patterson|
|Mating spadefoots by Manuel Nevarez|
|Spadefoot tadpoles Photo by Jeff Mitton|
|The surface of the desert soil is reshaped by the heavy hoofs of horses.|
|A tiny youngster in a hoof print|
The little amphibians are still smaller than grasshoppers, not much more than a quarter inch. They are able to absorb moisture through their skin, but they have to leave the exposed muddy tracks before the morning sun reaches them.
|Young Red-spotted Toad (Bufo punctatus)?|
|Adult Red-spotted Toad (Bufo punctatus)|