Hurter's Spadefoot - Scaphiopus hurterii


*The colored areas of the map above represent parishes with currently known records for the given species
 (Source: Jeff Boundy, LA Dept. of Wildlife and Fisheries). By no means does it represent the full range of the species in the state, nor does it necessarily mean that a species can be found throughout the parish with the record. This is provided as a guide to where you might be able to find these species in the state and to aid in identification. A descriptive explanation of the range of each species can be found in the text below.

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Subspecies: No subspecies recognized.


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Species Range:  Western Arkansas south to northwestern Louisiana, west to eastern and southern Texas, north to eastern Oklahoma.

Louisiana Range:  Central Louisiana northward, but absent from the Mississippi River floodplain.


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Global Conservation Status:  Hurter’s Spadefoots have a relatively wide distribution in the south-central United States and a presumed large population, and thus, are listed as Least Concern by the IUCN Red List. Their NatureServe Global Conservation Status Rank is G5 (Secure).

Federal Conservation Status:  None

Louisiana Conservation Status:  Hurter’s Spadefoots have a ranking of S3 (rare and local throughout the state – 21-100 known extant populations) in Louisiana.

*** If you live in the range of this species in Louisiana and believe you may have observed this species please let me know (take a picture if possible), as there may be more unknown populations in the state.***

Author's Remarks: I have only found this species in Louisiana on four occasions, once in 2004 and again in 2012 in the same place in Kisatchie National Forest in Natchitoches Parish. I found another individual in 2016 in Bienville Parish, and we found a few individuals at Briarwood in spring of 2023.

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