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Critters of the Week

Critters of the Week

A wild critter we spotted in the RVA area and a critter up for adoption by SPCA.

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Where Spotted: Buttermilk Trail
Common Name: Eastern American Toad
Scientific Name: Anaxyrus americanus americanus
Length: 2 – 3.5 in. (5.1 – 9 cm)

Quick Facts – (Wikipedia)

  • This is the earliest toad species to breed in this area.
  • When cold weather comes, these toads dig backwards and bury themselves in the dirt of their summer homes, or they may choose another site in which to hibernate.
  • Some of these toads have been known to live over 30 years and currently a female specimen (over 13 centimeters long) is living healthily into her late 30s.
  • Adult toads are mostly nocturnal, although juveniles are often abroad by day.
  • Their diet includes crickets, mealworms, earthworms, ants, spiders, slugs, centipedes, moths, and other small invertebrates.

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Artic at Richmond SPCA

Artic is a quiet, thoughtful girl who, once she gets to know you, will smooch and happily show you her tricks. She is looking for a caring and compassionate home that will help build her confidence and understand she is a bit shy when meeting new people.

Age: 3 years, 3 months
Gender: Spayed Female
Color: White / Brown
Size: M (dog size guide)
ID: 49614209

Adopt Artic at Richmond SPCA

Learn more about their adoption process.

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