The unique life cycle of the spadefoot is all about waiting--a very long time, sometimes more than a year to emerge from the earth and reproduce. But once they emerge, they must get the job done in quick order. Temporary ponds formed by runoff in the desert are tricky things. They can disappear in week or two. Often the pools of water evaporate within a few days. Toads and frogs lay eggs which then hatch into polliwogs. Because of their unique desert nature, the spadefoot toads waste no time, and their Creator gave their reproductive cycle a much quicker turnaround time than many other amphibians. Females can lay
up to 3,000 eggs in one night and the eggs can hatch within 15 hours. The tadpoles quickly metamorphose into young toads within 9-14 days. The desert is a harsh place, and a small number of toads actually make it. Those who do, eat as much as they can hold and using the hind "spadefoot" dig into the sand to wait until the next monsoon.
What an amazing God we have who made such intricate and incredible creatures! I'm convinced the sheep imitation shows His sense of humor in gifting a three-inch toad with such a peculiar and LOUD voice. They must make Him laugh.
Have you never heard? Have you never understood? The LORD is the everlasting God, the Creator of all the earth. He never grows weak or weary. No one can measure the depths of his understanding. Isaiah 40:28 NLT