Couch's Spadefoot Toad.Scaphiopus couchii..Like other spadefoots I've seen, this toad only emerges from its desert burrow when it rains. Thousands emerge and then gather at seasonal rain puddles to breed. Their tadpoles develop very quickly and with luck transform into toadlets before the puddle dries up...My field guides state that this amphibian secretes skin toxins that "smell of peanuts and may cause skin and nose irritation." Actually the smell is more like skunk and the sensation is one of intense stinging bolts of pain shooting up your arm (handling a poisonous toad is a great way to discover you have tiny cuts on your fingers). And my nose was runny for two days.