When the Spadefoot senses the vibrations from the summer rains above, it immediately emerges from its burrow and migrates over sandy soils to find a nearby shallow pool of water formed by the rain. These pools serve as great breeding ponds. Future generations are dependent on these ephemeral ponds. After breeding, the Spadefoot's survival depends on finding food. Once satisfied, it will burrow down backwards, ratcheting its handy, renowned spades through the loose, sandy, eolian deposits for another ten month snooze.