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hellbender, a large brown salamander resting in gravelly streambed

Hellbender

Cryptobranchus alleganiensis
You might think they’re ugly by human standards, but these giant amphibians are a unique part of our wildlife heritage; they direly need help, or they might become extinct within twenty years.

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How Are The Frogs?

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Scientists are concerned about a reported decline in the numbers of amphibians.

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Illinois chorus frog

Illinois Chorus Frog

Image of an Illinois chorus frog.

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Image of an illinois chorus frog

Illinois Chorus Frog

Pseudacris illinoensis
With its stout body and thick forearms, the rare Illinois chorus frog may at first appear more like a toad. It lives in open, sandy areas that were formerly sand prairie grasslands and wetlands of southeastern Missouri.

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Leap into Year of the Frog

Leap Day is the perfect day to jump on the Year of the Frog bandwagon.

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Long-Tailed Salamander

Eurycea longicauda longicauda
The long-tailed salamander and closely related dark-sided salamander are agile and can escape predators by using their tails for quick jumps. They live in the southern and eastern parts of Missouri.

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Marbled Salamander

Ambystoma opacum
Unlike many of its close relatives, this salamander breeds in the autumn instead of early spring, and on land instead of in water. Females lay their eggs near a pond, curl protectively around them, then wait until rains make the pond water high enough to cover the eggs.

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Show-Me Herps Cover

MDC offers new guidebooks on mushrooms and herps

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Learn about fascinating Missouri fungi, reptiles and amphibians with these colorful guides.

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This 36-page, full-color booklet covers Missouri's toads and frogs, including breeding, habitat and status.

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Mole Salamander

Ambystoma talpoideum
The large-headed, dull gray or brown mole salamander is rarely seen because it spends almost all its time below ground. In Missouri, it is restricted to the lowlands of our southeastern counties.

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