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Image of a gray treefrog

Gray Treefrog and Cope’s Gray Treefrog

Hyla versicolor and H. chrysoscelis
Sticky pads on fingers and toes enable these two gray treefrogs to climb and rest on vertical surfaces. In fact, you might occasionally see one resting quietly on the siding of your house, if you live near suitable treefrog habitat!

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Great Plains Toad

Anaxyrus cognatus
Unlike other true toads in Missouri, the Great Plains toad has a raised hump (called a “boss”) between the eyes. Look for it along the Missouri River floodplain, from the Iowa border to about Hermann.

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Great Plains Toad

Great Plains Toad

Audio of a Great Plains Toad.

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Green frog

Green Frog

Image of a green frog.

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Image of a green frog

Green Frog

Lithobates clamitans (formerly Rana clamitans)
The green frog looks similar to a bullfrog but is smaller and has a ridge of skin along the sides of the back that is not found on bullfrogs. It is a game animal in Missouri.

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Image of a green treefrog

Green Treefrog

Hyla cinerea
The bright green treefrog hides perfectly among cattail leaves, where it hides until evening. Then it begins hunting for insects.

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Grotto Salamander

Video of a grotto salamander.

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Image of a grotto salamander

Grotto Salamander

Eurycea spelaea
Many people know Missouri as “the cave state,” and the grotto salamander is Missouri’s only species of blind salamander. A true troglobite, it lives in total darkness and has small eyes that are completely or partially covered by their pink or beige skin.

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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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