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Illinois chorus frog

Illinois Chorus Frog

Image of an Illinois chorus frog.

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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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Photo of a long-tailed salamander on a rotten log.

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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Photo of a long-tailed salamander on a rotten log.

Long-Tailed Salamander

The long-tailed salamander is agile and can escape predators by using its tail for quick jumps. This species occurs in southeastern Missouri but not in the Mississippi Lowlands of the Bootheel.

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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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Mudpuppy (Common Mudpuppy; Waterdog)

Necturus maculosus
Mudpuppies are aquatic, with plumelike external gills throughout their entire lives. They’re found in the southern half and along the eastern edge of Missouri.

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