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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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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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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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Illinois chorus frog

Illinois Chorus Frog

Image of an Illinois chorus frog.

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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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