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Photo of a small-mouthed salamander

Small-Mouthed Salamander

Photo of a small-mouthed salamander.

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Image of a southern leopard frog

Southern Leopard Frog

Lithobates sphenocephalus (formerly Rana sphenocephala)
The attractively spotted southern leopard frog is an excellent jumper and quickly leaps into water when startled. The males’ chuckling calls entertain us even as they function to attract females for breeding. Found statewide except for the northwestern corner.

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Southern Leopard Frog

Video of a southern leopard frog in the wild.

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hellbender, a large brown salamander resting in gravelly streambed

Species Symphony

The music of the Ozarks ecosystem just wouldn’t be the same without the diversity of plants and animals found here, including some pretty weird-looking salamanders.

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Image of a spotted salamander

Spotted Salamander

Ambystoma maculatum
A dancing salamander? Hundreds of them all at once? In the water? That’s how spotted salamanders create their next generation, in only a few springtime evenings each year.

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photo of Spring Peeper

Spring Peeper

Photo of a Spring Peeper.

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Spring Peeper

Spring Peeper

Pseudacris crucifer
The voices of spring peepers are a true announcement that winter is ending. These small, slender frogs can be several overall colors, but seeing an X on the back is a good way to ensure your identification.

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Spring Peeper

Spring Peeper

Spring peeper at full croak.

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Spring Peepers Calling

You might think I’ve gone overboard on animal calls the past few weeks.

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