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Raising Tadpoles

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Know how to care for tadpoles before you collect them.

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Aerial photo of flooding on Duck Creek CA's Pools 1,2 and 3

Reporting on Last Spring's Historic Flood Event

While the contractors are busy making progress in Unit A, I thought I’d take a little bit of time to give a short report. Check out the video link to see what we found.

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Ringed Salamander

Ambystoma annulatum
A secretive salamander that spends most of its time under logs or rocks or in burrows, the ringed salamander isn’t perfectly named: Its “rings” don’t completely encircle its body.

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Salamanders

Missouri is home to nearly 50 species and subspecies of salamanders. Browse this section to learn more about these elusive creatures and their place in our ecosystem.

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Show-Me Herps Cover

Show-Me Herps Cover

Show-Me Herps Cover

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Photo of a small-mouthed salamander.

Small-Mouthed Salamander

The small-mouthed salamander is a medium-sized, black or dark brown salamander with a small head and mouth. In Missouri, it’s found nearly statewide — but not in the Ozarks.

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Photo of a small-mouthed salamander.

Small-Mouthed Salamander

Ambystoma texanum
The small-mouthed salamander is a medium-sized, black or dark brown salamander with a small head and mouth. In Missouri, it’s found nearly statewide — but not in the Ozarks.

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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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Southern Red-Backed Salamander

Plethodon serratus
The southern red-backed salamander is small, dark, and slender, with a distinct, narrow, red or orange mid-dorsal stripe with saw-toothed edges. It hides under rocks, mosses, and rotten logs in Ozark forests.

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