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Eastern Massasauga Best Management Practices

Manage your Missouri land to help this endangered species. More

Eastern Yellow-Bellied Racer

Image of an eastern yellow-bellied racer
Coluber constrictor flaviventris
Color of this common snake is uniform but variable—from olive, tan, brown, or blue to nearly black. The belly may be yellow, cream, or light blue gray. It occurs nearly statewide. More

Endangered Reptile and Amphibian Management Sheets

Browse and download best practices for managing your Missouri property for several kinds of endangered reptiles and amphibians, including Blanding's turtle, eastern massasauga rattlesnake, hellbenders, Illinois chorus frog, Illinois mud turtle, western chicken turtle, and western fox snake. More

Flat-Headed Snake

Photo of a flat-headed snake held in someone’s hands
Tantilla gracilis
The flat-headed snake is found in the southern half of the state except the far southeastern corner. The general color of this small snake is tan, gray brown, or reddish brown. The head sometimes is slightly darker than the rest of the body or is black, and the belly is salmon pink. More

Flat-Headed Snake

Photo of a flat-headed snake held in someone’s hands
The flat-headed snake is found in the southern half of the state except the far southeastern corner. The general color of this small snake is tan, gray brown, or reddish brown. The head sometimes is slightly darker than the rest of the body or is black, and the belly is salmon pink. More

Graham's Crayfish Snake

Image of graham's crayfish snake
Regina grahamii
This medium-sized, dull-colored, semiaquatic snake is known from prairie streams, marshes, and ponds. Like most other snakes associated with water, it is often misidentified as a cottonmouth and needlessly killed. More

Great Plains Ratsnake (Great Plains Rat Snake)

Image of a Great Plains ratsnake
Pantherophis emoryi
This member of the ratsnake group is seldom seen. It has numerous brown blotches along the body, a brown eye stripe, and a spearpoint marking on top of the head. More

Happy to See Black Rat Snakes

As I opened our garage door yesterday, a young black rat snake about 2 feet long was rudely awakened from where it lay stretched out along the floor. More

Lined Snake

Image of a lined snake
Tropidoclonion lineatum
This small, secretive snake looks similar to a garter snake. It is mainly brown to grayish brown, with three lighter-colored stripes down the length of its body and a distinctive double row of half-moon-shaped markings along the belly. More

Massasauga (Massasauga Rattlesnake)

Video of a massasauga in the wild. More