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Massasauga (Massasauga Rattlesnake)

Video of a massasauga in the wild. More

Massasauga (Massasauga Rattlesnake; Eastern Massasauga)

Image of a massasauga
Sistrurus catenatus
This shy, reclusive, nonaggressive rattlesnake used to live in floodplain wetlands of the Mississippi, Missouri and Grand rivers, but as those wetlands have been drained and destroyed, the massasauga has disappeared with them. Now it is an endangered species. More

Midland Brownsnake (Midland Brown Snake)

midland brownsnake
Storeria dekayi wrightorum
This small, secretive species prefers moist environments. Its color ranges from gray to brown to reddish brown, and there is usually a tan stripe running down the back, bordered by two rows of small brown spots. The top of the head is usually dark. More


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"Miscellany" for the August 2009 Missouri Conservationist. More

Mississippi Green Watersnake (Mississippi Green Water Snake)

Image of a Mississippi green watersnake
Nerodia cyclopion
The Mississippi green watersnake is a medium-sized, heavy-bodied, dark-colored semiaquatic snake that was once somewhat common in southeastern Missouri. The back is dark greenish brown, and the belly is dark gray with numerous yellow half-circles. More

Missouri Copperheads

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They are vital to the natural scene, they rarely bite, they never kill. More

Missouri's Constrictors

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Image of a red milksnake
These snakes put the big squeeze on their prey. More

Norther water snake

Northern water snake
Photo of a northern water snake. More

Northern Diamond-Backed Watersnake (Diamond-Backed Water Snake)

Nerodia rhombifer rhombifer
The northern diamond-backed watersnake is our largest watersnake. It has diamond-shaped light markings along the back. Absent from the Ozarks but common in the southeastern corner and over northern and western Missouri, it doesn’t occur in our extreme northern counties. More

Northern Red-Bellied Snake

Photo of a northern red-bellied snake viewed from above.
Storeria occipitomaculata occipitomaculata
The northern red-bellied snake is of our smallest snakes. It is generally gray brown or reddish brown on top, bright red or orange below. This harmless species is sometimes mistaken for a young copperhead and needlessly killed. More