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Variable Groundsnake (Variable Ground Snake)

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Sonora semiannulata semiannulata
A small, secretive, shiny snake that is highly variable in color. It can be gray, brown, orange or even red with or without dark bands, and it has a plain white or cream colored belly with dark transverse bars on the tail. More

Western Cottonmouth

Video of a western cottonmouth in the wild. More

Western Cottonmouth

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Agkistrodon piscivorus leucostoma
Many people mistakenly believe that any snake seen in or near the water is this venomous “water moccasin.” But there are seven species of nonvenomous, semi-aquatic snakes found in Missouri. Harmless watersnakes vastly outnumber the much-feared cottonmouths. All are protected by law. More

Western Fox Snake Best Management Practices

Manage your Missouri land to help this endangered species. More

Western Foxsnake (Western Fox Snake)

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Pantherophis vulpinus
This is a marsh-dwelling member of the ratsnake group. General color is yellowish, greenish-brown or tan, with large brown blotches on the back and smaller ones on the sides. Its status in Missouri is rare. More

Western Mudsnake (Western Mud Snake)

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Farancia abacura reinwardtii
This harmless swamp-dweller is sometimes called the “hoop snake” or the “stinging snake” based on misinformation and imaginative folklore. In the case of this snake, it turns out that fact is more interesting than fiction. More

Western Pygmy Rattlesnake

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Sistrurus miliarius streckeri
One of the smallest rattlesnakes on the continent, this species has a thin tail and a tiny rattle. The sound of the vibrating rattle is a faint buzz that is like the sound of a grasshopper. It's found in some Missouri counties bordering with Arkansas and in the eastern Missouri Ozarks. More

Western Smooth Earthsnake (Western Smooth Earth Snake)

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Virginia valeriae elegans
A small snake with a conical head, this snake generally is gray to light brown or reddish-brown. It has no distinct markings. The belly is plain white or cream-colored. More

Western Wormsnake (Western Worm Snake)

Carphophis vermis
This species is usually purplish-brown above and salmon pink on the belly and lower sides. The tail has an interesting (and harmless) spike which also helps it maneuver through soil. More

Yellow-Bellied Watersnake (Yellow-Bellied Water Snake)

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Nerodia erythrogaster flavigaster
This medium-sized watersnake is named for its yellow belly. Its coloration is mainly gray or greenish with little or no pattern. This species is found throughout southeastern Missouri and north along the Mississippi River floodplain. More