Content tagged with "Central"

Photo of golden seal plant with flower

Golden Seal

Hydrastis canadensis
Large, crinkled, palmately 5-lobed leaves distinguish golden seal, which occurs in moist woods in the Ozarks and Central Missouri. Populations have been declining due to root diggers.

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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.

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Grass Pickerel

Esox americanus
The most common and widely distributed pike in Missouri is also the smallest. Adults seldom exceed 10 or 12 inches in length.

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Great Plains Ratsnake (Great Plains Rat Snake)

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.

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Great Plains Toad

Anaxyrus cognatus
Unlike other true toads in Missouri, the Great Plains toad has a raised hump (called a “boss”) between the eyes. Look for it along the Missouri River floodplain, from the Iowa border to about Hermann.

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Photo of a male greater prairie-chicken in courtship display

Greater Prairie-Chicken

Tympanuchus cupido
This rare bird breeds in select grasslands in the spring, filling the air with their unusual booming calls. With their numbers dwindling, prairie-chickens need strong conservation support.

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Green Frog

Lithobates clamitans (formerly Rana clamitans)
The green frog looks similar to a bullfrog but is smaller and has a ridge of skin along the sides of the back that is not found on bullfrogs. It is a game animal in Missouri.

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Greenside Darter

Etheostoma blennioides
Olive to yellow sides and back with scattered red spots and vertical blotches often arranged in a V or W pattern. Breeding males have bright blue-green on head and lower fins and green vertical bars. Second largest Missouri darter in size next to the logperch.

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Illustration of Grotto and Banded Sculpins.

Grotto and Banded Sculpins

Grotto sculpin (left) are a cave-dwelling type of banded sculpin (right). Biologists may soon determine that grotto sculpin deserve their own scientific name, separate from the "regular" banded sculpin.

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