Content tagged with "Central"

Photo of Broad-headed skink on ground among leaves

Broad-Headed Skink

Plestiodon laticeps
This large, harmless, smooth-scaled lizard lives along the edge of forests and woodlots. It often makes its home in a large dead tree, sometimes using abandoned woodpecker holes or other cavities.

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Brook Silverside

Labidesthes sicculus
Also known as "needlenose," "stick minnow," and "skipjack," this little fish is very active in the daytime and on bright, moonlit nights.

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Pituophis catenifer sayi
Missouri's largest snake may hiss loudly and vibrate its tail when alarmed, but it is nonvenomous. This species is extremely valuable in controlling destructive rodents.

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Ellipsaria lineolata
The butterfly is one of the most beautiful of Missouri’s mussels.

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Butterfly Pea

Clitoria mariana
Butterfly pea is a low, shrubby, or twining perennial in the pea family, with showy, butterfly-like flowers. The leaves are compound with three leaflets. This species grows in the southern parts of Missouri, in acid soils.

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Calico Crayfish

Orconectes immunis
This rather plain, gray-green crayfish--usually only found in the northern half of the state--has a pale central zone along the middle of the carapace and abdomen. The pincers are orange-tipped, and in mature males are tinged with purple.

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Two girls with a dish in tinfoil they cooked over a campfire.

Campfire Cooking Girls

Two girls with a dish in tinfoil they cooked over a campfire.

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Carolina Larkspur (Prairie Larkspur)

Delphinium carolinianum
Small blue, lavender, or white flowers shaped like cornucopias dance along the tall stems of this Carolina larkspur, which grows in prairies and grasslands.

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Photo of a cedar waxwing foraging for food.

Cedar Waxwing

A cedar waxwing spends evenings foraging for food during a snowstorm in Jefferson City, Mo.

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Photo of a celestial lily, or prairie pleatleaf iris, in bloom.

Celestial Lily (Prairie Iris; Prairie Pleatleaf; Prairie Celestial)

Nemastylis geminiflora
Celestial lily, in the iris family, blooms only in the morning. Its showy, lavender-blue flowers shine like six-pointed stars on glades and prairies in southern Missouri and the eastern Ozarks.

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