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Eastern musk turtle (stinkpot)

Eastern Musk Turtle (Stinkpot; Common Musk Turtle)

Sternotherus odoratus
The eastern musk turtle is one of the world’s smallest turtles. It has a dark, domed upper shell and reduced lower shell. It occurs along our Mississippi River counties and in the southern two-thirds of the state.

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Eastern Narrow-Mouthed Toad

Gastrophryne carolinensis
The eastern narrow-mouthed toad is an unusual, plump little amphibian that is seldom seen. There is a fold of skin behind its narrow, pointed head. It occurs in the southern half of the state.

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elephant's ear

Elephantear (Elephant's Ear)

Elliptio crassidens
Today found only in the Meramec River, the elephantear has been classified as Endangered in Missouri and is a candidate for federal Endangered status.

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Photo of elephant's foot closeup of flowers

Elephant’s Foot

Elephantopus carolinianus
You may not recognize elephant’s foot as a member of the daisy or sunflower family because it lacks petal-like ray florets. Also, it has unusual, doubly compound flower clusters. And how did it get its name, anyway?

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Alasmidonta marginata
The elktoe is one of many Missouri mussels with a declining population.

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Ellipse and Bleedingtooth

Venustaconcha ellipsiformis and V. pleasii
These small mussels use darters, a type of fish, as hosts for their young.

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Enjoy "Nature is Art" event at Runge Nature Center April 16

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Free family fun will include art demonstrations, activities, concert and lunch.

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Photo of great blue heron

Enjoy a Day with Wildlife at Eagle Bluffs on May 15

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Free family fun for everyone to include fishing, wildlife viewing, clay shooting and more.

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American Bald Eagle

Enjoy an Eagle Adventure at Runge Nature Center Jan. 28

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Missouri offers numerous opportunities in winter to watch eagles in the wild.

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Photo of bald eagle perched on a branch

Enjoy an Eagle Adventure at Runge Nature Center on Jan. 24

The FREE program features activities to entertain and educate the whole family.

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