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.
A tan or light brown lizard with most of the scales edged in black, making it look speckled. These markings may form irregular lines along the back and sides. In Missouri, found only in our far western and southwestern counties.
The skin is covered with many small warts. Unlike other true toads in Missouri, the Great Plains toad has a raised hump (known as a “boss”) between the eyes. Look for it along the Missouri River floodplain, from the Iowa border to about Hermann.
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