Content tagged with "Ozark"

Eastern Coachwhip

eastern coachwhip
Coluber flagellum flagellum
This large, slender, nonvenomous snake usually escapes in an explosive burst of speed. It is fast-moving and thrashes when captured, which led to the stubborn myth that this snake can whip a person to death. More

Eastern Collared Lizard

Image of an eastern collared lizard
Crotaphytus collaris
If surprised in an open area with no rock crevices nearby to dart into, this colorful, long-tailed lizard often runs on its hind limbs with the forward part of the body held upright. More

Eastern Musk Turtle (Stinkpot; Common Musk Turtle)

Eastern musk turtle (stinkpot)
Sternotherus odoratus
This is Missouri’s smallest species and one of the world’s smallest turtles. More

Eastern Narrow-Mouthed Toad

Image of an 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. More

Eastern River Cooter

Image of an eastern river cooter (turtle)
Pseudemys concinna concinna
This large, aquatic turtle has a proportionately small, blunt head. It is most abundant in Missouri’s rivers and sloughs but also has taken up residence in some of our state’s large reservoirs. More


Photograph of Ebonyshell freshwater mussel shell exterior view
Fusconaia ebena
At one time the most valuable shell to the commercial button industry, the ebonyshell is now classified as Endangered in Missouri and is a candidate for federal Endangered status. More

Elephantear (Elephant's Ear)

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. More

Elephant’s Foot

Photo of elephant's foot closeup of flowers
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? More