Common Plants and Animals

Learn about Missouri's common plants, animals, and mushrooms, and get tips on how to avoid outdoor pests, such as chiggers, ticks and poison ivy.

Amphibians and Reptiles

You know them as frogs, toads, snakes, turtles and lizards. Get acquainted with all of Missouri's fascinating “herps,” including 43 amphibians and 75 species and subspecies of reptiles. More

Aquatic Invertebrates

Missouri is home to thousands of kinds of animals without backbones that live in the water. Learn about our crayfish, clams, snails, leeches and aquatic insects. More

Avoid Outdoor Pests

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Take precautions against Missouri's worst summertime pests: chiggers, mosquitoes, poison ivy, ticks and yellow jackets. More

Birds

More than 390 birds are known to occur in Missouri. Learn which species live here year-round and which visit or pass through annually. More

Butterflies and Moths

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Learn about Missouri's beautiful and important butterflies and moths. More

Don't Adopt Wildlife

Wild animals don't make good pets, and it is illegal to possess many wild animals without a valid state or federal permit. If you encounter young wildlife, leave it where you find it. More

Fishes

More than 200 kinds of fish occur in Missouri. Learn how Missouri's different kinds of fish are adapted to different kinds of habitat. More

Insects, Spiders and Kin

These animals (along with crabs, shrimp, crayfish and others) are arthropods—invertebrates with jointed legs. Learn about Missouri's most common arthropods here. More

Mammals

Nearly 70 species of wild mammals live in Missouri. Use this page to get acquainted with the mammals you're most likely to see in your neighborhood or at a conservation area. More

Mushrooms

Mushrooms look a lot like plants, but they lack chlorophyll and have to take nutrients from other materials. Learn about Missouri's more common mushrooms here. More

Trees, Shrubs, and Vines

Learn about Missouri's trees, shrubs, and woody vines. More

Wildflowers and Grasses

Learn about Missouri's wildflowers and grasses and tips for identifying them. More
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