Content tagged with "Reptiles and Amphibians"

Eastern Collared Lizard

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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 Gartersnake (Eastern Garter Snake)

Eastern gartersnake
Thamnophis sirtalis sirtalis
Of the five kinds of garter snakes in Missouri, the eastern gartersnake is the most common. Though the color is variable (dark brown, greenish, or olive), there are normally three yellowish stripes, one down the back and one on each side. More

Eastern Hog-Nosed Snake

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Heterodon platirhinos
This harmless snake with an upturned snout can hiss loudly and spread its neck like a cobra. If this defense fails to ward off an enemy, the snake may thrash around, open its mouth, roll over, and play dead. 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

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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

Eastern Spadefoot

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Scaphiopus holbrookii
Often called “spadefoot toads,” spadefoots are actually not true toads, and they are not true frogs, either. They’re named after a feature on the inner surface of their hind feet, a sickle-shaped spur or “spade,” which helps them to dig their burrows. More

Eastern Spiny Softshell

Eastern Spiny Softshell
Apalone spinifera spinifera
This is a game animal in our state, with a season and daily bag limit.   More

Eastern Tiger Salamander

Ambystoma tigrinum
Tiger salamanders belong to the “mole salamander” family, named because they spend most of their time underground, often in burrows made by small mammals or under logs and rocks. Your best chance of seeing tiger salamander is at night after a heavy rain. More

Eastern Yellow-Bellied Racer

Image of an eastern yellow-bellied racer
Coluber constrictor flaviventris
Color of this common snake is uniform but variable—from olive, tan, brown, or blue to nearly black. The belly may be yellow, cream, or light blue gray. It occurs nearly statewide. More