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Image of an eastern collared lizard

Eastern Collared Lizard

Crotaphytus collaris
The eastern collared lizard is colorful and has a long tail. If surprised in an open area with no rock crevices nearby to dart into, it often runs on its hind limbs with the forward part of the body held upright.

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Eastern gartersnake

Eastern Gartersnake (Eastern Garter Snake)

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.

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Image of an eastern hog-nosed snake

Eastern Hog-Nosed Snake

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.

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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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Image of an eastern narrow-mouthed toad

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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Image of an eastern river cooter (turtle)

Eastern River Cooter

Pseudemys concinna concinna
The eastern river cooter is a broad-shelled aquatic turtle with a seemingly small head. It is most abundant in the rivers and sloughs of southern Missouri but also has taken up residence in some of our large reservoirs.

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Image of an eastern spadefoot

Eastern Spadefoot

Scaphiopus holbrookii
The eastern spadefoot is a stout, toadlike amphibian with large, protruding eyes, vertically elliptical pupils, short legs, and large feet. In Missouri, it occurs in eastern counties along the Mississippi River and in the Bootheel.

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Eastern Spiny Softshell

Eastern Spiny Softshell

Apalone spinifera spinifera
The eastern spiny softshell is a medium to large softshell turtle with small bumps or spines on the front edge of the upper shell. There are dark spots on the fore- and hind limbs.  

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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.

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Image of an eastern yellow-bellied racer

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.

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