This small snake is found in the southern half of the state except the far southeastern corner. Its general color is tan, gray brown, or reddish brown. The head sometimes is slightly darker than the rest of the body or is black, and the belly is salmon pink.
The common toad of gravel and sand bars along our many Ozark streams and rivers, and the most common toad in the Mississippi Lowlands. They typically have paired dark markings with three or more warts, and may have a ground color of gray, greenish-gray, tan or brown.
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.
“Sticky” pads on fingers and toes enable this small frog to climb and rest on vertical surfaces. In fact, you might occasionally see a gray treefrog resting quietly on the siding of your house, if you live near suitable treefrog habitat!
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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