Content tagged with "Reptiles and Amphibians"

False Map Turtle

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Graptemys pseudogeographica pseudogeographica
The false map turtle is a medium-sized aquatic species with a low ridge along the center of the upper shell. A thick yellow line behind each eye forms a backward L shape. It occurs in large rivers and reservoirs in central, northeastern, northwestern, and southeastern Missouri. More

Five-Lined Skink

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Plestiodon fasciatus
Often called the "blue-tailed" skink for the coloration of juveniles, this is Missouri's most common skink. Adults are olive or tan with lengthwise stripes. More

Flat-Headed Snake

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Tantilla gracilis
The flat-headed snake is found in the southern half of the state except the far southeastern corner. The general color of this small snake 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. More

Fowler’s Toad

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Anaxyrus fowleri
Fowler’s toad is the common toad of gravel and sand bars along Ozark streams and rivers as well of the Mississippi Lowlands. It usually has paired dark markings with 3 or more warts, and usually has a light tan or white line down the back as well as a dark gray spot on the chest. More

Graham's Crayfish Snake

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Regina grahamii
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. More

Gray Treefrog and Cope’s Gray Treefrog

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Hyla versicolor and H. chrysoscelis
Sticky pads on fingers and toes enable these two gray treefrogs to climb and rest on vertical surfaces. In fact, you might occasionally see one resting quietly on the siding of your house, if you live near suitable treefrog habitat! More

Great Plains Ratsnake (Great Plains Rat Snake)

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Pantherophis emoryi
This member of the ratsnake group is seldom seen. It has numerous brown blotches along the body, a brown eye stripe, and a spearpoint marking on top of the head. More

Great Plains Skink

Plestiodon obsoletus
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. More

Great Plains Toad

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Anaxyrus cognatus
Unlike other true toads in Missouri, the Great Plains toad has a raised hump (called a “boss”) between the eyes. Look for it along the Missouri River floodplain, from the Iowa border to about Hermann. More

Green Frog

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Lithobates clamitans (formerly Rana clamitans)
The green frog looks similar to a bullfrog but is smaller and has a ridge of skin along the sides of the back that is not found on bullfrogs. It is a game animal in Missouri. More