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Massasauga (Massasauga Rattlesnake; Eastern Massasauga)

Sistrurus catenatus
This shy, reclusive, nonaggressive rattlesnake used to live in floodplain wetlands of the Mississippi, Missouri and Grand rivers, but as those wetlands have been drained and destroyed, the massasauga has disappeared with them. Now it is an endangered species.

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midland brownsnake

Midland Brownsnake (Midland Brown Snake)

Storeria dekayi wrightorum
This small, secretive species prefers moist environments. Its color ranges from gray to brown to reddish brown, and there is usually a tan stripe running down the back, bordered by two rows of small brown spots. The top of the head is usually dark.

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midland smooth softshell

Midland Smooth Softshell

Apalone mutica mutica
The midland smooth softshell is a rather plain-looking softshell turtle, with a smooth, rather featureless olive-gray or brown shell, and a light stripe bordered by black extending backward from each eye.

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Mississippi Green Watersnake (Mississippi Green Water Snake)

Nerodia cyclopion
The Mississippi green watersnake is a medium-sized, heavy-bodied, dark-colored semiaquatic snake that was once somewhat common in southeastern Missouri. The back is dark greenish brown, and the belly is dark gray with numerous yellow half-circles.

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Mississippi Mud Turtle

Kinosternon subrubrum hippocrepis
Although well equipped for an aquatic existence, the Mississippi mud turtle spends as much time wandering about on land as it does in water. Look for it in the Mississippi Lowlands of Missouri’s Bootheel.

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Mole Salamander

Ambystoma talpoideum
The large-headed, dull gray or brown mole salamander is rarely seen because it spends almost all its time below ground. In Missouri, it is restricted to the lowlands of our southeastern counties.

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Mudpuppy (Common Mudpuppy; Waterdog)

Necturus maculosus
Mudpuppies are aquatic, with plumelike external gills throughout their entire lives. They’re found in the southern half and along the eastern edge of Missouri.

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Northern Crawfish Frog

Lithobates areolatus circulosus
A chorus of crawfish frogs, amid the open, grassy flowerbeds of our native prairies, can evoke a profound sense of what our American forebears experienced as they migrated west in their wagons.

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Northern Cricket Frog

Northern Cricket Frog

Acris crepitans
The northern cricket frog is a nonclimbing member of the treefrog family. It lacks the adhesive toe pads associated with treefrogs. The subspecies formerly called Blanchard’s cricket frog is no longer recognized.

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Northern Diamond-Backed Watersnake (Diamond-Backed Water Snake)

Nerodia rhombifer rhombifer
The northern diamond-backed watersnake is our largest watersnake. It has diamond-shaped light markings along the back. Absent from the Ozarks but common in the southeastern corner and over northern and western Missouri, it doesn’t occur in our extreme northern counties.

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