Content tagged with "Reptiles and Amphibians"

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Plains Spadefoot

Spea bombifrons
The plains spadefoot is a stout, toadlike amphibian with large, protruding eyes, vertically elliptical pupils, short legs, and large feet. There is a raised area between the eyes. It occurs in counties along the Missouri River.

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Prairie Kingsnake (Prairie King Snake)

Lampropeltis calligaster calligaster
The prairie kingsnake is fairly common over most of the state. The overall color is tan, brownish-gray, or greenish-gray. Numerous dark blotches down the back and sides are brown, reddish, or greenish brown. It lives in prairies and open woods and on rocky, wooded hillsides.

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Prairie Lizard (Northern Fence Lizard)

Sceloporus consobrinus
The small, gray to brown, rough-scaled prairie lizard is common in open forests. It often lives around country homes and rock gardens and on stacks of firewood and split rail fences.

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Prairie Ring-Necked Snake

Diadophis punctatus arnyi
Prairie ring-necked snakes are easily recognizable by their small size, uniform dark color on the back, bright yellow-orange belly, and distinct yellow ring around the neck.

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Red Milksnake (Red Milk Snake)

Lampropeltis triangulum syspila
One of Missouri’s most beautifully colored snakes, the harmless red milksnake often is misidentified as the venomous coral snake, which is not found in Missouri.

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Red-Eared Slider

Trachemys scripta elegans
An attractive turtle with yellow pinstripes and red ears, this species is commonly seen basking on logs or rocks—until you get too close, and they slide into the water.

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Ringed Salamander

Ambystoma annulatum
A secretive salamander that spends most of its time under logs or rocks or in burrows, the ringed salamander isn’t perfectly named: Its “rings” don’t completely encircle its body.

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Rough Earthsnake (Rough Earth Snake)

Virginia striatula
The rough earthsnake is a small, plain-looking snake of open, rocky woodlands in the Missouri Ozarks. They normally don’t exceed 10 inches in length.

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Six-Lined Racerunner

Aspidoscelis sexlineatus
The six-lined racerunner is a fast, alert ground dweller that don’t usually climb trees. Also called “field-streaks” and “sand lappers,” racerunners are close kin to the whiptail lizards you might know from the western United States.

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Snapping Turtle (Common Snapping Turtle)

Chelydra serpentina
A large aquatic turtle with a big pointed head, long thick tail, and small lower shell, the snapping turtle is common throughout the state, anywhere there is permanent water. Conservation of this species involves regulated hunting.

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