Content tagged with "Reptiles and Amphibians"

Upland Chorus Frog

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Pseudacris feriarum
Earlier considered a subspecies of western chorus frog, the upland chorus frog is now recognized as a separate species. In Missouri, it’s only found in the Mississippi Lowlands of the Bootheel. More

Variable Groundsnake (Variable Ground Snake)

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Sonora semiannulata semiannulata
The variable groundsnake is a small species with smooth, shiny scales and highly variable coloration. In Missouri, it is restricted to open, rocky hillsides of the southwestern corner of the state. More

Western Chicken Turtle

Deirochelys reticularia miaria
The western chicken turtle is a small-to medium-sized turtle with an oval shell and extremely long neck. It is endangered in Missouri, occurring only in the Mississippi Lowlands in the extreme southeastern part of the state. More

Western Cottonmouth

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Agkistrodon piscivorus leucostoma
Many people mistakenly believe that any snake seen in or near the water is this venomous “water moccasin.” But there are seven species of nonvenomous, semi-aquatic snakes found in Missouri. Harmless watersnakes vastly outnumber the much-feared cottonmouths. All are protected by law. More

Western Foxsnake (Western Fox Snake)

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Pantherophis vulpinus
The western foxsnake is a moderately large snake with distinct brown blotches. In Missouri, it now rare and is found only in far eastern, northeastern, and northwestern sections. More

Western Mudsnake (Western Mud Snake)

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Farancia abacura reinwardtii
This harmless swamp-dweller is sometimes called the “hoop snake” or the “stinging snake” based on misinformation and imaginative folklore. In the case of this snake, it turns out that fact is more interesting than fiction. More

Western Narrow-Mouthed Toad (Great Plains Narrow-Mouthed Toad)

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Gastrophryne olivacea
The western narrow-mouthed toad has a plump body, small pointed head, and a fold of skin behind the eyes. This species is typically uniform in color, ranging from tan to gray or olive green, and it has a white belly. More

Western Painted Turtle

painted turtle
Chrysemys picta bellii
The western painted turtle is a small semiaquatic turtle. It has a smooth upper shell with a red-orange outer edge. The lower shell is red-orange with a prominent pattern of brown markings. It is found nearly everywhere in the state except the southeast region. More

Western Pygmy Rattlesnake

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Sistrurus miliarius streckeri
The western pygmy rattlesnake is small and colorful, with a slender tail and tiny rattle. The sound of the vibrating rattle is a faint buzz that is like the sound of a grasshopper. It’s found in some Missouri counties bordering with Arkansas and in the eastern Missouri Ozarks. More

Western Slender Glass Lizard

Ophisaurus attenuatus attenuatus
The western slender glass lizard is often called “glass snake” because it is long, slender, and legless, and its tail breaks off easily. However, glass lizards are true lizards, with eyelids and ear openings; snakes have neither of these characteristics. More