Content tagged with "Reptiles and Amphibians"

Western Slimy Salamander

Photo of a western slimy salamander
Plethodon albagula
You might not want to touch this salamander—it secretes a thick, very sticky substance that adheres to skin like glue. It causes dust, dirt or bits of dead leaves to stick to one’s hands and is difficult to remove. More

Western Smooth Earthsnake (Western Smooth Earth Snake)

Image of a western smooth earthsnake
Virginia valeriae elegans
A small snake with a conical head, this snake generally is gray to light brown or reddish-brown. It has no distinct markings. The belly is plain white or cream-colored. More

Western Wormsnake (Western Worm Snake)

Carphophis vermis
This species is usually purplish-brown above and salmon pink on the belly and lower sides. The tail has an interesting (and harmless) spike which also helps it maneuver through soil. More

Wood Frog

Image of a wood frog
Lithobates sylvaticus
When the perfectly camouflaged wood frog is sitting quietly among dead oak and maple leaves, it is nearly invisible. When you happen to see one of these rare frogs on a woodsy outing, you have received a special gift. More

Woodhouse’s Toad

Photo of a Woodhouse's toad (juvenile)
Anaxyrus woodhousii woodhousii
Hopefully by now that old myth about toads “giving people warts” has died away, because Woodhouse’s toad is much more interested in eating up the bugs that actually can raise welts on your skin! More

Yellow Mud Turtle

Kinosternon flavescens
This is a small, dark-colored, semiaquatic turtle with a restricted range. It is an Endangered species in Missouri. More

Yellow-Bellied Watersnake (Yellow-Bellied Water Snake)

Image of a yellow-bellied watersnake
Nerodia erythrogaster flavigaster
This medium-sized watersnake is named for its yellow belly. Its coloration is mainly gray or greenish with little or no pattern. This species is found throughout southeastern Missouri and north along the Mississippi River floodplain. More