Content tagged with "Reptiles and Amphibians"

Photo of a western slimy salamander

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.

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Image of a western smooth earthsnake

Western Smooth Earthsnake (Western Smooth Earth Snake)

Virginia valeriae elegans
The western earthsnake is a small, slightly stout snake with a conical head. It is plain-colored, generally gray, light brown, or reddish brown, with no distinct markings. It is found statewide, except for the northwestern corner.

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Western Wormsnake (Western Worm Snake)

Carphophis vermis
The western wormsnake is a small, two-toned snake that lives in wooded areas or rocky hillsides. It is usually purplish brown above and salmon pink on the belly and lower sides. It is found statewide, except for the Mississippi Lowlands.

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Wood Frog

Lithobates sylvaticus (formerly Rana sylvatica)
The wood frog is tan, pinkish-tan, or brown, with a dark brown mask through the eye and ear. It is perfectly camouflaged among dead oak and maple leaves. A rare frog, it lives in cool, wooded hillsides in portions of eastern Missouri and some southwestern counties.

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Photo of a Woodhouse's toad (juvenile)

Woodhouse’s Toad

Anaxyrus woodhousii woodhousii
Woodhouse’s toad has a number of irregular dark brown or black spots on the back and a white belly. It occurs in central, west-central, western, and northwestern parts of Missouri.

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Yellow Mud Turtle

Kinosternon flavescens flavescens
The yellow mud turtle is a small, olive to dark-colored, semiaquatic turtle restricted to west-central, northeastern, and southwestern Missouri and is an endangered species in our state.

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Yellow-Bellied Watersnake (Yellow-Bellied Water Snake)

Nerodia erythrogaster flavigaster
The yellow-bellied watersnake is a medium-sized, heavy-bodied, dark-colored, semiaquatic snake with a plain yellow belly. It is found throughout southeastern Missouri and north along the Mississippi River floodplain.

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