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Benton County, Missouri


Species List

Salamanders (Caudata)

Frogs (Anura)

Lizards (Lacertilia)

Snakes (Serpentes)

Turtles (Testudines)

Collection Summary

Benton County has a total of 271 valid, non-duplicated collections representing 54 species and 84 localities. There are a total of 47 collectors and 76 collection dates for the county. This results in a total of 85 expeditions for the county, a measure of unique date / collector(s) combinations. The county's earliest collection year is 1915 and its most recent collection year is 2017. The earliest and latest collection dates (independent of earliest and most recent collection years) are March 11 and December 23, respectively. If you have a new record to report for Benton County, read the New Records section of the FAQ.

Collection Summary by Species

Collection summary for Benton County by species. Some values are unavailable since some records are represented solely by historical literature reports, which sometimes lack complete collecting data. Click on a species or common name to view more information about that species. Click on column headings to sort by that column.
Species Common Name Localities Collections Collectors Dates Expeditions Earliest Year Latest Year
Acris blanchardi Blanchard's Cricket Frog 2 3 5 2 2 1957 2017
Agkistrodon contortrix Copperhead 2 6 2 2 2 1951 2002
Ambystoma maculatum Spotted Salamander 1 1 1 1 1 2012 2012
Ambystoma texanum Small-mouthed Salamander 1 1 2 1 1
Anaxyrus americanus American Toad 4 10 4 4 4 1959 1997
Anaxyrus fowleri Fowler's Toad 1 1 1 1 1 1957 1957
Apalone mutica Midland Smooth Softshell 1 4 1 2 2 1990 1990
Aspidoscelis sexlineata Six-lined Racerunner 3 9 2 3 3 1959 1968
Carphophis vermis Western Wormsnake 7 14 8 7 8 1961 2007
Chelydra serpentina Snapping Turtle 2 2 2 2 2 1982 2013
Coluber constrictor North American Racer 5 6 4 5 5 1943 2012
Coluber flagellum Eastern Coachwhip 4 5 5 4 4 1930 2007
Crotalus horridus Timber Rattlesnake 1 1 1 1 1 2015 2015
Diadophis punctatus Ring-necked Snake 4 6 4 4 4 1940 1980
Eurycea longicauda Long-tailed Salamander 2 7 1 2 2 1946 1962
Eurycea lucifuga Cave Salamander 3 4 2 3 3 1941 1966
Gastrophryne carolinensis Eastern Narrow-mouthed Toad 3 3 3 3 3 1968 1982
Graptemys geographica Northern Map Turtle 2 3 2 2 2 1963 1966
Haldea striatula Rough Earthsnake 3 12 6 2 2 1967 2007
Hemidactylium scutatum Four-toed Salamander 1 2 2 1 1 1991 1991
Heterodon platirhinos Eastern Hog-nosed Snake 2 2 1 2 2 2008 2013
Lampropeltis calligaster Prairie Kingsnake 4 4 4 4 4 1940 1967
Lampropeltis holbrooki Speckled Kingsnake 4 4 5 4 4 1934 2012
Lampropeltis triangulum Eastern Milksnake 1 1 1 1 1 1994 1994
Lithobates areolatus Northern Crawfish Frog 1 1 2 1 1 2007 2007
Lithobates catesbeianus American Bullfrog 1 1 1 1 1 1991 1991
Lithobates clamitans Green Frog 1 2 1 1 1 1963 1963
Lithobates palustris Pickerel Frog 3 3 6 3 3 1946 2007
Lithobates sphenocephalus Southern Leopard Frog 2 3 2 2 2 1963 2015
Necturus maculosus Mudpuppy 1 1 1 1 1 1941 1941
Nerodia rhombifer Diamond-backed Watersnake 1 1 1 1 1 1967 1967
Nerodia sipedon Common Watersnake 3 3 2 3 3 1963 1982
Notophthalmus viridescens Central Newt 1 1 3 1 1 2012 2012
Opheodrys aestivus Northern Rough Greensnake 3 4 2 2 2 2004 2004
Ophisaurus attenuatus Western Slender Glass Lizard 2 2 2 2 2 1962 2003
Pantherophis obsoletus Western Ratsnake 3 3 3 3 3 1958 2004
Plestiodon anthracinus Southern Coal Skink 1 1 4 1 1 2014 2014
Plestiodon fasciatus Common Five-lined Skink 11 41 7 9 10 1959 1993
Plestiodon laticeps Broad-headed Skink 1 1 1 1 1 1932 1932
Plethodon albagula Western Slimy Salamander 1 1 1 1 1 1963 1963
Pseudacris crucifer Spring Peeper 1 1 1 1 1 1941 1941
Pseudacris maculata Boreal Chorus Frog 1 1 2 1 1 2007 2007
Sceloporus consobrinus Prairie Lizard 11 12 11 10 10 1950 2017
Scincella lateralis Little Brown Skink 8 11 7 9 9 1961 2002
Sternotherus odoratus Eastern Musk Turtle 1 1 1 1 1 1968 1968
Storeria dekayi DeKay's Brownsnake 1 1 1 1 1 2004 2004
Storeria occipitomaculata Northern Red-bellied Snake 3 3 2 2 2 1962 2002
Tantilla gracilis Flat-headed Snake 6 40 5 7 7 1958 2012
Terrapene carolina Three-toed Box Turtle 5 5 6 5 5 1940 2017
Terrapene ornata Ornate Box Turtle 2 2 2 2 2 1960 1986
Thamnophis proximus Orange-striped Ribbonsnake 2 6 2 2 2 1966 1982
Thamnophis sirtalis Common Gartersnake 3 3 3 3 3 1915 1967
Trachemys scripta Red-eared Slider 1 1 1 1 1 1957 1957
Virginia valeriae Western Smooth Earthsnake 3 4 3 3 3 1940 2002

Potential Species Records

Potential species for Benton County. Species are listed in descending order of their likelihood of occurrence within the county. Click on a species or common name to view more information about that species. Click on column headings to sort by that column.
Likelihood Species Common Name Rationale Ecoregion / Watershed
2 Agkistrodon piscivorus Western Cottonmouth Same watershed, within 5 miles Harry S Truman
2 Apalone spinifera Eastern Spiny Softshell Same watershed, within 5 miles Niangua
2 Apalone spinifera Eastern Spiny Softshell Same watershed, within 5 miles Lamine
2 Chrysemys picta Western Painted Turtle Same Level IV ecoregion, within 5 miles Prairie Ozark Border
2 Hyla versicolor Gray Treefrog Same Level IV ecoregion, within 5 miles Prairie Ozark Border
2 Lithobates blairi Plains Leopard Frog Same Level IV ecoregion, within 5 miles Osage/Gasconade Hills
2 Lithobates blairi Plains Leopard Frog Same Level IV ecoregion, within 5 miles Wooded Osage Plains
2 Lithobates blairi Plains Leopard Frog Same Level IV ecoregion, within 5 miles Cherokee Plains
2 Pantherophis emoryi Great Plains Ratsnake Same Level IV ecoregion, within 5 miles Central Plateau
2 Sonora semiannulata Variable Groundsnake Same Level IV ecoregion, within 5 miles Osage/Gasconade Hills
2 Tropidoclonion lineatum Lined Snake Same Level IV ecoregion, within 5 miles Wooded Osage Plains
4 Ambystoma opacum Marbled Salamander Same Level IV ecoregion, within 10 miles Cherokee Plains
4 Ambystoma opacum Marbled Salamander Same Level IV ecoregion, within 10 miles Osage/Gasconade Hills
4 Crotaphytus collaris Eastern Collared Lizard Same Level IV ecoregion, within 10 miles Osage/Gasconade Hills
4 Eurycea spelaea Grotto Salamander Same Level IV ecoregion, within 10 miles Osage/Gasconade Hills
4 Gastrophryne olivacea Western Narrow-mouthed Toad Same Level IV ecoregion, within 10 miles Osage/Gasconade Hills
4 Nerodia erythrogaster Plain-bellied Watersnake Same Level IV ecoregion, within 10 miles Osage/Gasconade Hills
4 Plethodon serratus Southern Red-backed Salamander Same Level IV ecoregion, within 10 miles Cherokee Plains
4 Regina grahamii Graham's Crawfish Snake Same watershed, within 10 miles Lamine
6 Ambystoma annulatum Ringed Salamander Same Level IV ecoregion, within 20 miles Osage/Gasconade Hills
6 Ambystoma tigrinum Eastern Tiger Salamander Same Level IV ecoregion, within 20 miles Osage/Gasconade Hills
6 Cryptobranchus alleganiensis Hellbender Same watershed, within 20 miles Niangua
6 Graptemys pseudogeographica False Map Turtle Same watershed, within 20 miles Lake of the Ozarks
6 Hyla chrysoscelis Cope's Gray Treefrog Same Level IV ecoregion, within 20 miles Springfield Plateau
6 Hyla cinerea Green Treefrog Same Level IV ecoregion, within 20 miles Osage/Gasconade Hills
6 Pituophis catenifer Bullsnake Same Level IV ecoregion, within 20 miles Cherokee Plains
8 Cemophora coccinea Northern Scarletsnake Same Level IV ecoregion, within 30 miles Osage/Gasconade Hills
8 Graptemys ouachitensis Ouachita Map Turtle Same watershed, within 30 miles Harry S Truman
8 Pseudemys concinna River Cooter Same watershed, within 30 miles Niangua
8 Pseudemys concinna River Cooter Same watershed, within 30 miles Lake of the Ozarks

Checklist

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