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Cape Girardeau County, Missouri


Species List

Salamanders (Caudata)

Frogs (Anura)

Lizards (Lacertilia)

Snakes (Serpentes)

Turtles (Testudines)

Collection Summary

Cape Girardeau County has a total of 224 valid, non-duplicated collections representing 57 species and 80 localities. There are a total of 52 collectors and 124 collection dates for the county. This results in a total of 137 expeditions for the county, a measure of unique date / collector(s) combinations. The county's earliest collection year is 1904 and its most recent collection year is 2017. The earliest and latest collection dates (independent of earliest and most recent collection years) are January 13 and November 22, respectively. If you have a new record to report for Cape Girardeau County, read the New Records section of the FAQ.

Collection Summary by Species

Collection summary for Cape Girardeau 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 3 4 4 4 4 1964 2007
Agkistrodon contortrix Copperhead 6 6 6 6 6 1943 2011
Agkistrodon piscivorus Western Cottonmouth 1 1 1 1 1
Ambystoma maculatum Spotted Salamander 4 22 3 5 5 1961 1996
Ambystoma opacum Marbled Salamander 2 2 3 2 2 2016 2016
Ambystoma texanum Small-mouthed Salamander 3 7 4 4 4 1962 1995
Amphiuma tridactylum Three-toed Amphiuma 1 1 1 1 1 1970 1970
Anaxyrus americanus American Toad 2 2 1 2 2 2007 2007
Anaxyrus fowleri Fowler's Toad 6 6 7 5 6 1923 2011
Apalone spinifera Eastern Spiny Softshell 3 3 2 3 3 1961 2007
Carphophis vermis Western Wormsnake 2 2 4 2 2 1995 2007
Chelydra serpentina Snapping Turtle 4 4 5 4 4 1970 2011
Chrysemys dorsalis Southern Painted Turtle 1 1 1 1 1
Chrysemys picta Western Painted Turtle 2 2 1 2 2 2005 2005
Coluber constrictor North American Racer 2 4 3 3 3 1914 1995
Crotalus horridus Timber Rattlesnake 3 3 3 2 3 1972 1995
Diadophis punctatus Ring-necked Snake 6 9 6 7 7 1938 1996
Eurycea longicauda Long-tailed Salamander 1 8 2 2 2 1994 1996
Eurycea lucifuga Cave Salamander 1 3 2 1 1 1996 1996
Gastrophryne carolinensis Eastern Narrow-mouthed Toad 1 1 1 1 1 2017 2017
Graptemys pseudogeographica False Map Turtle 1 1 1 1 1 2007 2007
Heterodon platirhinos Eastern Hog-nosed Snake 1 1 1 1 1 1996 1996
Hyla chrysoscelis Cope's Gray Treefrog 1 1 2 1 1 2011 2011
Hyla cinerea Green Treefrog 1 1 2 1 1 2015 2015
Lampropeltis calligaster Prairie Kingsnake 1 1 1 1 1 1993 1993
Lampropeltis holbrooki Speckled Kingsnake 2 3 2 3 3 1994 1996
Lampropeltis triangulum Eastern Milksnake 1 1 1 1 1 1976 1976
Lithobates blairi Plains Leopard Frog 2 2 2 2 2 1996 2007
Lithobates catesbeianus American Bullfrog 4 7 4 5 5 1941 1996
Lithobates clamitans Green Frog 4 7 5 4 4 1973 2007
Lithobates sphenocephalus Southern Leopard Frog 3 3 3 3 3 1992 1996
Necturus maculosus Mudpuppy 1 1 1 1 1 1986 1986
Nerodia erythrogaster Plain-bellied Watersnake 1 1 1 1 1 1994 1994
Nerodia rhombifer Diamond-backed Watersnake 1 1 1 1 1 1962 1962
Nerodia sipedon Common Watersnake 6 8 7 7 7 1963 1996
Notophthalmus viridescens Central Newt 1 1 1 1 1 2007 2007
Opheodrys aestivus Northern Rough Greensnake 3 4 3 4 4 1993 1996
Pantherophis obsoletus Western Ratsnake 7 10 9 8 9 1923 1996
Plestiodon anthracinus Southern Coal Skink 2 2 2 2 2 1981 2007
Plestiodon fasciatus Common Five-lined Skink 3 4 4 4 4 1977 1995
Plestiodon laticeps Broad-headed Skink 3 3 2 2 2 1963 1996
Plethodon albagula Western Slimy Salamander 3 5 5 5 5 1961 1996
Plethodon serratus Southern Red-backed Salamander 8 14 6 11 11 1961 1996
Pseudacris crucifer Spring Peeper 3 6 4 3 3 1996 2007
Pseudacris feriarum Upland Chorus Frog 1 1 1 1 1 1971 1971
Pseudacris illinoensis Illinois Chorus Frog 2 2 2 2 2 1969 1970
Pseudemys concinna River Cooter 1 1 1 1 1 2007 2007
Sceloporus consobrinus Prairie Lizard 4 4 3 4 4 1914 1996
Scincella lateralis Little Brown Skink 4 5 3 5 5 1969 2007
Siren intermedia Western Lesser Siren 1 1 2 1 1 1976 1976
Sternotherus odoratus Eastern Musk Turtle 3 4 3 3 3 1904 2007
Storeria dekayi DeKay's Brownsnake 1 1 1 1 1 2007 2007
Storeria occipitomaculata Northern Red-bellied Snake 1 1 1 1 1 1996 1996
Terrapene carolina Three-toed Box Turtle 11 12 11 12 12 1950 2007
Thamnophis sirtalis Common Gartersnake 4 4 4 4 4 1914 1995
Trachemys scripta Red-eared Slider 5 5 3 5 5 1961 2007
Virginia valeriae Western Smooth Earthsnake 2 3 5 3 3 1996 2011

Potential Species Records

Potential species for Cape Girardeau 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 Apalone mutica Midland Smooth Softshell Same watershed, within 5 miles Upper Mississippi-Cape Girardeau
2 Aspidoscelis sexlineata Six-lined Racerunner Same Level IV ecoregion, within 5 miles River Hills
2 Crotaphytus collaris Eastern Collared Lizard Same Level IV ecoregion, within 5 miles River Hills
2 Farancia abacura Western Mudsnake Same Level IV ecoregion, within 5 miles Saint Francis Lowlands
2 Hyla versicolor Gray Treefrog Same Level IV ecoregion, within 5 miles River Hills
2 Nerodia fasciata Broad-banded Watersnake Same Level IV ecoregion, within 5 miles Saint Francis Lowlands
2 Thamnophis proximus Orange-striped Ribbonsnake Same Level IV ecoregion, within 5 miles Saint Francis Lowlands
4 Ambystoma tigrinum Eastern Tiger Salamander Same Level IV ecoregion, within 10 miles River Hills
4 Heterodon gloydi Dusty Hog-nosed Snake Same Level IV ecoregion, within 10 miles Saint Francis Lowlands
4 Lampropeltis nigra Eastern Black Kingsnake Same Level IV ecoregion, within 10 miles River Hills
4 Lithobates palustris Pickerel Frog Same Level IV ecoregion, within 10 miles River Hills
4 Ophisaurus attenuatus Western Slender Glass Lizard Same Level IV ecoregion, within 10 miles River Hills
4 Scaphiopus holbrookii Eastern Spadefoot Same Level IV ecoregion, within 10 miles River Hills
6 Cemophora coccinea Northern Scarletsnake Same Level IV ecoregion, within 20 miles Saint Francis Lowlands
6 Hemidactylium scutatum Four-toed Salamander Same Level IV ecoregion, within 20 miles Eastern Ozark Border
6 Kinosternon subrubrum Mississippi Mud Turtle Same Level IV ecoregion, within 20 miles Saint Francis Lowlands
6 Macrochelys temminckii Alligator Snapping Turtle Same watershed, within 20 miles Whitewater
7 Ambystoma talpoideum Mole Salamander Same Level III ecoregion, within 20 miles Mississippi Alluvial Plain
7 Deirochelys reticularia Western Chicken Turtle Same Level III ecoregion, within 20 miles Mississippi Alluvial Plain
8 Ambystoma annulatum Ringed Salamander Same Level IV ecoregion, within 30 miles Eastern Ozark Border
8 Lithobates sylvaticus Wood Frog Same Level IV ecoregion, within 30 miles Eastern Ozark Border
9 Tantilla gracilis Flat-headed Snake Same Level III ecoregion, within 30 miles Ozark Highlands
11 Pseudacris fouquettei Cajun Chorus Frog Same Level III ecoregion, adjacent county Ozark Highlands

Checklist

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