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Clay County, Missouri


Species List

Salamanders (Caudata)

Frogs (Anura)

Lizards (Lacertilia)

Snakes (Serpentes)

Turtles (Testudines)

Collection Summary

Clay County has a total of 172 valid, non-duplicated collections representing 41 species and 79 localities. There are a total of 55 collectors and 102 collection dates for the county. This results in a total of 122 expeditions for the county, a measure of unique date / collector(s) combinations. The county's earliest collection year is 1909 and its most recent collection year is 2015. The earliest and latest collection dates (independent of earliest and most recent collection years) are January 18 and October 31, respectively. If you have a new record to report for Clay County, read the New Records section of the FAQ.

Collection Summary by Species

Collection summary for Clay 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 9 10 10 10 10 1917 1983
Agkistrodon contortrix Copperhead 2 9 1 2 2 1939 1959
Ambystoma tigrinum Eastern Tiger Salamander 2 2 3 2 2 1984 1992
Anaxyrus americanus American Toad 9 12 8 9 10 1958 1967
Anaxyrus cognatus Great Plains Toad 2 2 1 1 1 1980 1980
Anaxyrus woodhousii Woodhouse's Toad 6 10 7 7 7 1942 1965
Apalone spinifera Eastern Spiny Softshell 1 1 1 1 1 1986 1986
Aspidoscelis sexlineata Six-lined Racerunner 1 1 1 1 1 1950 1950
Carphophis vermis Western Wormsnake 2 3 2 2 2 1967 1973
Chelydra serpentina Snapping Turtle 3 3 2 3 3 1964 1992
Chrysemys picta Western Painted Turtle 2 2 1 2 2 1982 1982
Coluber constrictor North American Racer 7 7 7 7 7 1949 1967
Crotalus horridus Timber Rattlesnake 5 10 2 4 4 1939 1958
Diadophis punctatus Ring-necked Snake 2 3 2 2 2 1939 1955
Heterodon platirhinos Eastern Hog-nosed Snake 1 1 1 1 1 1962 1962
Hyla chrysoscelis Cope's Gray Treefrog 1 2 1 1 1 1982 1982
Hyla versicolor Gray Treefrog 3 3 3 2 3 1967 1984
Kinosternon flavescens Yellow Mud Turtle 1 1 1 1 1
Lampropeltis calligaster Prairie Kingsnake 6 6 5 6 6 1958 1965
Lampropeltis triangulum Eastern Milksnake 4 4 2 4 4 1923 2001
Lithobates blairi Plains Leopard Frog 10 10 12 10 10 1942 1992
Lithobates catesbeianus American Bullfrog 10 12 10 12 12 1909 1982
Lithobates clamitans Green Frog 1 1 1 1 1 1917 1917
Lithobates sphenocephalus Southern Leopard Frog 4 4 4 3 4 1962 1962
Nerodia erythrogaster Plain-bellied Watersnake 1 1 1 1 1 1968 1968
Nerodia rhombifer Diamond-backed Watersnake 3 3 3 3 3 1965 1967
Nerodia sipedon Common Watersnake 8 9 7 8 8 1938 1967
Ophisaurus attenuatus Western Slender Glass Lizard 1 1 1 1 1 1983 1983
Pantherophis obsoletus Western Ratsnake 3 3 3 3 3 1939 1964
Plestiodon fasciatus Common Five-lined Skink 3 3 3 3 3 1939 1973
Pseudacris maculata Boreal Chorus Frog 2 2 2 2 2 1965 1984
Scincella lateralis Little Brown Skink 1 1 1 1 1 1967 1967
Spea bombifrons Plains Spadefoot 2 2 2 2 2 1942 1980
Storeria dekayi DeKay's Brownsnake 6 6 4 6 6 1939 1970
Terrapene carolina Three-toed Box Turtle 1 1 1 1 1 1933 1933
Terrapene ornata Ornate Box Turtle 1 1 1 1 1 1982 1982
Thamnophis proximus Orange-striped Ribbonsnake 3 3 3 3 3 1965 1967
Thamnophis radix Plains Gartersnake 2 2 2 2 2 1965 1967
Thamnophis sirtalis Common Gartersnake 10 11 12 11 11 1939 1966
Trachemys scripta Red-eared Slider 1 1 1 1 1
Tropidoclonion lineatum Lined Snake 3 3 5 3 3 2013 2015

Potential Species Records

Potential species for Clay 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 Ambystoma texanum Small-mouthed Salamander Same Level IV ecoregion, within 5 miles Missouri Alluvial Plain
2 Coluber flagellum Eastern Coachwhip Same Level IV ecoregion, within 5 miles Missouri Alluvial Plain
2 Gastrophryne olivacea Western Narrow-mouthed Toad Same Level IV ecoregion, within 5 miles Missouri Alluvial Plain
2 Gastrophryne olivacea Western Narrow-mouthed Toad Same Level IV ecoregion, within 5 miles Loess Flats and Till Plains
2 Gastrophryne olivacea Western Narrow-mouthed Toad Same Level IV ecoregion, within 5 miles Rolling Loess Prairies
2 Necturus maculosus Mudpuppy Same watershed, within 5 miles Lower Missouri-Crooked
2 Opheodrys aestivus Northern Rough Greensnake Same Level IV ecoregion, within 5 miles Missouri Alluvial Plain
2 Opheodrys vernalis Smooth Greensnake Same Level IV ecoregion, within 5 miles Missouri Alluvial Plain
2 Plestiodon obsoletus Great Plains Skink Same Level IV ecoregion, within 5 miles Missouri Alluvial Plain
2 Regina grahamii Graham's Crawfish Snake Same watershed, within 5 miles Lower Missouri-Crooked
3 Sistrurus tergeminus Prairie Massasauga Same Level III ecoregion, within 5 miles Western Corn Belt Plains
3 Tantilla gracilis Flat-headed Snake Same Level III ecoregion, within 5 miles Western Corn Belt Plains
3 Virginia valeriae Western Smooth Earthsnake Same Level III ecoregion, within 5 miles Western Corn Belt Plains
4 Apalone mutica Midland Smooth Softshell Same watershed, within 10 miles Lower Missouri-Crooked
4 Graptemys pseudogeographica False Map Turtle Same watershed, within 10 miles Lower Missouri-Crooked
4 Pantherophis emoryi Great Plains Ratsnake Same Level IV ecoregion, within 10 miles Rolling Loess Prairies
4 Sternotherus odoratus Eastern Musk Turtle Same watershed, within 10 miles Lower Missouri-Crooked
5 Ambystoma maculatum Spotted Salamander Same Level III ecoregion, within 10 miles Western Corn Belt Plains
5 Crotaphytus collaris Eastern Collared Lizard Same Level III ecoregion, within 10 miles Western Corn Belt Plains
5 Pituophis catenifer Bullsnake Same Level III ecoregion, within 10 miles Western Corn Belt Plains
6 Lampropeltis holbrooki Speckled Kingsnake Same Level IV ecoregion, within 20 miles Loess Flats and Till Plains
8 Plestiodon septentrionalis Prairie Skink Same Level IV ecoregion, within 30 miles Missouri Alluvial Plain
10 Lithobates areolatus Northern Crawfish Frog Same Level IV ecoregion, adjacent county Missouri Alluvial Plain
10 Pseudacris crucifer Spring Peeper Same Level IV ecoregion, adjacent county Loess Flats and Till Plains
10 Storeria occipitomaculata Northern Red-bellied Snake Same Level IV ecoregion, adjacent county Loess Flats and Till Plains

Checklist

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