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Cole County, Missouri


Species List

Salamanders (Caudata)

Frogs (Anura)

Lizards (Lacertilia)

Snakes (Serpentes)

Turtles (Testudines)

Collection Summary

Cole County has a total of 79 valid, non-duplicated collections representing 47 species and 54 localities. There are a total of 28 collectors and 59 collection dates for the county. This results in a total of 62 expeditions for the county, a measure of unique date / collector(s) combinations. The county's earliest collection year is 1931 and its most recent collection year is 2016. The earliest and latest collection dates (independent of earliest and most recent collection years) are March 18 and November 12, respectively. If you have a new record to report for Cole County, read the New Records section of the FAQ.

Collection Summary by Species

Collection summary for Cole 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 2 2 2 2 2007 2012
Agkistrodon contortrix Copperhead 1 1 1 1 1 2009 2009
Ambystoma maculatum Spotted Salamander 1 1 1 1 1 2002 2002
Ambystoma texanum Small-mouthed Salamander 1 1 1 1 1 1983 1983
Anaxyrus americanus American Toad 4 4 5 4 4 2008 2012
Anaxyrus fowleri Fowler's Toad 1 1 1 1 1 1931 1931
Anaxyrus woodhousii Woodhouse's Toad 1 1 1 1 1 1931 1931
Aspidoscelis sexlineata Six-lined Racerunner 1 1 1 1 1 2012 2012
Carphophis vermis Western Wormsnake 1 1 1 1 1 2010 2010
Chelydra serpentina Snapping Turtle 2 2 2 2 2 2000 2007
Chrysemys picta Western Painted Turtle 1 1 1 1 1 1999 1999
Coluber constrictor North American Racer 1 1 1 1 1 1999 1999
Diadophis punctatus Ring-necked Snake 3 3 5 2 3 1982 2012
Gastrophryne carolinensis Eastern Narrow-mouthed Toad 1 1 1 1 1 1983 1983
Graptemys geographica Northern Map Turtle 1 1 1 1 1 2000 2000
Graptemys pseudogeographica False Map Turtle 1 1 3 1 1 2001 2001
Heterodon platirhinos Eastern Hog-nosed Snake 1 1 1 1 1 2004 2004
Hyla versicolor Gray Treefrog 1 1 1 1 1 1991 1991
Lampropeltis calligaster Prairie Kingsnake 2 2 2 2 2 1961 2012
Lampropeltis holbrooki Speckled Kingsnake 2 2 2 2 2 1988 2012
Lampropeltis triangulum Eastern Milksnake 1 1 1 1 1 1983 1983
Lithobates blairi Plains Leopard Frog 1 1 1 1 1 1997 1997
Lithobates catesbeianus American Bullfrog 1 1 1 1 1 1997 1997
Lithobates clamitans Green Frog 2 2 1 2 2 2007 2008
Lithobates palustris Pickerel Frog 1 1 1 1 1 1990 1990
Lithobates sphenocephalus Southern Leopard Frog 1 2 1 1 1 1997 1997
Nerodia sipedon Common Watersnake 1 1 1 1 1 1982 1982
Notophthalmus viridescens Central Newt 1 1 1 1 1 2015 2015
Opheodrys aestivus Northern Rough Greensnake 2 2 2 2 2 1983 2003
Ophisaurus attenuatus Western Slender Glass Lizard 2 2 2 2 2 1983 1999
Pantherophis obsoletus Western Ratsnake 3 3 3 3 3 1938 2006
Plestiodon anthracinus Southern Coal Skink 2 2 3 2 2 1981 2012
Plestiodon fasciatus Common Five-lined Skink 2 2 2 2 2 2000 2012
Plestiodon laticeps Broad-headed Skink 2 2 2 2 2 1978 2005
Pseudacris crucifer Spring Peeper 1 1 1 1 1 2010 2010
Pseudacris maculata Boreal Chorus Frog 1 1 1 1 1 2010 2010
Pseudemys concinna River Cooter 1 1 1 1 1
Sceloporus consobrinus Prairie Lizard 2 2 2 2 2 2005 2012
Scincella lateralis Little Brown Skink 2 2 2 2 2 1996 2012
Spea bombifrons Plains Spadefoot 1 1 1 1 1 1981 1981
Storeria dekayi DeKay's Brownsnake 2 2 2 2 2 1982 1991
Storeria occipitomaculata Northern Red-bellied Snake 1 1 1 1 1 1980 1980
Terrapene carolina Three-toed Box Turtle 11 11 9 8 8 1938 2016
Thamnophis proximus Orange-striped Ribbonsnake 1 1 1 1 1 1999 1999
Thamnophis sirtalis Common Gartersnake 1 1 1 1 1 1999 1999
Trachemys scripta Red-eared Slider 1 1 1 1 1 1999 1999
Virginia valeriae Western Smooth Earthsnake 2 2 2 2 2 1982 2004

Potential Species Records

Potential species for Cole 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 opacum Marbled Salamander Same Level IV ecoregion, within 5 miles Osage/Gasconade Hills
2 Anaxyrus cognatus Great Plains Toad Same Level IV ecoregion, within 5 miles River Hills
2 Apalone spinifera Eastern Spiny Softshell Same watershed, within 5 miles Lower Osage
2 Coluber flagellum Eastern Coachwhip Same Level IV ecoregion, within 5 miles River Hills
2 Coluber flagellum Eastern Coachwhip Same Level IV ecoregion, within 5 miles Osage/Gasconade Hills
2 Crotalus horridus Timber Rattlesnake Same Level IV ecoregion, within 5 miles River Hills
2 Eurycea longicauda Long-tailed Salamander Same Level IV ecoregion, within 5 miles Osage/Gasconade Hills
2 Eurycea longicauda Long-tailed Salamander Same Level IV ecoregion, within 5 miles River Hills
2 Eurycea lucifuga Cave Salamander Same Level IV ecoregion, within 5 miles Osage/Gasconade Hills
2 Gastrophryne olivacea Western Narrow-mouthed Toad Same Level IV ecoregion, within 5 miles River Hills
2 Haldea striatula Rough Earthsnake Same Level IV ecoregion, within 5 miles River Hills
2 Haldea striatula Rough Earthsnake Same Level IV ecoregion, within 5 miles Osage/Gasconade Hills
2 Hyla chrysoscelis Cope's Gray Treefrog Same Level IV ecoregion, within 5 miles River Hills
2 Necturus maculosus Mudpuppy Same watershed, within 5 miles Lower Osage
2 Pantherophis emoryi Great Plains Ratsnake Same Level IV ecoregion, within 5 miles River Hills
2 Pantherophis emoryi Great Plains Ratsnake Same Level IV ecoregion, within 5 miles Osage/Gasconade Hills
2 Plethodon albagula Western Slimy Salamander Same Level IV ecoregion, within 5 miles Osage/Gasconade Hills
2 Plethodon albagula Western Slimy Salamander Same Level IV ecoregion, within 5 miles River Hills
2 Tantilla gracilis Flat-headed Snake Same Level IV ecoregion, within 5 miles Osage/Gasconade Hills
2 Terrapene ornata Ornate Box Turtle Same Level IV ecoregion, within 5 miles Prairie Ozark Border
2 Terrapene ornata Ornate Box Turtle Same Level IV ecoregion, within 5 miles River Hills
3 Crotaphytus collaris Eastern Collared Lizard Same Level III ecoregion, within 5 miles Ozark Highlands
4 Tropidoclonion lineatum Lined Snake Same Level IV ecoregion, within 10 miles Osage/Gasconade Hills
5 Plethodon serratus Southern Red-backed Salamander Same Level III ecoregion, within 10 miles Ozark Highlands
6 Agkistrodon piscivorus Western Cottonmouth Same watershed, within 20 miles Lower Osage
6 Apalone mutica Midland Smooth Softshell Same watershed, within 20 miles Lower Missouri-Moreau
6 Lithobates areolatus Northern Crawfish Frog Same Level IV ecoregion, within 20 miles River Hills
8 Ambystoma annulatum Ringed Salamander Same Level IV ecoregion, within 30 miles Osage/Gasconade Hills
8 Cemophora coccinea Northern Scarletsnake Same Level IV ecoregion, within 30 miles Osage/Gasconade Hills
8 Eurycea spelaea Grotto Salamander Same Level IV ecoregion, within 30 miles Osage/Gasconade Hills
8 Eurycea tynerensis Oklahoma Salamander Same Level IV ecoregion, within 30 miles Osage/Gasconade Hills
9 Ambystoma tigrinum Eastern Tiger Salamander Same Level III ecoregion, within 30 miles Ozark Highlands
10 Pituophis catenifer Bullsnake Same Level IV ecoregion, adjacent county River Hills

Checklist

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