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Franklin County, Missouri


Species List

Salamanders (Caudata)

Frogs (Anura)

Lizards (Lacertilia)

Snakes (Serpentes)

Turtles (Testudines)

Collection Summary

Franklin County has a total of 208 valid, non-duplicated collections representing 56 species and 71 localities. There are a total of 65 collectors and 82 collection dates for the county. This results in a total of 94 expeditions for the county, a measure of unique date / collector(s) combinations. The county's earliest collection year is 1906 and its most recent collection year is 2017. The earliest and latest collection dates (independent of earliest and most recent collection years) are January 21 and November 13, respectively. If you have a new record to report for Franklin County, read the New Records section of the FAQ.

Collection Summary by Species

Collection summary for Franklin 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 10 19 8 5 8 1913 1971
Agkistrodon contortrix Copperhead 2 2 2 2 2 1990 2017
Ambystoma annulatum Ringed Salamander 1 2 1 1 1 1986 1986
Ambystoma maculatum Spotted Salamander 1 3 1 1 1 2014 2014
Ambystoma opacum Marbled Salamander 1 1 1 1 1 1931 1931
Ambystoma texanum Small-mouthed Salamander 1 1 1 1 1 1971 1971
Anaxyrus americanus American Toad 1 1 1 1 1 1971 1971
Anaxyrus fowleri Fowler's Toad 2 2 3 2 2 1971 2000
Apalone mutica Midland Smooth Softshell 2 3 2 1 2 1996 1996
Apalone spinifera Eastern Spiny Softshell 2 3 2 2 2 1911 1911
Aspidoscelis sexlineata Six-lined Racerunner 1 1 1 1 1 1933 1933
Carphophis vermis Western Wormsnake 5 5 6 5 5 1934 1971
Chelydra serpentina Snapping Turtle 1 1 1 1 1 1906 1906
Chrysemys picta Western Painted Turtle 1 1 1 1 1 2009 2009
Coluber constrictor North American Racer 5 6 5 5 5 1933 2011
Coluber flagellum Eastern Coachwhip 1 1 1 1 1 1946 1946
Cryptobranchus alleganiensis Hellbender 2 2 2 2 2 2004 2004
Diadophis punctatus Ring-necked Snake 5 12 8 8 8 1934 1976
Eurycea longicauda Long-tailed Salamander 7 10 9 7 8 1906 1977
Eurycea lucifuga Cave Salamander 5 10 10 8 8 1906 1971
Graptemys geographica Northern Map Turtle 1 2 3 2 2 2000 2007
Graptemys ouachitensis Ouachita Map Turtle 3 3 4 3 3 1991 2017
Graptemys pseudogeographica False Map Turtle 2 4 2 2 2 1972 1988
Heterodon platirhinos Eastern Hog-nosed Snake 5 5 5 5 5 1927 1965
Lampropeltis calligaster Prairie Kingsnake 1 1 1 1 1
Lampropeltis holbrooki Speckled Kingsnake 1 1 1 1 1 2006 2006
Lampropeltis triangulum Eastern Milksnake 1 1 1 1 1 1934 1934
Lithobates catesbeianus American Bullfrog 6 10 7 6 6 1932 1972
Lithobates clamitans Green Frog 1 1 2 1 1 1932 1932
Lithobates palustris Pickerel Frog 3 3 3 3 3 1971 1976
Lithobates sphenocephalus Southern Leopard Frog 5 8 5 5 5 1906 2014
Necturus maculosus Mudpuppy 1 1 1 1 1 1942 1942
Nerodia sipedon Common Watersnake 3 7 3 3 3 1933 1941
Notophthalmus viridescens Central Newt 1 1 1 1 1 2014 2014
Opheodrys aestivus Northern Rough Greensnake 3 3 3 3 3 1915 1971
Ophisaurus attenuatus Western Slender Glass Lizard 1 1 1 1 1 1992 1992
Pantherophis obsoletus Western Ratsnake 4 8 4 5 5 1933 1999
Plestiodon anthracinus Southern Coal Skink 2 2 2 2 2 2016 2016
Plestiodon fasciatus Common Five-lined Skink 3 3 3 3 3 1935 1971
Plestiodon laticeps Broad-headed Skink 2 2 2 2 2 1970 1971
Plethodon albagula Western Slimy Salamander 7 9 7 6 8 1965 1997
Plethodon serratus Southern Red-backed Salamander 4 5 4 3 4 1971 1995
Pseudacris crucifer Spring Peeper 1 1 1 1 1 2016 2016
Pseudacris maculata Boreal Chorus Frog 2 2 2 2 2 2014 2014
Sceloporus consobrinus Prairie Lizard 2 3 3 3 3 1931 1931
Scincella lateralis Little Brown Skink 3 4 4 2 4 1971 1971
Spea bombifrons Plains Spadefoot 1 1 1 1 1 1976 1976
Sternotherus odoratus Eastern Musk Turtle 1 1 1 1 1 2015 2015
Storeria dekayi DeKay's Brownsnake 2 2 2 2 2 1999 1999
Storeria occipitomaculata Northern Red-bellied Snake 2 2 2 2 2 1941 1971
Tantilla gracilis Flat-headed Snake 1 2 1 1 1 1934 1934
Terrapene carolina Three-toed Box Turtle 7 9 7 6 7 1933 2000
Thamnophis proximus Orange-striped Ribbonsnake 3 4 4 4 4 1906 1995
Thamnophis sirtalis Common Gartersnake 5 6 7 5 5 1933 1971
Trachemys scripta Red-eared Slider 2 2 3 2 2 1993 2000
Virginia valeriae Western Smooth Earthsnake 1 1 1 1 1 1976 1976

Potential Species Records

Potential species for Franklin 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 Anaxyrus woodhousii Woodhouse's Toad Same Level IV ecoregion, within 5 miles River Hills
2 Crotalus horridus Timber Rattlesnake Same Level IV ecoregion, within 5 miles Eastern Ozark Border
2 Crotalus horridus Timber Rattlesnake Same Level IV ecoregion, within 5 miles River Hills
2 Crotaphytus collaris Eastern Collared Lizard Same Level IV ecoregion, within 5 miles Central Plateau
2 Gastrophryne carolinensis Eastern Narrow-mouthed Toad Same Level IV ecoregion, within 5 miles River Hills
2 Hemidactylium scutatum Four-toed Salamander Same Level IV ecoregion, within 5 miles Central Plateau
2 Hemidactylium scutatum Four-toed Salamander Same Level IV ecoregion, within 5 miles River Hills
2 Lithobates blairi Plains Leopard Frog Same Level IV ecoregion, within 5 miles River Hills
2 Lithobates blairi Plains Leopard Frog Same Level IV ecoregion, within 5 miles Eastern Ozark Border
2 Lithobates sylvaticus Wood Frog Same Level IV ecoregion, within 5 miles River Hills
2 Sistrurus catenatus Eastern Massasauga Same Level IV ecoregion, within 5 miles River Hills
2 Terrapene ornata Ornate Box Turtle Same Level IV ecoregion, within 5 miles River Hills
4 Ambystoma tigrinum Eastern Tiger Salamander Same Level IV ecoregion, within 10 miles Eastern Ozark Border
4 Emydoidea blandingii Blanding's Turtle Same Level IV ecoregion, within 10 miles River Hills
4 Eurycea spelaea Grotto Salamander Same Level IV ecoregion, within 10 miles Meramec River Hills
4 Hyla chrysoscelis Cope's Gray Treefrog Same Level IV ecoregion, within 10 miles Eastern Ozark Border
4 Hyla versicolor Gray Treefrog Same Level IV ecoregion, within 10 miles River Hills
4 Hyla versicolor Gray Treefrog Same Level IV ecoregion, within 10 miles Eastern Ozark Border
4 Nerodia rhombifer Diamond-backed Watersnake Same Level IV ecoregion, within 10 miles Eastern Ozark Border
4 Pantherophis emoryi Great Plains Ratsnake Same Level IV ecoregion, within 10 miles Meramec River Hills
4 Pantherophis emoryi Great Plains Ratsnake Same Level IV ecoregion, within 10 miles Eastern Ozark Border
4 Pituophis catenifer Bullsnake Same Level IV ecoregion, within 10 miles River Hills
4 Regina grahamii Graham's Crawfish Snake Same watershed, within 10 miles Meramec
4 Siren intermedia Western Lesser Siren Same watershed, within 10 miles Meramec
4 Sistrurus miliarius Western Pygmy Rattlesnake Same Level IV ecoregion, within 10 miles Meramec River Hills
4 Thamnophis radix Plains Gartersnake Same Level IV ecoregion, within 10 miles Eastern Ozark Border
4 Thamnophis radix Plains Gartersnake Same Level IV ecoregion, within 10 miles River Hills
4 Tropidoclonion lineatum Lined Snake Same Level IV ecoregion, within 10 miles Eastern Ozark Border
6 Agkistrodon piscivorus Western Cottonmouth Same watershed, within 20 miles Meramec
6 Agkistrodon piscivorus Western Cottonmouth Same watershed, within 20 miles Big
6 Haldea striatula Rough Earthsnake Same Level IV ecoregion, within 20 miles Meramec River Hills
6 Hemidactylus turcicus 1 Mediterranean Gecko Same Level IV ecoregion, within 20 miles River Hills
6 Opheodrys vernalis Smooth Greensnake Same Level IV ecoregion, within 20 miles River Hills
6 Pantherophis vulpinus Eastern Foxsnake Same Level IV ecoregion, within 20 miles River Hills
6 Pseudemys concinna River Cooter Same watershed, within 20 miles Meramec
7 Lithobates areolatus Northern Crawfish Frog Same Level III ecoregion, within 20 miles Interior River Valleys and Hills
7 Nerodia erythrogaster Plain-bellied Watersnake Same Level III ecoregion, within 20 miles Interior River Valleys and Hills
8 Cemophora coccinea Northern Scarletsnake Same Level IV ecoregion, within 30 miles Central Plateau
8 Hyla cinerea Green Treefrog Same Level IV ecoregion, within 30 miles Eastern Ozark Border
8 Macrochelys temminckii Alligator Snapping Turtle Same watershed, within 30 miles Big

Checklist

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Notes

1 This species is not native to Missouri. Thus far, non-native reptiles in Missouri have only been found in urban areas and do not appear to constitute a threat to our native herpetofauna. This is not the case everywhere and non-native species that become invasive are considered by many biologists to be a major threat, second only to habitat loss, to our native species. Care should be taken to prevent the spread of this and all non-native species. Furthermore, it is illegal to release non-native species into the environment.