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Howard County, Missouri


Species List

Salamanders (Caudata)

Frogs (Anura)

Lizards (Lacertilia)

Snakes (Serpentes)

Turtles (Testudines)

Collection Summary

Howard County has a total of 271 valid, non-duplicated collections representing 43 species and 87 localities. There are a total of 22 collectors and 60 collection dates for the county. This results in a total of 67 expeditions for the county, a measure of unique date / collector(s) combinations. The county's earliest collection year is 1967 and its most recent collection year is 2015. The earliest and latest collection dates (independent of earliest and most recent collection years) are March 8 and November 4, respectively. If you have a new record to report for Howard County, read the New Records section of the FAQ.

Collection Summary by Species

Collection summary for Howard 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 3 3 2 2 1967 1999
Ambystoma maculatum Spotted Salamander 1 3 1 2 2 2002 2002
Ambystoma texanum Small-mouthed Salamander 1 2 3 1 1 1979 1979
Anaxyrus americanus American Toad 2 3 4 2 2 2001 2009
Anaxyrus cognatus Great Plains Toad 6 28 5 6 6 1969 2009
Anaxyrus fowleri Fowler's Toad 2 5 3 2 2 1997 1998
Anaxyrus woodhousii Woodhouse's Toad 5 11 4 3 3 1998 2009
Apalone mutica Midland Smooth Softshell 2 2 1 1 1
Apalone spinifera Eastern Spiny Softshell 2 2 1 2 2 2002 2005
Carphophis vermis Western Wormsnake 1 1 1 1 1
Chelydra serpentina Snapping Turtle 7 7 3 4 4 1999 2008
Chrysemys picta Western Painted Turtle 7 8 4 4 4 1997 2000
Coluber constrictor North American Racer 2 2 2 2 2 2000 2000
Crotalus horridus Timber Rattlesnake 1 1 1 1 1
Diadophis punctatus Ring-necked Snake 1 1 1 1 1 2008 2008
Graptemys pseudogeographica False Map Turtle 5 6 3 2 2 1999 1999
Heterodon platirhinos Eastern Hog-nosed Snake 5 6 3 4 4 1997 2011
Hyla versicolor Gray Treefrog 2 10 9 2 8 1967 1999
Lampropeltis calligaster Prairie Kingsnake 5 5 2 4 4 2002 2011
Lampropeltis holbrooki Speckled Kingsnake 1 1 1 1 1
Lampropeltis triangulum Eastern Milksnake 1 2 1 1 1
Lithobates blairi Plains Leopard Frog 4 5 5 3 3 1999 2009
Lithobates catesbeianus American Bullfrog 4 7 6 4 7 1967 2002
Lithobates clamitans Green Frog 2 3 1 2 2 2002 2011
Lithobates sphenocephalus Southern Leopard Frog 1 1 1 1 1 1967 1967
Nerodia sipedon Common Watersnake 5 5 3 3 3 1999 1999
Notophthalmus viridescens Central Newt 1 2 1 1 1 2002 2002
Opheodrys aestivus Northern Rough Greensnake 7 7 3 6 6 1999 2006
Pantherophis obsoletus Western Ratsnake 5 5 2 5 5 1999 2015
Plestiodon fasciatus Common Five-lined Skink 4 6 2 4 4 2000 2005
Plestiodon laticeps Broad-headed Skink 1 1 1 1 1
Pseudacris crucifer Spring Peeper 1 2 1 1 1 2002 2002
Pseudacris maculata Boreal Chorus Frog 1 3 2 1 1 1999 1999
Sceloporus consobrinus Prairie Lizard 1 1 1 1 1
Spea bombifrons Plains Spadefoot 7 86 5 7 8 1969 2001
Storeria dekayi DeKay's Brownsnake 4 4 2 4 4 1998 2003
Storeria occipitomaculata Northern Red-bellied Snake 2 2 1 2 2 2001 2006
Terrapene carolina Three-toed Box Turtle 3 3 1 2 2 1999 1999
Terrapene ornata Ornate Box Turtle 2 2 1 2 2 2003 2005
Thamnophis proximus Orange-striped Ribbonsnake 3 3 2 3 3 2000 2002
Thamnophis sirtalis Common Gartersnake 3 3 3 3 3 1968 2002
Trachemys scripta Red-eared Slider 7 8 3 4 4 1999 2015
Virginia valeriae Western Smooth Earthsnake 3 3 1 3 3 2003 2015

Potential Species Records

Potential species for Howard 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 Lithobates palustris Pickerel Frog Same Level IV ecoregion, within 5 miles River Hills
4 Agkistrodon contortrix Copperhead Same Level IV ecoregion, within 10 miles River Hills
6 Ambystoma tigrinum Eastern Tiger Salamander Same Level IV ecoregion, within 20 miles Loess Flats and Till Plains
6 Aspidoscelis sexlineata Six-lined Racerunner Same Level IV ecoregion, within 20 miles River Hills
6 Coluber flagellum Eastern Coachwhip Same Level IV ecoregion, within 20 miles River Hills
6 Coluber flagellum Eastern Coachwhip Same Level IV ecoregion, within 20 miles Claypan Prairie
6 Eurycea longicauda Long-tailed Salamander Same Level IV ecoregion, within 20 miles River Hills
6 Gastrophryne olivacea Western Narrow-mouthed Toad Same Level IV ecoregion, within 20 miles River Hills
6 Hyla chrysoscelis Cope's Gray Treefrog Same Level IV ecoregion, within 20 miles River Hills
6 Lithobates areolatus Northern Crawfish Frog Same Level IV ecoregion, within 20 miles Claypan Prairie
6 Nerodia rhombifer Diamond-backed Watersnake Same Level IV ecoregion, within 20 miles Missouri Alluvial Plain
6 Pantherophis emoryi Great Plains Ratsnake Same Level IV ecoregion, within 20 miles Claypan Prairie
6 Pantherophis emoryi Great Plains Ratsnake Same Level IV ecoregion, within 20 miles River Hills
6 Pituophis catenifer Bullsnake Same Level IV ecoregion, within 20 miles Claypan Prairie
6 Plestiodon anthracinus Southern Coal Skink Same Level IV ecoregion, within 20 miles River Hills
6 Plethodon albagula Western Slimy Salamander Same Level IV ecoregion, within 20 miles River Hills
6 Scincella lateralis Little Brown Skink Same Level IV ecoregion, within 20 miles River Hills
8 Haldea striatula Rough Earthsnake Same Level IV ecoregion, within 30 miles River Hills
8 Nerodia erythrogaster Plain-bellied Watersnake Same Level IV ecoregion, within 30 miles Missouri Alluvial Plain
8 Nerodia erythrogaster Plain-bellied Watersnake Same Level IV ecoregion, within 30 miles Loess Flats and Till Plains
8 Ophisaurus attenuatus Western Slender Glass Lizard Same Level IV ecoregion, within 30 miles Loess Flats and Till Plains
8 Sistrurus tergeminus Prairie Massasauga Same Level IV ecoregion, within 30 miles Claypan Prairie
8 Sistrurus tergeminus Prairie Massasauga Same Level IV ecoregion, within 30 miles Missouri Alluvial Plain
8 Thamnophis radix Plains Gartersnake Same Level IV ecoregion, within 30 miles Missouri Alluvial Plain
10 Gastrophryne carolinensis Eastern Narrow-mouthed Toad Same Level IV ecoregion, adjacent county River Hills
10 Lithobates sylvaticus Wood Frog Same Level IV ecoregion, adjacent county Loess Flats and Till Plains
10 Lithobates sylvaticus Wood Frog Same Level IV ecoregion, adjacent county River Hills
10 Opheodrys vernalis Smooth Greensnake Same Level IV ecoregion, adjacent county Rolling Loess Prairies
10 Opheodrys vernalis Smooth Greensnake Same Level IV ecoregion, adjacent county River Hills
10 Opheodrys vernalis Smooth Greensnake Same Level IV ecoregion, adjacent county Missouri Alluvial Plain
10 Opheodrys vernalis Smooth Greensnake Same Level IV ecoregion, adjacent county Loess Flats and Till Plains
10 Opheodrys vernalis Smooth Greensnake Same Level IV ecoregion, adjacent county Claypan Prairie
10 Regina grahamii Graham's Crawfish Snake Adjacent county, same watershed Little Chariton

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