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McDonald County, Missouri


Species List

Salamanders (Caudata)

Frogs (Anura)

Lizards (Lacertilia)

Snakes (Serpentes)

Turtles (Testudines)

Collection Summary

McDonald County has a total of 465 valid, non-duplicated collections representing 53 species and 121 localities. There are a total of 39 collectors and 95 collection dates for the county. This results in a total of 100 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 2013. The earliest and latest collection dates (independent of earliest and most recent collection years) are February 24 and December 28, respectively. If you have a new record to report for McDonald County, read the New Records section of the FAQ.

Collection Summary by Species

Collection summary for McDonald 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 5 6 5 5 5 1906 1944
Agkistrodon contortrix Copperhead 6 6 4 4 4 1991 2009
Ambystoma maculatum Spotted Salamander 1 1 2 1 1 1997 1997
Anaxyrus americanus American Toad 5 7 5 5 5 1906 2009
Anaxyrus fowleri Fowler's Toad 1 1 2 1 1 1991 1991
Carphophis vermis Western Wormsnake 6 11 7 6 7 1930 2013
Chelydra serpentina Snapping Turtle 1 1 1 1 1 1906 1906
Coluber constrictor North American Racer 3 3 3 3 3 1930 1972
Coluber flagellum Eastern Coachwhip 1 1 1 1 1 1968 1968
Diadophis punctatus Ring-necked Snake 3 9 3 4 4 1936 1982
Eurycea longicauda Long-tailed Salamander 21 30 5 20 20 1913 2009
Eurycea lucifuga Cave Salamander 4 13 4 4 4 1906 1991
Eurycea spelaea Grotto Salamander 6 6 2 6 6 1952 1985
Eurycea tynerensis Oklahoma Salamander 27 181 4 24 24 1952 1985
Gastrophryne carolinensis Eastern Narrow-mouthed Toad 1 1 2 1 1 1991 1991
Graptemys geographica Northern Map Turtle 5 15 4 5 5 1936 2010
Graptemys pseudogeographica False Map Turtle 1 1 1 1 1 1945 1945
Haldea striatula Rough Earthsnake 2 3 2 2 2 1972 1978
Heterodon platirhinos Eastern Hog-nosed Snake 1 2 1 1 1 1930 1930
Hyla chrysoscelis Cope's Gray Treefrog 2 2 3 2 2 1991 2002
Hyla versicolor Gray Treefrog 3 4 4 3 3 1991 2002
Lampropeltis calligaster Prairie Kingsnake 1 1 1 1 1 1962 1962
Lampropeltis holbrooki Speckled Kingsnake 2 10 2 4 4 1922 2002
Lampropeltis triangulum Eastern Milksnake 1 1 1 1 1
Lithobates catesbeianus American Bullfrog 2 3 3 3 3 1906 1944
Lithobates clamitans Green Frog 1 1 1 1 1 2009 2009
Lithobates palustris Pickerel Frog 3 3 5 3 3 1985 2010
Lithobates sphenocephalus Southern Leopard Frog 2 7 3 3 3 1906 2009
Nerodia erythrogaster Plain-bellied Watersnake 3 4 3 3 3 1930 2003
Nerodia rhombifer Diamond-backed Watersnake 1 2 1 1 1 1930 1930
Nerodia sipedon Common Watersnake 9 24 4 7 7 1930 1982
Notophthalmus viridescens Central Newt 3 3 3 3 3 1972 2009
Opheodrys aestivus Northern Rough Greensnake 2 3 2 2 2 1930 1976
Pantherophis emoryi Great Plains Ratsnake 2 3 2 2 2 1930 1947
Pantherophis obsoletus Western Ratsnake 3 4 3 4 4 1930 2002
Phrynosoma cornutum Texas Horned Lizard 1 1 1 1 1
Plestiodon anthracinus Southern Coal Skink 2 2 2 2 2 1972 1982
Plestiodon fasciatus Common Five-lined Skink 5 6 4 4 4 1906 1972
Plestiodon laticeps Broad-headed Skink 1 1 1 1 1 1998 1998
Plethodon albagula Western Slimy Salamander 4 6 4 4 4 1952 1957
Plethodon angusticlavius Ozark Zigzag Salamander 5 9 5 4 5 1957 2013
Pseudacris crucifer Spring Peeper 2 3 2 2 2 1949 2013
Pseudemys concinna River Cooter 2 2 3 2 2 1954 2010
Sceloporus consobrinus Prairie Lizard 3 6 3 4 4 1906 1972
Scincella lateralis Little Brown Skink 3 5 4 3 3 1937 1992
Sistrurus miliarius Western Pygmy Rattlesnake 1 1 1 1 1 2011 2011
Sonora semiannulata Variable Groundsnake 4 29 6 9 9 1958 1982
Sternotherus odoratus Eastern Musk Turtle 3 6 2 3 3 1975 1984
Storeria dekayi DeKay's Brownsnake 1 1 1 1 1 1982 1982
Tantilla gracilis Flat-headed Snake 5 8 4 6 6 1937 1978
Terrapene carolina Three-toed Box Turtle 1 1 1 1 1 1976 1976
Thamnophis sirtalis Common Gartersnake 3 3 3 3 3 1930 1982
Trachemys scripta Red-eared Slider 2 2 3 2 2 1984 2010

Potential Species Records

Potential species for McDonald 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 Kinosternon flavescens Yellow Mud Turtle Same Level IV ecoregion, within 5 miles Springfield Plateau
2 Pituophis catenifer Bullsnake Same Level IV ecoregion, within 5 miles Springfield Plateau
2 Pseudacris maculata Boreal Chorus Frog Same Level IV ecoregion, within 5 miles Springfield Plateau
2 Storeria occipitomaculata Northern Red-bellied Snake Same Level IV ecoregion, within 5 miles Springfield Plateau
4 Aspidoscelis sexlineata Six-lined Racerunner Same Level IV ecoregion, within 10 miles Springfield Plateau
4 Crotaphytus collaris Eastern Collared Lizard Same Level IV ecoregion, within 10 miles Springfield Plateau
4 Terrapene ornata Ornate Box Turtle Same Level IV ecoregion, within 10 miles Springfield Plateau
6 Ambystoma tigrinum Eastern Tiger Salamander Same Level IV ecoregion, within 20 miles Springfield Plateau
6 Chrysemys picta Western Painted Turtle Same Level IV ecoregion, within 20 miles Springfield Plateau
6 Hemidactylus turcicus 1 Mediterranean Gecko Same Level IV ecoregion, within 20 miles Springfield Plateau
6 Lithobates areolatus Northern Crawfish Frog Same Level IV ecoregion, within 20 miles Springfield Plateau
6 Ophisaurus attenuatus Western Slender Glass Lizard Same Level IV ecoregion, within 20 miles Springfield Plateau
6 Plestiodon obsoletus Great Plains Skink Same Level IV ecoregion, within 20 miles Springfield Plateau
6 Thamnophis proximus Orange-striped Ribbonsnake Same Level IV ecoregion, within 20 miles Springfield Plateau
6 Virginia valeriae Western Smooth Earthsnake Same Level IV ecoregion, within 20 miles Springfield Plateau
7 Lithobates sylvaticus Wood Frog Same Level III ecoregion, within 20 miles Ozark Highlands
8 Podarcis siculus 1 Italian Wall Lizard Same Level IV ecoregion, within 30 miles Springfield Plateau
9 Ambystoma annulatum Ringed Salamander Same Level III ecoregion, within 30 miles Ozark Highlands
9 Crotalus horridus Timber Rattlesnake Same Level III ecoregion, within 30 miles Ozark Highlands

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.