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Platte County, Missouri


Species List

Salamanders (Caudata)

Frogs (Anura)

Lizards (Lacertilia)

Snakes (Serpentes)

Turtles (Testudines)

Collection Summary

Platte County has a total of 109 valid, non-duplicated collections representing 35 species and 47 localities. There are a total of 21 collectors and 51 collection dates for the county. This results in a total of 53 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 2019. The earliest and latest collection dates (independent of earliest and most recent collection years) are March 10 and October 17, respectively. If you have a new record to report for Platte County, read the New Records section of the FAQ.

Collection Summary by Species

Collection summary for Platte 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 5 3 3 1966 2014
Agkistrodon contortrix Copperhead 3 4 3 4 4 1939 1960
Ambystoma texanum Small-mouthed Salamander 1 1 1 1 1 1992 1992
Ambystoma tigrinum Eastern Tiger Salamander 4 6 3 4 4 1961 2010
Anaxyrus americanus American Toad 1 2 1 1 1 1941 1941
Anaxyrus cognatus Great Plains Toad 1 1 1 1 1 2015 2015
Anaxyrus woodhousii Woodhouse's Toad 2 4 1 2 2 1942 1961
Apalone spinifera Eastern Spiny Softshell 1 1 2 1 1 2006 2006
Carphophis vermis Western Wormsnake 2 3 2 2 2 1958 2019
Chelydra serpentina Snapping Turtle 2 2 2 2 2 1931 1961
Chrysemys picta Western Painted Turtle 1 2 2 2 2 1961 1961
Coluber constrictor North American Racer 4 4 3 4 4 1931 1950
Crotalus horridus Timber Rattlesnake 5 7 1 2 2 1948 1948
Diadophis punctatus Ring-necked Snake 2 6 1 2 2 1939 1983
Gastrophryne olivacea Western Narrow-mouthed Toad 5 11 5 5 6 1938 1966
Hyla chrysoscelis Cope's Gray Treefrog 1 1 2 1 1 1992 1992
Lampropeltis calligaster Prairie Kingsnake 1 1 1 1 1 1962 1962
Lampropeltis triangulum Eastern Milksnake 1 1 1 1 1 1960 1960
Lithobates blairi Plains Leopard Frog 3 3 3 3 3 1931 2011
Lithobates catesbeianus American Bullfrog 1 1 1 1 1 2015 2015
Nerodia erythrogaster Plain-bellied Watersnake 1 15 1 1 1 1958 1958
Nerodia sipedon Common Watersnake 3 3 3 3 3 1960 2011
Pantherophis emoryi Great Plains Ratsnake 1 2 2 1 2 1970 1970
Pantherophis obsoletus Western Ratsnake 2 2 1 2 2 1983 1983
Plestiodon fasciatus Common Five-lined Skink 2 5 2 3 3 1958 2011
Plestiodon septentrionalis Prairie Skink 1 1 1 1 1 1949 1949
Pseudacris maculata Boreal Chorus Frog 1 1 1 1 1 1961 1961
Regina grahamii Graham's Crawfish Snake 1 1 2 1 1 1992 1992
Sistrurus tergeminus Prairie Massasauga 3 7 2 4 4 1940 1941
Spea bombifrons Plains Spadefoot 1 1 1 1 1 1942 1942
Storeria dekayi DeKay's Brownsnake 1 1 1 1 1 2014 2014
Terrapene carolina Three-toed Box Turtle 1 1 1 1 1 2011 2011
Thamnophis radix Plains Gartersnake 1 1 1 1 1
Thamnophis sirtalis Common Gartersnake 2 2 2 2 2 1962 1962
Trachemys scripta Red-eared Slider 2 2 3 2 2 1961 2002

Potential Species Records

Potential species for Platte 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 fowleri Fowler's Toad Same Level IV ecoregion, within 5 miles Missouri Alluvial Plain
2 Apalone mutica Midland Smooth Softshell Same watershed, within 5 miles Independence-Sugar
2 Aspidoscelis sexlineata Six-lined Racerunner 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 Graptemys pseudogeographica False Map Turtle Same watershed, within 5 miles Independence-Sugar
2 Heterodon platirhinos Eastern Hog-nosed Snake Same Level IV ecoregion, within 5 miles Missouri Alluvial Plain
2 Hyla versicolor Gray Treefrog Same Level IV ecoregion, within 5 miles Loess Flats and Till Plains
2 Hyla versicolor Gray Treefrog Same Level IV ecoregion, within 5 miles Rolling Loess Prairies
2 Kinosternon flavescens Yellow Mud Turtle Same Level IV ecoregion, within 5 miles Missouri Alluvial Plain
2 Lithobates pipiens Northern Leopard Frog Same Level IV ecoregion, within 5 miles Osage Cuestas
2 Lithobates sphenocephalus Southern Leopard Frog Same Level IV ecoregion, within 5 miles Osage Cuestas
2 Opheodrys aestivus Northern Rough Greensnake Same Level IV ecoregion, within 5 miles Osage Cuestas
2 Opheodrys aestivus Northern Rough Greensnake Same Level IV ecoregion, within 5 miles Missouri Alluvial Plain
2 Ophisaurus attenuatus Western Slender Glass Lizard Same Level IV ecoregion, within 5 miles Osage Cuestas
2 Pituophis catenifer Bullsnake 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 Plestiodon obsoletus Great Plains Skink Same Level IV ecoregion, within 5 miles Osage Cuestas
2 Pseudacris crucifer Spring Peeper Same Level IV ecoregion, within 5 miles Missouri Alluvial Plain
2 Terrapene ornata Ornate Box Turtle Same Level IV ecoregion, within 5 miles Missouri Alluvial Plain
2 Tropidoclonion lineatum Lined Snake Same Level IV ecoregion, within 5 miles Rolling Loess Prairies
2 Tropidoclonion lineatum Lined Snake Same Level IV ecoregion, within 5 miles Missouri Alluvial Plain
2 Tropidoclonion lineatum Lined Snake Same Level IV ecoregion, within 5 miles Osage Cuestas
3 Lampropeltis holbrooki Speckled Kingsnake Same Level III ecoregion, within 5 miles Western Corn Belt Plains
3 Storeria occipitomaculata Northern Red-bellied Snake 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 Nerodia rhombifer Diamond-backed Watersnake Same Level IV ecoregion, within 10 miles Rolling Loess Prairies
4 Sceloporus consobrinus Prairie Lizard Same Level IV ecoregion, within 10 miles Osage Cuestas
4 Scincella lateralis Little Brown Skink Same Level IV ecoregion, within 10 miles Osage Cuestas
4 Thamnophis proximus Orange-striped Ribbonsnake Same Level IV ecoregion, within 10 miles Rolling Loess Prairies
4 Thamnophis proximus Orange-striped Ribbonsnake Same Level IV ecoregion, within 10 miles Osage Cuestas
6 Hemidactylus turcicus 1 Mediterranean Gecko Same Level IV ecoregion, within 20 miles Osage Cuestas
6 Necturus maculosus Mudpuppy Same watershed, within 20 miles Lower Missouri-Crooked
6 Opheodrys vernalis Smooth Greensnake Same Level IV ecoregion, within 20 miles Missouri Alluvial Plain
6 Plestiodon anthracinus Southern Coal Skink Same Level IV ecoregion, within 20 miles Osage Cuestas
6 Sternotherus odoratus Eastern Musk Turtle Same watershed, within 20 miles Lower Missouri-Crooked
7 Crotaphytus collaris Eastern Collared Lizard Same Level III ecoregion, within 20 miles Western Corn Belt Plains
7 Crotaphytus collaris Eastern Collared Lizard Same Level III ecoregion, within 20 miles Central Irregular Plains
8 Hyla cinerea Green Treefrog Same Level IV ecoregion, within 30 miles Osage Cuestas
8 Lithobates areolatus Northern Crawfish Frog Same Level IV ecoregion, within 30 miles Osage Cuestas
8 Pantherophis ramspotti Western Foxsnake Same Level IV ecoregion, within 30 miles Rolling Loess Prairies
8 Podarcis siculus 1 Italian Wall Lizard Same Level IV ecoregion, within 30 miles Osage Cuestas
9 Ambystoma maculatum Spotted Salamander Same Level III ecoregion, within 30 miles Western Corn Belt Plains
10 Lithobates clamitans Green Frog Same Level IV ecoregion, adjacent county Loess Flats and Till Plains

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.