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Ray County, Missouri


Species List

Salamanders (Caudata)

Frogs (Anura)

Lizards (Lacertilia)

Snakes (Serpentes)

Turtles (Testudines)

Collection Summary

Ray County has a total of 180 valid, non-duplicated collections representing 35 species and 39 localities. There are a total of 14 collectors and 40 collection dates for the county. This results in a total of 45 expeditions for the county, a measure of unique date / collector(s) combinations. The county's earliest collection year is 1950 and its most recent collection year is 2007. The earliest and latest collection dates (independent of earliest and most recent collection years) are March 26 and October 25, respectively. If you have a new record to report for Ray County, read the New Records section of the FAQ.

Collection Summary by Species

Collection summary for Ray 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 1 1 2 1 1 2006 2006
Agkistrodon contortrix Copperhead 4 24 1 7 7 1950 1961
Ambystoma tigrinum Eastern Tiger Salamander 3 4 2 3 3 1951 1956
Anaxyrus americanus American Toad 1 5 1 1 1 1956 1956
Anaxyrus woodhousii Woodhouse's Toad 1 1 1 1 1 1989 1989
Carphophis vermis Western Wormsnake 3 5 2 4 4 1951 1965
Chelydra serpentina Snapping Turtle 2 2 1 2 2 1985 1985
Chrysemys picta Western Painted Turtle 4 8 3 3 3 1956 2003
Coluber constrictor North American Racer 6 10 1 6 6 1951 1962
Crotalus horridus Timber Rattlesnake 4 58 3 8 8 1951 2007
Diadophis punctatus Ring-necked Snake 3 8 1 4 4 1951 1960
Gastrophryne olivacea Western Narrow-mouthed Toad 1 2 1 1 1 1965 1965
Graptemys pseudogeographica False Map Turtle 2 2 1 1 1
Heterodon platirhinos Eastern Hog-nosed Snake 1 1 1 1 1 1965 1965
Hyla chrysoscelis Cope's Gray Treefrog 1 1 1 1 1 1982 1982
Hyla versicolor Gray Treefrog 1 1 2 1 1 1992 1992
Kinosternon flavescens Yellow Mud Turtle 1 1 1 1 1 1989 1989
Lampropeltis calligaster Prairie Kingsnake 2 2 2 2 2 1953 1953
Lampropeltis holbrooki Speckled Kingsnake 2 2 2 2 2 1951 1951
Lampropeltis triangulum Eastern Milksnake 2 2 1 2 2 1957 1961
Lithobates blairi Plains Leopard Frog 1 1 1 1 1 1987 1987
Lithobates catesbeianus American Bullfrog 3 3 3 3 3 1959 1982
Lithobates sphenocephalus Southern Leopard Frog 1 1 1 1 1 1959 1959
Nerodia rhombifer Diamond-backed Watersnake 1 1 1 1 1 1994 1994
Nerodia sipedon Common Watersnake 3 3 4 3 3 1950 2007
Pantherophis obsoletus Western Ratsnake 2 16 2 7 7 1951 1953
Pituophis catenifer Bullsnake 1 1 2 1 1 1992 1992
Plestiodon fasciatus Common Five-lined Skink 1 2 1 1 1 1960 1960
Spea bombifrons Plains Spadefoot 1 1 1 1 1 1961 1961
Storeria dekayi DeKay's Brownsnake 1 1 1 1 1 1963 1963
Terrapene ornata Ornate Box Turtle 2 2 3 2 2 1985 2007
Thamnophis proximus Orange-striped Ribbonsnake 1 1 2 1 1 1992 1992
Thamnophis sirtalis Common Gartersnake 2 2 2 2 2 1960 1960
Trachemys scripta Red-eared Slider 3 4 2 3 3 1987 2003
Tropidoclonion lineatum Lined Snake 1 1 1 1 1 1962 1962

Potential Species Records

Potential species for Ray 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 maculatum Spotted Salamander Same Level IV ecoregion, within 5 miles Rolling Loess Prairies
2 Aspidoscelis sexlineata Six-lined Racerunner Same Level IV ecoregion, within 5 miles Missouri Alluvial Plain
2 Aspidoscelis sexlineata Six-lined Racerunner Same Level IV ecoregion, within 5 miles Loess Flats and Till Plains
2 Nerodia erythrogaster Plain-bellied Watersnake Same Level IV ecoregion, within 5 miles Missouri Alluvial Plain
2 Nerodia erythrogaster Plain-bellied Watersnake Same Level IV ecoregion, within 5 miles Rolling Loess Prairies
2 Opheodrys aestivus Northern Rough Greensnake Same Level IV ecoregion, within 5 miles Missouri Alluvial Plain
2 Opheodrys vernalis Smooth 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 Loess Flats and Till Plains
2 Pseudacris maculata Boreal Chorus Frog Same Level IV ecoregion, within 5 miles Loess Flats and Till Plains
2 Pseudacris maculata Boreal Chorus Frog Same Level IV ecoregion, within 5 miles Missouri Alluvial Plain
2 Virginia valeriae Western Smooth Earthsnake Same Level IV ecoregion, within 5 miles Rolling Loess Prairies
4 Ambystoma texanum Small-mouthed Salamander Same Level IV ecoregion, within 10 miles Rolling Loess Prairies
4 Ambystoma texanum Small-mouthed Salamander Same Level IV ecoregion, within 10 miles Missouri Alluvial Plain
4 Anaxyrus cognatus Great Plains Toad Same Level IV ecoregion, within 10 miles Rolling Loess Prairies
4 Apalone spinifera Eastern Spiny Softshell Same watershed, within 10 miles Lower Missouri-Crooked
4 Coluber flagellum Eastern Coachwhip Same Level IV ecoregion, within 10 miles Missouri Alluvial Plain
4 Necturus maculosus Mudpuppy Same watershed, within 10 miles Lower Missouri-Crooked
4 Regina grahamii Graham's Crawfish Snake Same watershed, within 10 miles Lower Missouri-Crooked
4 Scincella lateralis Little Brown Skink Same Level IV ecoregion, within 10 miles Rolling Loess Prairies
4 Sternotherus odoratus Eastern Musk Turtle Same watershed, within 10 miles Lower Missouri-Crooked
4 Terrapene carolina Three-toed Box Turtle Same Level IV ecoregion, within 10 miles Rolling Loess Prairies
4 Thamnophis radix Plains Gartersnake Same Level IV ecoregion, within 10 miles Missouri Alluvial Plain
6 Apalone mutica Midland Smooth Softshell Same watershed, within 20 miles Upper Grand
6 Apalone mutica Midland Smooth Softshell Same watershed, within 20 miles Lower Missouri-Crooked
6 Crotaphytus collaris Eastern Collared Lizard Same Level IV ecoregion, within 20 miles Rolling Loess Prairies
6 Plestiodon obsoletus Great Plains Skink Same Level IV ecoregion, within 20 miles Missouri Alluvial Plain
8 Lithobates areolatus Northern Crawfish Frog Same Level IV ecoregion, within 30 miles Missouri Alluvial Plain
8 Plestiodon laticeps Broad-headed Skink Same Level IV ecoregion, within 30 miles Rolling Loess Prairies
8 Pseudacris crucifer Spring Peeper Same Level IV ecoregion, within 30 miles Loess Flats and Till Plains
8 Sistrurus tergeminus Prairie Massasauga Same Level IV ecoregion, within 30 miles Loess Flats and Till Plains
8 Sistrurus tergeminus Prairie Massasauga Same Level IV ecoregion, within 30 miles Missouri Alluvial Plain
8 Sistrurus tergeminus Prairie Massasauga Same Level IV ecoregion, within 30 miles Rolling Loess Prairies
8 Tantilla gracilis Flat-headed Snake Same Level IV ecoregion, within 30 miles Rolling Loess Prairies
10 Lithobates clamitans Green Frog Same Level IV ecoregion, adjacent county Loess Flats and Till Plains
10 Pantherophis emoryi Great Plains Ratsnake Same Level IV ecoregion, adjacent county Rolling Loess Prairies
10 Storeria occipitomaculata Northern Red-bellied Snake Same Level IV ecoregion, adjacent county Loess Flats and Till Plains

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