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Vernon County, Missouri


Species List

Salamanders (Caudata)

Frogs (Anura)

Lizards (Lacertilia)

Snakes (Serpentes)

Turtles (Testudines)

Collection Summary

Vernon County has a total of 295 valid, non-duplicated collections representing 46 species and 75 localities. There are a total of 34 collectors and 65 collection dates for the county. This results in a total of 70 expeditions for the county, a measure of unique date / collector(s) combinations. The county's earliest collection year is 1904 and its most recent collection year is 2018. The earliest and latest collection dates (independent of earliest and most recent collection years) are February 6 and October 17, respectively. If you have a new record to report for Vernon County, read the New Records section of the FAQ.

Collection Summary by Species

Collection summary for Vernon 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 4 4 3 4 4 1904 1982
Agkistrodon contortrix Copperhead 1 2 2 2 2 1937 1937
Ambystoma texanum Small-mouthed Salamander 1 1 1 1 1 2012 2012
Anaxyrus americanus American Toad 3 3 4 3 3 1938 2015
Anaxyrus fowleri Fowler's Toad 1 1 1 1 1 1934 1934
Apalone spinifera Eastern Spiny Softshell 1 2 1 1 1
Aspidoscelis sexlineata Six-lined Racerunner 2 14 1 6 6 1936 1937
Chelydra serpentina Snapping Turtle 4 4 3 3 3 1937 2006
Chrysemys picta Western Painted Turtle 2 3 2 2 2 1937 2006
Coluber constrictor North American Racer 2 3 2 3 3 1936 1937
Coluber flagellum Eastern Coachwhip 1 1 1 1 1
Crotaphytus collaris Eastern Collared Lizard 1 1 1 1 1 1957 1957
Diadophis punctatus Ring-necked Snake 2 2 2 2 2 1982 1987
Heterodon platirhinos Eastern Hog-nosed Snake 1 1 1 1 1 1936 1936
Hyla chrysoscelis Cope's Gray Treefrog 1 1 1 1 1 1988 1988
Lampropeltis calligaster Prairie Kingsnake 3 3 2 3 3 1937 1937
Lampropeltis holbrooki Speckled Kingsnake 1 1 1 1 1 1988 1988
Lithobates areolatus Northern Crawfish Frog 2 2 1 2 2 1989 1989
Lithobates blairi Plains Leopard Frog 1 1 1 1 1 2001 2001
Lithobates catesbeianus American Bullfrog 4 4 10 4 4 1982 2002
Lithobates sphenocephalus Southern Leopard Frog 1 1 1 1 1 1904 1904
Nerodia erythrogaster Plain-bellied Watersnake 12 96 6 13 13 1934 2006
Nerodia rhombifer Diamond-backed Watersnake 6 38 4 8 8 1937 2016
Nerodia sipedon Common Watersnake 5 36 2 5 5 1934 1937
Notophthalmus viridescens Central Newt 1 1 1 1 1 2009 2009
Opheodrys aestivus Northern Rough Greensnake 4 4 4 4 4 1969 2017
Ophisaurus attenuatus Western Slender Glass Lizard 1 2 1 2 2 1987 1988
Pantherophis obsoletus Western Ratsnake 5 5 4 5 5 1937 2018
Phrynosoma cornutum Texas Horned Lizard 1 1 1 1 1
Pituophis catenifer Bullsnake 5 5 3 5 5 1937 1964
Plestiodon anthracinus Southern Coal Skink 1 1 1 1 1 1982 1982
Plestiodon fasciatus Common Five-lined Skink 2 3 2 2 2 1937 1937
Plestiodon obsoletus Great Plains Skink 2 2 2 2 2 1957 1957
Pseudacris crucifer Spring Peeper 1 1 1 1 1 1989 1989
Pseudacris maculata Boreal Chorus Frog 1 1 1 1 1 1989 1989
Sceloporus consobrinus Prairie Lizard 2 2 2 2 2 1937 1937
Scincella lateralis Little Brown Skink 2 2 4 2 2 1987 2017
Sternotherus odoratus Eastern Musk Turtle 5 7 4 5 5 1904 2006
Storeria dekayi DeKay's Brownsnake 1 1 1 1 1 1904 1904
Tantilla gracilis Flat-headed Snake 1 1 1 1 1
Terrapene carolina Three-toed Box Turtle 7 9 7 7 7 1934 2018
Terrapene ornata Ornate Box Turtle 8 9 9 6 7 1934 2014
Thamnophis proximus Orange-striped Ribbonsnake 1 1 1 1 1
Thamnophis sirtalis Common Gartersnake 2 2 1 2 2 1976 1987
Trachemys scripta Red-eared Slider 8 8 8 8 8 1936 2018
Tropidoclonion lineatum Lined Snake 1 1 1 1 1 1989 1989

Potential Species Records

Potential species for Vernon 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 Cherokee Plains
2 Ambystoma maculatum Spotted Salamander Same Level IV ecoregion, within 5 miles Cherokee Plains
2 Graptemys ouachitensis Ouachita Map Turtle Same watershed, within 5 miles Harry S. Truman Reservoir
2 Graptemys pseudogeographica False Map Turtle Same watershed, within 5 miles Harry S. Truman Reservoir
2 Haldea striatula Rough Earthsnake Same Level IV ecoregion, within 5 miles Cherokee Plains
2 Lampropeltis triangulum Eastern Milksnake Same Level IV ecoregion, within 5 miles Cherokee Plains
2 Lampropeltis triangulum Eastern Milksnake Same Level IV ecoregion, within 5 miles Cherokee Plains
2 Lithobates palustris Pickerel Frog Same Level IV ecoregion, within 5 miles Cherokee Plains
2 Lithobates palustris Pickerel Frog Same Level IV ecoregion, within 5 miles Cherokee Plains
2 Pantherophis emoryi Great Plains Ratsnake Same Level IV ecoregion, within 5 miles Cherokee Plains
4 Plestiodon laticeps Broad-headed Skink Same Level IV ecoregion, within 10 miles Cherokee Plains
4 Plestiodon septentrionalis Prairie Skink Same Level IV ecoregion, within 10 miles Cherokee Plains
4 Plestiodon septentrionalis Prairie Skink Same Level IV ecoregion, within 10 miles Cherokee Plains
4 Regina grahamii Graham's Crawfish Snake Same watershed, within 10 miles Marmaton
6 Agkistrodon piscivorus Western Cottonmouth Same watershed, within 20 miles Sac
6 Apalone mutica Midland Smooth Softshell Same watershed, within 20 miles Harry S. Truman Reservoir
6 Carphophis vermis Western Wormsnake Same Level IV ecoregion, within 20 miles Cherokee Plains
6 Carphophis vermis Western Wormsnake Same Level IV ecoregion, within 20 miles Wooded Osage Plains
6 Carphophis vermis Western Wormsnake Same Level IV ecoregion, within 20 miles Wooded Osage Plains
6 Carphophis vermis Western Wormsnake Same Level IV ecoregion, within 20 miles Cherokee Plains
6 Gastrophryne carolinensis Eastern Narrow-mouthed Toad Same Level IV ecoregion, within 20 miles Cherokee Plains
6 Gastrophryne olivacea Western Narrow-mouthed Toad Same Level IV ecoregion, within 20 miles Wooded Osage Plains
6 Gastrophryne olivacea Western Narrow-mouthed Toad Same Level IV ecoregion, within 20 miles Wooded Osage Plains
6 Pseudemys concinna River Cooter Same watershed, within 20 miles Sac
8 Ambystoma opacum Marbled Salamander Same Level IV ecoregion, within 30 miles Cherokee Plains
8 Ambystoma opacum Marbled Salamander Same Level IV ecoregion, within 30 miles Cherokee Plains
8 Crotalus horridus Timber Rattlesnake Same Level IV ecoregion, within 30 miles Cherokee Plains
8 Crotalus horridus Timber Rattlesnake Same Level IV ecoregion, within 30 miles Cherokee Plains
8 Crotalus horridus Timber Rattlesnake Same Level IV ecoregion, within 30 miles Wooded Osage Plains
8 Crotalus horridus Timber Rattlesnake Same Level IV ecoregion, within 30 miles Wooded Osage Plains
8 Graptemys geographica Northern Map Turtle Same watershed, within 30 miles Sac
8 Hyla versicolor Gray Treefrog Same Level IV ecoregion, within 30 miles Cherokee Plains
8 Hyla versicolor Gray Treefrog Same Level IV ecoregion, within 30 miles Wooded Osage Plains
8 Hyla versicolor Gray Treefrog Same Level IV ecoregion, within 30 miles Wooded Osage Plains
8 Hyla versicolor Gray Treefrog Same Level IV ecoregion, within 30 miles Cherokee Plains
8 Kinosternon flavescens Yellow Mud Turtle Same Level IV ecoregion, within 30 miles Cherokee Plains
8 Necturus maculosus Mudpuppy Same watershed, within 30 miles Harry S. Truman Reservoir
8 Plethodon serratus Southern Red-backed Salamander Same Level IV ecoregion, within 30 miles Cherokee Plains
10 Ambystoma tigrinum Eastern Tiger Salamander Same Level IV ecoregion, adjacent county Wooded Osage Plains
10 Ambystoma tigrinum Eastern Tiger Salamander Same Level IV ecoregion, adjacent county Wooded Osage Plains
10 Eurycea longicauda Long-tailed Salamander Same Level IV ecoregion, adjacent county Wooded Osage Plains
10 Eurycea longicauda Long-tailed Salamander Same Level IV ecoregion, adjacent county Wooded Osage Plains
10 Storeria occipitomaculata Northern Red-bellied Snake Same Level IV ecoregion, adjacent county Wooded Osage Plains
10 Virginia valeriae Western Smooth Earthsnake Same Level IV ecoregion, adjacent county Wooded Osage Plains

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