Missouri, Kansas, and Iowa Herp List
May 2017
I met with a gang of out-of-towners (Matt Cage, Mike Pingleton, Dan Rosenberg, Kevin Caldwell) and some local experts (Court Gaverth in Missouri/Kansas, Jim & Laura Scharosch and Don Becker in Iowa) for four days of intensive daytime herping in this snake-rich area. I ended up seeing 377 snakes in four days (!), though admittedly 214 of them were the same abundant type. I'll let you guess which type that was.
Lizards
ScincidaeSkinks
Plestiodon fasciatus
Common Five-lined Skink
Snakes
ColubridaeHarmless Egg-laying Snakes
Coluber constrictor flaviventris
Eastern Yellow-bellied Racer
new subspecies
Lampropeltis calligaster
Prairie Kingsnake
new species
Lampropeltis holbrooki
Speckled Kingsnake
new species
Lampropeltis triangulum
Eastern Milksnake
new species
Pantherophis obsoletus
Western Ratsnake
new species
Pantherophis ramspotti
Western Foxsnake
new species
DipsadidaeRear-fanged Snakes
Carphophis vermis
Western Wormsnake
new species
Diadophis punctatus arnyi
Prairie Ring-necked Snake
NatriciidaeHarmless Live-bearing Snakes
Nerodia rhombifer rhombifer
Northern Diamond-backed Watersnake
Nerodia sipedon sipedon
Common Watersnake
Regina grahamii
Graham’s Crawfish Snake
new species
Storeria dekayi
Dekay’s Brownsnake
new species
Thamnophis radix
Plains Gartersnake
new species
Thamnophis sirtalis parietalis
Red-sided Gartersnake
new subspecies
ViperidaeVipers
Agkistrodon contortrix
Eastern Copperhead
new species
Crotalus horridus
Timber Rattlesnake
Turtles and Tortoises
EmydidaeBox and Pond Turtles
Chrysemys picta belli
Western Painted Turtle
Graptemys pseudogeographica pseudogeographica
Northern False Map Turtle
new species
Terrapene ornata ornata
Plains Box Turtle
Frogs and Toads
BufonidaeTrue Toads
Anaxyrus americanus americanus
Eastern American Toad
new subspecies
HylidaeTreefrogs
Acris blanchardi
Blanchard’s Cricket Frog
MicrohylidaeNarrowmouth Toads
Gastrophryne olivacea
Western Narrow-mouthed Toad
new species
RanidaeTrue Frogs
Lithobates blairi
Plains Leopard Frog
new species
Lithobates catesbeianus
American Bullfrog
Summary
Lizards:
Snakes:
Turtles and Tortoises:
Frogs and Toads:
total:
new species:
new subspecies:
1
16
3
6
26
13
3