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What

Smilax rotundifolia

Observer

brentwagner

Date

October 2, 2014

Place

poplar bluff (Google, OSM)

Description

Green vine with no thorns or pricks. Leaves un-lobed and shiny. Fruits are black to dark blue in color and fleshy

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What

Frangula caroliniana

Observer

brentwagner

Date

September 23, 2014

Place

poplar bluff (Google, OSM)

Description

Short tree. leaves entire and smooth. veins are very deep and fruits range from red to black and fleshy.

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What

Pecan Carya illinoinensis

Observer

brentwagner

Date

October 6, 2014

Place

Poplar bluff (Google, OSM)

Description

Very tall tree. Leaves pinnately odd. Fruit is a nut with a soft husk surrounding it green in color until it is dried then turns brown.

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What

Flowering Dogwood Cornus florida

Observer

brentwagner

Date

October 4, 2014

Place

poplar bluff (Google, OSM)

Description

Small single trunk tree with tear drop leaves. Red fruits in clusters and white flowers in the spring. Bark small scale like.

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What

Bald Cypress Taxodium distichum

Observer

brentwagner

Date

September 7, 2014

Place

Poplar Bluff (Google, OSM)

Description

Tall tree with needle like leaves. Redish tint bark. Knees coming out of the water. Fruits have fleshy skin around it but still has a naked seed.

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What

meadow holly Ilex decidua

Observer

brentwagner

Date

October 4, 2014

Place

Poplar Bluff (Google, OSM)

Description

Small single trunk tree. Leaves tear shaped and fruit red in color. Bark is light in color and smooth. Fruits are in clusters.

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What

Bush Honeysuckle Lonicera maackii

Observer

brentwagner

Date

October 26, 2014

Place

horseshoe valley drive (Google, OSM)

Description

Short shrub. Grows in a big group of the same shrubs. Fruits are red and the leaves are tear shaped. Hollow stem.

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What

Catalpa speciosa

Observer

brentwagner

Date

August 31, 2014

Place

Poplar Bluff (Google, OSM)

Description

Tall single trunk tree. Leaves heart shaped. Fruit a long think legume like pod that opens to release seeds. Bark hard and ridged.

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What

Eastern Redbud Cercis canadensis

Observer

brentwagner

Date

October 5, 2014

Place

lake loch loma missouri (Google, OSM)

Description

Short single truck tree. Has fruit (legumes) all over the branches. Flowers in spring and normally pink in color. Bark is flaky and dark color. Leaves heart shaped.

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What

Black Walnut Juglans nigra

Observer

brentwagner

Date

October 5, 2014

Place

Poplar Bluff (Google, OSM)

Description

Tall single trunk tree. Leaves odd pinnately compound. Fruit are a large nut with a fleshy husk with a brown corrugated nut. Bark light in color and hard.

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What

Sassafras Sassafras albidum

Observer

brentwagner

Date

October 5, 2014

Place

Poplar Bluff (Google, OSM)

Description

Small single trunk tree. Leaves vary can be 3, 2, or even un-lobed and very colorful in fall. Stem if broken has a smell to it like fruit loops.

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What

winged elm Ulmus alata

Observer

brentwagner

Date

October 5, 2014

Place

O hwy missouri (Google, OSM)

Description

Small young tree double serrated leaves. Has thin pair of corky wings on each side of the branchlets.

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What

Winged Sumac Rhus copallinum

Observer

brentwagner

Date

October 5, 2014

Place

o hwy missouri (Google, OSM)

Description

Short single trunk tree. Fruits red in color in a cluster at the end of the branch. Also has leaf wing axis this is a key feature to tell it apart from other sumacs.

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What

sweet gum Liquidambar styraciflua

Observer

brentwagner

Date

October 7, 2014

Place

Poplar Bluff (Google, OSM)

Description

Very tall tree. Single trunk park hard and light in color and looks like alligator skin. Fruits globose with many capsules and internal spikes.

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What

American Sycamore Platanus occidentalis

Observer

brentwagner

Date

October 5, 2014

Place

O hwy missouri (Google, OSM)

Description

Large tree approx 30 feet tall. Bark near crown peeling revealing white trunk. Leaves large, simple with lobing. Fruit a globose multiple of achenes.

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What

Bees and Allies Superfamily Apoidea

Observer

jeff_lesh

Date

June 26, 2014 02:16 PM HST

Place

Stone, Missouri, United States (Google, OSM)

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What

Icelandic Horses

Observer

gdcall

Date

the past

Place

38.6066..., -90.562... (Google, OSM)

Description

While visiting Iceland we had the opportunity to see some of the beautiful Icelandic Horses.

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What

Anopheles quadrimaculatus

Observer

lfelliott

Date

November 12, 2014

Place

38.9462..., -92.446... (Google, OSM)

Description

captured in house

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What

Gray Treefrog Hyla versicolor

Observer

benthebiologist

Date

May 6, 2012 10:51 AM CDT

Place

Puxico, Missouri, United States (Google, OSM)

Description

A Gray Treefrog.

Ah, crypsis!

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What

Fowler's Toad Anaxyrus fowleri

Observer

benthebiologist

Date

May 5, 2012 10:48 PM CDT

Place

Puxico, Missouri, United States (Google, OSM)

Description

Fowler's Toad.

I think this is a defensive "look-big" posture, possibly due to me bothering it to take this picture.

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What

Southern Leopard Frog Lithobates sphenocephalus

Observer

benthebiologist

Date

March 31, 2012 06:03 PM CDT

Place

Pineville, Missouri, United States (Google, OSM)

Description

A Southern Leopard Frog.

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What

Spring Peeper Pseudacris crucifer

Observer

benthebiologist

Date

November 5, 2011 04:05 PM CDT

Place

Bumgarden Ford, Missouri, United States (Google, OSM)

Description

A Spring Peeper.

Peepers can be identified by the cross-shaped pattern on the back.

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What

American Toad Anaxyrus americanus

Observer

benthebiologist

Date

March 15, 2013 07:41 PM CDT

Place

Point Lookout, Missouri, United States (Google, OSM)

Description

Ah, the American Toad.

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What

Black Ratsnake Pantherophis obsoletus

Observer

benthebiologist

Date

May 5, 2012 03:34 PM CDT

Place

Puxico, Missouri, United States (Google, OSM)

Description

The Black Ratsnake.

This individual was caught "red-handed" in the nest box of a wood duck.

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What

Pygmy Rattlesnake Sistrurus miliarius

Observer

benthebiologist

Date

August 15, 2014 10:33 PM CDT

Place

Saunders, Missouri, United States (Google, OSM)

Description

A Pygmy Rattlesnake.

Notice the reduced rattle at the tip of the tail.

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What

Northern Watersnake Nerodia sipedon

Observer

benthebiologist

Date

September 7, 2014 02:45 PM CDT

Place

Herrick Ford, Missouri, United States (Google, OSM)

Description

The Northern Watersnake.

This snake is commonly misidentified as a Cottonmouth, but is not venomous. (Although their musk is rather potent.)

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What

Yellowbelly Racer Coluber constrictor ssp. flaviventris

Observer

benthebiologist

Date

September 7, 2014 12:09 PM CDT

Place

Herrick Ford, Missouri, United States (Google, OSM)

Description

An Eastern Yellow-bellied Racer.

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What

Copperhead Agkistrodon contortrix ssp. phaeogaster

Observer

benthebiologist

Date

September 28, 2014 10:23 AM CDT

Place

Mincy, Missouri, United States (Google, OSM)

Description

The beautiful Copperhead.

These snakes are so cryptic with a forest-floor background, I've been looking right at one without seeing it before (until it moved). Simply incredible.

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What

American Bullfrog Lithobates catesbeianus

Observer

benthebiologist

Date

July 17, 2014 03:26 PM CDT

Place

Red Top, Missouri, United States (Google, OSM)

Description

American Bullfrog.

Say hello to the Missouri state amphibian.

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What

Central Newt Notophthalmus viridescens

Observer

benthebiologist

Date

October 2, 2014 08:45 PM CDT

Place

Mincy, Missouri, United States (Google, OSM)

Description

A juvenile of the Central Newt. Also called an eft.

Unlike most other salamanders, newts have a triphasic life cycle. This is the second stage. After metamorphosis the efts leave the pond and stay in the woods while they grow, later returning to the ponds to complete the transition into their adult phase.

They are brightly colored as a "warning sign" to predators that they are toxic.

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What

Marbled Salamander Ambystoma opacum

Observer

benthebiologist

Date

October 2, 2014 09:05 PM CDT

Place

Mincy, Missouri, United States (Google, OSM)

Description

A Marbled Salamander.

These salamanders display a rather stunning silver-on-black saddle-like pattern on their backs.

One of two fall-breeding Ambystoma in MO.

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What

Ringed Salamander Ambystoma annulatum

Observer

benthebiologist

Date

October 2, 2014 09:34 PM CDT

Place

(Somewhere...)

Description

The Ringed Salamander.

This is an Ozark endemic. You can tell this is a male because of the swollen cloaca. (This guy was photographed in the fall.)

One of two fall-breeding Ambystoma in MO.

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What

Rough Greensnake Opheodrys aestivus

Observer

benthebiologist

Date

October 1, 2014 06:10 PM CDT

Place

Glidewell, Missouri, United States (Google, OSM)

Description

Rough Greensnake.

This snake is largely arboreal, spending most of it's time in the trees. The long and slender body form helps it wind from branch to branch without falling.

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What

Eastern Slender Glass Lizard Ophisaurus attenuatus

Observer

benthebiologist

Date

May 6, 2014 10:11 AM CDT

Place

Willard, Missouri, United States (Google, OSM)

Description

A Slender Glass Lizard.

Often mistaken for a snake, these are actually lizards that have secondarily lost their legs (well, I guess snakes did too).

If you compare the face of this lizard to another lizard versus a snake, the difference is very noticeable.

They get their name "Glass Lizard" because they can, and will, break their tails off at the slightest stress, like they're "made of glass."

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What

Five-lined Skink Plestiodon fasciatus

Observer

benthebiologist

Date

May 23, 2013 01:32 PM CDT

Place

Mincy, Missouri, United States (Google, OSM)

Description

Common Five-lined Skink.

This lizard is incredible common in MO, although most people identify with the juvenile form more than this adult.

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What

Five-lined Skink Plestiodon fasciatus

Observer

benthebiologist

Date

May 23, 2013 01:38 PM CDT

Place

Mincy, Missouri, United States (Google, OSM)

Description

A juvenile Common Five-lined Skink.

What most people call Blue-tailed Lizards. Only the juveniles have the blue tail and bright lines on the body. These colors are thought to distract predators, drawing them to the tail (which can be regenerated) instead of the main body.

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What

Six-lined Racerunner Aspidoscelis sexlineata

Observer

benthebiologist

Date

April 28, 2013 03:09 PM CDT

Place

Mincy, Missouri, United States (Google, OSM)

Description

Six-lined Racerunner.

These lizards, as their name implies, are incredibly swift.

The only Whiptail native to MO.

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What

Prairie Lizard Sceloporus consobrinus

Observer

benthebiologist

Date

April 28, 2013 12:01 PM CDT

Place

Mincy, Missouri, United States (Google, OSM)

Description

Formerly S. undulatus (Eastern Fence Lizard), this has been reclassified as the Prairie Lizard.

Very common in southern MO. Only the males gain the bright blue coloration on their underbelly during the mating season.

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What

Little Brown Skink Scincella lateralis

Observer

benthebiologist

Date

April 28, 2013 10:30 AM CDT

Place

Willard, Missouri, United States (Google, OSM)

Description

The creatively-named Little Brown Skink.

Also called a Ground Skink.

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What

Blanchard's Cricket Frog Acris blanchardi

Observer

benthebiologist

Date

October 26, 2014 11:47 AM CDT

Place

Joplin, Missouri, United States (Google, OSM)

Description

Just a little-ol' Cricket Frog.

These are incredibly common across most of MO. The display a wide variation in coloration. This individual has a very nice red dorsal patch and striping on the hind legs.

Formerly A. crepitans.

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What

Ring-necked Snake Diadophis punctatus

Observer

benthebiologist

Date

October 26, 2014 04:15 PM CDT

Place

Pineville, Missouri, United States (Google, OSM)

Description

A Ring-necked Snake.

These little snakes have a very colorful ventral patterning, meant to deter predators (or photographers).

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What

Western Slimy Salamander Plethodon albagula

Observer

benthebiologist

Date

October 26, 2014 04:30 PM CDT

Place

Pineville, Missouri, United States (Google, OSM)

Description

Slimy Salamander.

This salamander gets its name, not because it's particularly slimy, but because, when attacked, it readily secretes a "slimy" substance to repel predators.

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What

Ozark Zigzag Salamander Plethodon angusticlavius

Observer

benthebiologist

Date

October 26, 2014 04:03 PM CDT

Place

(Somewhere...)

Description

The Ozark Zigzag Salamander.

An Ozark endemic, this species is only found in a small area in SW Missouri, NW Arkansas, and NE Oklahoma.

These little guys are very similar in appearance to the Southern Red-backed Salamander!

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What

Flat-headed Snake Tantilla gracilis

Observer

benthebiologist

Date

April 28, 2013 10:43 AM CDT

Place

Willard, Missouri, United States (Google, OSM)

Description

A Flat-headed Snake.

These small snakes are commonly found across the Ozarks under rocks in glades, where their flat heads help to wedge themselves into tight spaces.

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What

Western Wormsnake Carphophis vermis

Observer

benthebiologist

Date

April 28, 2013 11:10 AM CDT

Place

Willard, Missouri, United States (Google, OSM)

Description

The Wormsnake.

This little snake may have received its name because: 1) it lives under ground, like a worm; 2) it looks similar to a large worm; or 3) worms make up part of its diet. Pick which one you like best!

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What

Yellowbelly Watersnake Nerodia erythrogaster

Observer

benthebiologist

Date

May 5, 2012 01:06 PM CDT

Place

Puxico, Missouri, United States (Google, OSM)

Description

Hello! A Yellow-bellied Waternake.

Although the species name, erythrogaster, means "red-bellied", the Missouri subspecies is actually N. erythrogaster flavigaster. That clears up the confusion, right?

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What

Smooth Earthsnake Virginia valeriae

Observer

benthebiologist

Date

November 6, 2011 02:11 PM CST

Place

(Somewhere...)

Description

Smooth Earthsnake.

This snake often is confused with the closely-related Rough Earthsnake - the primary difference being the keeling of their scales.

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What

Speckled Kingsnake Lampropeltis holbrooki

Observer

benthebiologist

Date

May 5, 2012 10:59 AM CDT

Place

Willard, Missouri, United States (Google, OSM)

Description

Speckled Kingsnake.

Kingsnakes get the name "king" because they prey on other snakes. Kingsnakes are able to tolerate being envenomated by other snakes (such as the Copperhead) and emerge no worse for the wear!

Formerly L. getula.

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What

Dekay's Brownsnake Storeria dekayi

Observer

benthebiologist

Date

November 6, 2011 02:25 PM CST

Place

Steelville, Missouri, United States (Google, OSM)

Description

Dekay's Brownsnake.

This small woodland snake can be identified by the dark markings around its eyes.

Very similar to the Red-bellied Snake.

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What

Mudsnake Farancia abacura

Observer

benthebiologist

Date

May 5, 2012 01:13 PM CDT

Place

Puxico, Missouri, United States (Google, OSM)

Description

The Mudsnake.

These snakes are salamander specialists. They feed primarily on aquatic sirens and amphiuma. As such, they are found in swamps and sloughs and spend much of their time in the water.