What’s That Word? Herp Atlas Glossary

Despite the venomous nature of copperhead bites, they are rarely fatal. When threatened, they vibrate their tails to produce a loud buzzing sound that is difficult to miss. Essentially, Herp Atlas volunteers visit sites near their homes or places they frequent and search for frogs, toads, salamanders, turtles, snakes, and lizards. Arnold, B. The Frog Book: North American toads and frogs, with a study of the habits and life histories of those of the northeastern states. The belly is white. The tympanum (ear drum) is prominent.

Our posters, DVD, and website resources (bibliography, additional references and links, glossary, reading list) may be of use to you in your classroom or in the field. In Nature: Gray Treefrog gets second billing. 17. The best time to find them is during or immediately after a hard rain. Full-time submersion in the water begins in November, once freezing occurs regularly overnight, and continues until temperatures begin to increase in spring. Nesting occurs in June in open areas such as upland fields with well-drained loamy or sandy soils. It occurs from the southeast corner of the province to east of Winnipeg, then northward in a band along the east side of Lake Winnipeg to at least the north end of the lake.

Blanding’s Turtles are omnivores, eating both plants and animals. Time to hatching varies quite a bit, from 4 to 30 days. In any given year the breeding season is short, often only for a week or two. University Press of Kansas, Lawrence. There may be 10-30 or more in a litter, the average is 12. Platt (1985) found this reptile common in the sand prairie habitat of western Harvey County. The lack of thorough understanding of regional distribution patterns of amphibian and reptile populations can limit our ability to predict how species will respond to these factors [4].


Behavior: Unlike spiny softshells, these turtles are not aggressive and will remain passive even when picked up. Eastern Massasauga Fact Sheet – Eastern Massasauga: species description, life history, distribution and habitat, status, management and research needs. It is unlikely that females reproduce more than once a year, and some females lay eggs in alternate years. 14, T35S, R24E. A specimen from McPherson County (KU 218857) exists, but is in need of corroboration, as subsequent visits to this site have failed to yield additional specimens. Food Habits: All manner of small arthropods are consumed by this species. 1993.

Taxonomy: Formerly known from Kansas as P. Distribution: Records mapped in Collins (1994) for Dickinson (KU 3191-2, 157811) and Greenwood (MVZ 43719-20) counties are given to county only and are too imprecise to map. But also follows the riparian corridor along the Kansas River and then along the Missouri River to the North. Hatchlings begin to emerge in late July or early August. However, in the same report he discusses the 70 specimens he observed in Morton County in 1984, and reports of ‘Snake Hunters’ catching and killing 150 in a day and 600 in a season. Cragin. Distribution: Known primarily from the eastern three-fourths of the the state, apparently avoiding much of the Western Plains.

The records mapped by Collins (1993) from Chase and Marion counties, are unknown and not mapped. Have little webbing on feet, rounded large discs on toes. (2004), and Smith (2005) present evidence that the former cosmopolitan lizard genus Eumeces is paraphyletic, and placed the North American clade in the genus Plestiodon. There is often a dark line from the eye to the angle of the jaw, and there may be dark sutures on the lips. Escher-like stepwells in India. This record lies well west of the currently recognized distribution of this species. This large rattlesnake is well-documented in Woods and Alfalfa counties in Oklahoma, just across from Barber and Comanche counties in Kansas.

Each hind foot has four toes, and the tail may have a dorsal yellow stripe. Growth and Longevity: KU 153036, Cherokee County, Ray E. SMOOTH EARTHSNAKE Virginia valeriae, Baird & Girard, 1853 (vir-gin’-ya val-er-E’-A) Kansas Species in Need of Conservation (SINC) Distribution: This small snake is known from the Marais des Cygnes and Kansas/Missouri River drainage systems in northeastern Kansas. Recognition: Harmless. Recognition: The Common Musk Turtle is a relatively small turtle with an average length of 8 to 14 cm(about 3 to 5 inches). SNAPPING TURTLE Chelydra serpentina, (Linnaeus, 1758) (shuh-lI’-dra ser-pen-tE’-na) Distribution: Records mapped in Collins (1994) for Cloud, Butler, Geary, and Jackson counties are unknown and therefore not plotted. CAVE SALAMANDER Eurycea lucifuga, Rafinesque, 1822 (yur-is-E’-a lU-ci-fU’-ga) Kansas State Endangered Species Distribution: This taxon is known from the Ozark Plateau of extreme southeastern Cherokee County, principally east of the Spring River and south of Short Creek.

SMALL-MOUTHED SALAMANDER Ambystoma texanum, (Matthes, 1855) (am-bis’-tO-ma tex-A’-num) Distribution: This salamander is found from the Loess Hills south through the Osage Plains, southern Flint Hills, eastern Red Hills Prairie, and east.