Category Archives: Snakes, Frogs & Lizards

The Sounds of Spring

Tonight after sunset we walked out onto the prairie and found ourselves surrounded by at least a dozen male Woodcocks performing their mating ritual. After calling from the ground for for several minutes they launch themselves into the air to … Continue reading

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Red Milk Snake Rarely Seen

Yesterday was only the second time in over 30 years of living here that I’ve seen a red milk snake in the wild. (I did keep a couple for a few months in 1986 to make a movie about Missouri … Continue reading

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Spring Peepers

On a walk this afternoon I heard the song of Spring Peepers for the first time this year. A welcome sound that means Spring is coming! I pulled out my iPhone to let you hear that they sound like:  Spring … Continue reading

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Frog Pond

We have a handful of very tiny ponds at the PGT. We call them frog ponds because they are perfect sites for amphibians. They fill up after it rains and empty out during dry spells. This morning at sunrise I … Continue reading

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Kill the Snake?

Black Rat Snake, Pantherophis obsoleteus While we were eating our picnic lunch today I heard some birds making a ruckus nearby. Songbirds chattering incessantly suggests danger. On inspection I found a black rat snake hanging out of one of our … Continue reading

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Singing Frogs

Bullfrog, Rana catesbeiana The rains and warmer weather agrees with the frogs. The songs of the various frogs and toads was so loud last night that it was hard to carry on a conversation. This morning I photographed a bullfrog … Continue reading

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Northern Cricket Frog

Northern Cricket Frog, (Acris crepitans) This weekend I hiked in the stream bed of Hillers Creek. Since it has not rained in awhile is was mostly dry. Among the rocks and gravel small frogs jumped to get out of the … Continue reading

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Spring Peepers in the Fall

Spring Peeper, (Pseudacris crucifer) One of the earliest sounds of Spring at the PGT is the singing of the Spring Peeper. The frog is so small that I rarely get to see it even though I always hear their song. … Continue reading

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Western Ribbon Snake

Western Ribbon Snake, (Thamnophis proximus) Matt and Duncan saw a beautiful snake this morning; a garter snake. According to The Amphibians and Reptiles of Missouri it was a Western Ribbon Snake. We were walking around the Lotus ponds talking about … Continue reading

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Two Box Turtles

Ornate Box Turtle, (Terrapene ornata ornata) Three-toed Box Turtle, (Terrapene carolina triunguis) We have two kinds of box turtles at the PGT and I saw them both while hiking at dawn this morning. The Ornate Box Turtle has yellow radiating … Continue reading

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