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A Bonnie Wee Visitor

As I walked from the break room back to my office one day last week, I noticed a fellow traveler in the otherwise-deserted hallway.

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Amphibians and Reptiles

You know them as frogs, toads, snakes, turtles and lizards. Get acquainted with all of Missouri's fascinating herptiles, including 43 amphibians and 75 species and subspecies of reptiles.

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Back Cover

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"Back Cover" for the May 2003 Missouri Conservationist.

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Black Snakes Banish Rodents and Vipers

I was walking my dog Friday afternoon and stumbled across a huge black rat snake.

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Photo of biologist holding a broad-banded watersnake

Broad-Banded Water Snake

People often mistaken nonvenomous broad-banded water snakes for western cottonmouths. In the marsh, these harmless snakes typically eat fish and frogs.

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Image of a broad-banded watersnake

Broad-Banded Watersnake (Broad-Banded Water Snake)

Nerodia fasciata confluens
The broad-banded watersnake is a beautiful semiaquatic snake with broad, irregularly shaped bands that can be brown, red-brown, or black and are separated by yellow and gray. This nonvenomous species is restricted to the southeastern corner of the state.

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Bullsnake

Pituophis catenifer sayi
Missouri's largest snake may hiss loudly and vibrate its tail when alarmed, but it is nonvenomous. This species is extremely valuable in controlling destructive rodents.

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Cottonmouth snake

Cottonmouth Confusion

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Odds are that the snake you see in the water is not venomous.

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A photo of a cottonmouth snake in defensive posture.

Cottonmouth snake in defensive posture

A cottonmouth gapes its mouth open in a defensive posture, showing the white lining that is the origin of the common name.

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