The Missouri Herpetological Association held its second fall field trip Sun 1 Oct 2006 (the first was the trip associated with the 2004 annual meeting). The Sunday morning field trip was part of the 19th Annual Meeting.
A quick herpetofaunal survey was conducted on the Woodson K Woods Conservation Area, located near Steelville in Crawford County. Habitats searched included ponds, old fields, streams, and wooded hillsides. Thirteen members, representing five institutions, caught 87 individual amphibians and reptiles in about two collecting hours, representing 15 species.
Temperatures on Sunday were pleasant the entire morning. Several presumably common species for the area were not observed at all and the very dry summer and fall probably affected the number of animals observed. The total species list along with numbers of individuals can be seen below.
3 (1 adult, 2 efts)
Western Slimy Salamander
21 (6 adults, 15 tadpoles)
Southern Leopard Frog
Three-toed Box Turtle
Western Slender Glass Lizard
1 (shed skin)
Front: Brian Edmond (MSU), Jeff Briggler (MDC), Alex Edmond, Joseph Edmond. Back: Richard Daniel (UMC), Drew Dittmer (UMC), Brad Glorioso, Alex Muensch (AU), Robert Powell (AU), Rod Wittenburg (UAF), Bethany Williams (UMC), Glenn Manning (UAF), Noah Gordon (UMC). Key: AU=Avila University, MDC=Missouri Department of Conservation, MSU=Missouri State University, UAF=University of Arkansas at Fayetteville, UMC=University of Missouri at Columbia.