The Missouri Herpetological Association held its second annual fall field trip on the weekend of 29 – 30 September 2007 mostly at the Drury-Mincy Conservation Area (including Bull Shoals Field Station) but also in the immediate vicinity. Habitats searched included roads, ponds, spring-fed streams, stream beds, flatwoods, wooded hillsides, and glades.
Twenty-one members, representing eleven different institutions, caught more than 130 individual reptiles and amphibians, representing a total of 28 species. Several photographs are available of members and animals but more are welcome! Most collecting activity occurred on Sun 30 September 2007, but some species were observed or caught by members road-hunting Saturday night or on their way to or from the field station on Saturday morning or Sunday afternoon.
Several new localities were documented for the Drury-Mincy Conservation Area, including an “open circle” county record (Copperhead (Agkistrodon contortrix)) and a new county record (Marbled Salamander (Ambystoma opacum)).
The entire weekend was characterized by warm temperatures (80oF+) and sunny conditions. The total species list along with numbers of individuals can be seen below. The milksnake was represented solely by a freshly shed skin. Spring peepers were heard calling at one site but were not seen. Oklahoma salamanders, Ozark zigzag salamanders, and a western ribbon snake were not caught at the field station but were found by a small group on the way to the field station on Saturday morning.
Western Slimy Salamander
Ozark Zigzag Salamander
Southern Leopard Frog
Three-toed Box Turtle
Eastern Fence Lizard
Western Worm Snake
Eastern Hognose Snake
1 (skin only)
Western Ribbon Snake
Smooth Earth Snake
Western Pigmy Rattlesnake
The MHA would like to thank the Missouri Department of Conservation and Missouri State University for providing permission to use public land for the field trip. Special appreciation is extended to Brian Greene for leading the field trip.
Front row (seated): Alex Edmond, Joseph Edmond. Second row (standing): Mark Mills (MVC), Carl Gerhardt (UMC), Brian Greene (MSU), Kevin Stohlgren (MDC), Robert Aldridge (SLU), Chris Smith (UMN), Jeff Ettling (SLZ), Jamie Pastika (RADZ), Jeff LeClere (HN), Michelle Bowe (MSU). Third row (standing): Kenton Lohraff (DPW), Glenn Manning (UAM), Allan Wilson (MVC), Dustin Siegel (SLU), Richard Daniel (UMC), Daryl Trumbo (SLU), Brandon Trumbo, Casey Trumbo. Not pictured: Brian Edmond (MSU). Key: DPW=Department of Public Works Natural Resources, Fort Leonard Wood, HN=HerpNet, MDC=Missouri Department of Conservation, MSU=Missouri State University, MVC=Missouri Valley College, RADZ=Reptile and Amphibian Discovery Zoo, Minnesota, SLU=Saint Louis University, SLZ=Saint Louis Zoo, UAM=University of Arkansas at Monticello, UMC=University of Missouri at Columbia, UMN=University of Minnesota.