The Missouri Herpetological Association held its third annual fall field trip on Sunday 28 September 2008 at Onondaga Cave State Park, Crawford County, Missouri. Habitats searched included a glade, wooded hillsides, the Meramec River, and Onondaga Cave.
Eleven members, representing five different institutions, caught more than 119 individual reptiles and amphibians, representing a total of 17 species.
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 ratsnake was represented solely by a freshly shed skin. Spring peepers were heard calling at most sites. Eastern Gray Treefrogs were also heard calling near the river. Finally, many of the “Cave Salamanders” (Eurycea lucifuga) seen in the cave were hybrids with Long-Tailed Salamanders (Eurycea longicauda).
Western Slimy Salamander
Northern Map Turtle
Three-toed Box Turtle
1 (skin only)
The MHA would like to thank the Missouri Department of Natural Resources and Tara Flynn for providing permission to use state park land for the field trip. Special appreciation is extended to Greg Hanson, our contact at the park, and Daniel Gruhn, our guide for the glade and cave portions of the trip.
Front row (standing): Alex Edmond, Joseph Edmond. Second row (standing): Michelle Bowe (MSU), Don Newman (MDC), Kevin Stohlgren (MDC), Kathleen Mahoney (MDC), Matt Schrum (DNR), Daniel Gruhn (DNR), Brian Edmond (MSU). Third row (standing): Richard Daniel (UMC), Glenn Manning (UAM). Key: DNR=Missouri Department of Natural Resources, MDC=Missouri Department of Conservation, MSU=Missouri State University, UAM=University of Arkansas at Monticello, UMC=University of Missouri at Columbia.