The Missouri Herpetological Association held its fifth annual fall field trip on the weekend of 24 – 26 Sep 2010 at Current River State Park, Shannon County, Missouri.

Eight members, representing three different institutions, caught or observed more than 116 individual reptiles and amphibians, representing a total of 24 species. Several photographs are available of members and animals. Most collecting activity occurred on Sat 25 Sep 2010, but a few individual animals were caught on Friday. The entire weekend was characterized by cool evening temperatures and unseasonably cool, but mostly sunny, daytime conditions. Habitats searched included woodlands, glades, streams, ponds, rivers, and roads.

The total species list along with numbers of individuals can be seen below. The counts for a few species of anurans were augmented with calling individuals or larvae. The counts below that are designated with a plus (+) symbol are minimum estimates of the number of individuals observed for those species.

Species Common Name Number Photos
Ambystoma annulatum Ringed Salamander 1 Photo
Ambystoma maculatum Spotted Salamander 1 Photo
Notophthalmus viridescens Central Newt 1 Photo
Plethodon albagula Western Slimy Salamander 11 Photo
Plethodon serratus Southern Red-backed Salamander 1 Photo
Anaxyrus fowleri Fowler’s Toad 1 Photo Photo
Acris crepitans Northern Cricket Frog 12 No photo from this location
Pseudacris crucifer Spring Peeper 5+ No photo from this location
Lithobates catesbeianus Bullfrog 20+ No photo from this location
Lithobates palustris Pickerel Frog 1 No photo from this location
Lithobates sphenocephalus Southern Leopard Frog 2 No photo from this location
Sceloporus consobrinus Prairie Lizard 30+ Photo Photo
Plestiodon fasciatus Common Five-lined Skink 6 Photo Photo Photo
Scincella lateralis Little Brown Skink 6 No photo from this location
Carphophis vermis Western Wormsnake 1 Photo
Coluber constrictor North American Racer 2 Photo
Diadophis punctatus Ring-necked Snake 2 Photo
Lampropeltis getula Speckled Kingsnake 1 Photo
Nerodia sipedon Northern Watersnake 2 No photo from this location
Sistrurus miliarius Western Pygmy Rattlesnake 1 Photo Photo
Sternotherus odoratus Common Musk Turtle 2 Photo Photo
Graptemys geographica Northern Map Turtle 2 No photo from this location
Terrapene carolina Three-toed Box Turtle 2 Photo Photo
Trachemys scripta Red-eared Slider 3 No photo from this location

The MHA would like to thank the Missouri Department of Natural Resources for providing permission to use state park property for the field trip. Special appreciation is extended to Jim Newberry, park manager, for his hospitality during the weekend.

Group Photograph

Fall 2010 Field Trip Group Photograph

Standing: Dustin Siegel (SLU), Anthony Wilmes (SLU), Robert Aldridge (SLU), Kaycee Cannon, Becky Guhlke, Deloris Willis, Brian Edmond (MSU).
Not pictured: Richard Daniel (UMC).
Key: MSU=Missouri State University, SLU=Saint Louis University, UMC=University of Missouri at Columbia.

Other Photographs

Original Announcement

The Missouri Herpetological Association will hold the 2010 Fall Field Trip Saturday, September 25. This year we will conduct a herpetofaunal survey of Current River State Park located approximately 16 miles north of Eminence in Shannon County. The organized count will be conducted between 9:00 AM and 5:00 PM.

Current River State Park covers approximately 780 acres along the Current River in north central Shannon County. The area consists primarily of oak-hickory forest with several glades and both permanent and temporary ponds and streams. We plan to survey the herpetofauna of both terrestrial and aquatic habitats.

Directions to the park: Current River State Park is located along MO 19, halfway between Pulltite and Round Spring (both National Park Service campgrounds). Once you reach the park, take county road 19-D past the upper lake area, through a gate and two stone pillars, to a “T” in the road. The camping area will be at the “T” and the boathouse will be visible along the lower lake. Participants should plan to meet at the boathouse at 9am.

The park is currently under development after its recent transfer from the Department of Conservation and is not yet open to the public; however, we will be able to camp at the park for this event. Overnight campers should bring food and drink for their own meals. Additional information, including maps, is available on the park home page at

Trained herpetologists will lead groups of participants, verify identification and locality of the amphibians and reptiles collected, obtain photo documentation and maintain species counts. After verification most animals will be released at the site of capture. Only individuals with valid state collecting and research permits may retain selected specimens for research or display at accredited institutions.

Individuals of all ages are welcome to participate; however, adults should accompany young children. Participants should dress appropriately for the weather and are advised to wear long pants and stout boots while in the field. Water, leather gloves, hat, sunscreen, and insect repellant are also recommended. Participants with digital cameras and GPS units are encouraged to bring them to help document the survey. Individuals should provide their own lunches.

Results of the field trip will be posted on the MHA website at and published in the 2010 MHA newsletter.