Midwest Partners in Amphibian and Reptile Conservation

Midwest PARC Photographs

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Kirtland's Snake (Clonophis kirtlandii) is one of the rarest snake species in the Midwest.
Kirtland's Snake (Clonophis kirtlandii) is one of the rarest snake species in the Midwest.
Eastern Box Turtle (Terrapene carolina carolina).
Eastern Box Turtle (Terrapene carolina carolina).
The Northern Leopard Frog (Lithobates (Rana) pipiens) is most often encountered in wet grasslands and marshes.
The Northern Leopard Frog (Lithobates (Rana) pipiens) is most often encountered in wet grasslands and marshes.
Often heard, but rarely seen, the Spring Peeper (Pseudacris crucifer) makes a 'peep' call that can sound like sleigh bells in large numbers.
Often heard, but rarely seen, the Spring Peeper (Pseudacris crucifer) makes a 'peep' call that can sound like sleigh bells in large numbers.
Sometimes called the 'Yellow-neck Turtle', Blandings Turtles (Emydoidea blandingii) often move among wetlands throughout the year, making them susceptible to death on Midwest roads.
Sometimes called the 'Yellow-neck Turtle', Blandings Turtles (Emydoidea blandingii) often move among wetlands throughout the year, making them susceptible to death on Midwest roads.
Eastern Box Turtle (Terrapene carolina carolina).
Eastern Box Turtle (Terrapene carolina carolina).
Spiny Softshell Turtle (Apalone spinifera).
Spiny Softshell Turtle (Apalone spinifera).
Salamander larvae, such as this Blue-spotted Salamander (Ambystoma laterale) play an important role in the ecosystem, consuming pests such as mosquito larvae and transfering energy from the aquatic to terrestrial ecosystems.
Salamander larvae, such as this Blue-spotted Salamander (Ambystoma laterale) play an important role in the ecosystem, consuming pests such as mosquito larvae and transfering energy from the aquatic to terrestrial ecosystems.
An overproduction of melanin produces this black Eastern Garter Snake (Thamnophis sirtalis sirtalis). While this mutation can occur anywhere, in the western basin of Lake Erie, melanistic individuals may make up 50% of the population.
An overproduction of melanin produces this black Eastern Garter Snake (Thamnophis sirtalis sirtalis). While this mutation can occur anywhere, in the western basin of Lake Erie, melanistic individuals may make up 50% of the population.
The Streamside Salamander (Ambystoma barbouri) has one of the most restricted ranges of any amphibian species in the Midwest.
The Streamside Salamander (Ambystoma barbouri) has one of the most restricted ranges of any amphibian species in the Midwest.
The coloration of the Eastern Garter Snake (Thamnophis sirtalis sirtalis) is highly variable.
The coloration of the Eastern Garter Snake (Thamnophis sirtalis sirtalis) is highly variable.
The Cricket Frog (Acris crepitans) has experienced declines throughout much of the Midwest.
The Cricket Frog (Acris crepitans) has experienced declines throughout much of the Midwest.
Eastern Fence Lizard (Sceloporus consobrinus)
Eastern Fence Lizard (Sceloporus consobrinus)
What's it called? In the Midwest, many of the salamander species are a 'mix' of genotypes from two or more species of the genus Ambystoma. Over 20 of these different 'biotypes' have been identified so far.
What's it called? In the Midwest, many of the salamander species are a 'mix' of genotypes from two or more species of the genus Ambystoma. Over 20 of these different 'biotypes' have been identified so far.
Fowler's Toads (Anaxyrus (Bufo) fowleri) prefer areas of sandy soils and breed in temporary pools of water, including flooded farm fields.
Fowler's Toads (Anaxyrus (Bufo) fowleri) prefer areas of sandy soils and breed in temporary pools of water, including flooded farm fields.
American Toads (Anaxyrus (Bufo) americanus) are one of the most commonly encountered amphibians in the Midwest.
American Toads (Anaxyrus (Bufo) americanus) are one of the most commonly encountered amphibians in the Midwest.
Five-Lined Skink (Plestiodon (Eumeces) fasciatus)
Five-Lined Skink (Plestiodon (Eumeces) fasciatus)
Eastern Hognose Snakes (Heterodon platirhinos) feeds almost exclusively on toads.
Eastern Hognose Snakes (Heterodon platirhinos) feeds almost exclusively on toads.
Eastern Fox Snakes (Elaphe gloydi) are often mistaken for Copperheads. Fox Snakes are found only in the Great Lakes region of the Midwest.
Eastern Fox Snakes (Elaphe gloydi) are often mistaken for Copperheads. Fox Snakes are found only in the Great Lakes region of the Midwest.
Harbingers of spring, Wood Frogs (Lithobates (Rana) sylvaticus) often begin calling in late winter, even before the ice has fully melted from forested wetlands.
Harbingers of spring, Wood Frogs (Lithobates (Rana) sylvaticus) often begin calling in late winter, even before the ice has fully melted from forested wetlands.
The Spotted Turtle (Clemmys guttata) has declined throughout the Midwest, as shallow-water wetlands have been drained for agriculture and development.
The Spotted Turtle (Clemmys guttata) has declined throughout the Midwest, as shallow-water wetlands have been drained for agriculture and development.
Butler's Gartersnake (Thamnophis butleri) are found only in the Great Lakes region of the Midwest.
Butler's Gartersnake (Thamnophis butleri) are found only in the Great Lakes region of the Midwest.
Lake Erie Watersnakes (Nerodia sipedon insularum) are found only on the islands of Lake Erie. They are listed as a threatened species under the US Endangered Species Act, but recent conservation efforts are helping populations to recover.
Lake Erie Watersnakes (Nerodia sipedon insularum) are found only on the islands of Lake Erie. They are listed as a threatened species under the US Endangered Species Act, but recent conservation efforts are helping populations to recover.
Red-Bellied Snake (Storeria occipitomaculata)
Red-Bellied Snake (Storeria occipitomaculata)
The Eastern Milk Snake (Lampropeltis triangulum) was named for the erroneous belief that it milked cows. It is often found around barns, where it feeds mainly on rodents.
The Eastern Milk Snake (Lampropeltis triangulum) was named for the erroneous belief that it milked cows. It is often found around barns, where it feeds mainly on rodents.
Long and slender, Ribbon Snakes (Thamnophis sauritus) are found in shallow-water wetlands of the Midwest.
Long and slender, Ribbon Snakes (Thamnophis sauritus) are found in shallow-water wetlands of the Midwest.
Populations of the Eastern Massasauga (Sistrurus catenatus) are declining throughout the Midwest. Since 1993, the species has been listed as a candidate for protection under the US Endangered Species Act.
Populations of the Eastern Massasauga (Sistrurus catenatus) are declining throughout the Midwest. Since 1993, the species has been listed as a candidate for protection under the US Endangered Species Act.
A female Northern Dusky Salamander (Desmognathus fuscus) tends to her developing eggs.
A female Northern Dusky Salamander (Desmognathus fuscus) tends to her developing eggs.
The Timber Rattlesnake (Crotalus horridus) is a rare species in the Midwest, limited mainly to heavily forested habitats.
The Timber Rattlesnake (Crotalus horridus) is a rare species in the Midwest, limited mainly to heavily forested habitats.
Some members of the genus Eurycea, like this Southern Two-lined Salamander (Eurycea cirrigera), are being utilized as indicators of stream condition and health.
Some members of the genus Eurycea, like this Southern Two-lined Salamander (Eurycea cirrigera), are being utilized as indicators of stream condition and health.
Cave Salamander (Eurycea lucifuga)
Cave Salamander (Eurycea lucifuga)
With a long, melodius trill, this male American Toad (Anaxyrus (Bufo) americanus) announces its readiness to breed.
With a long, melodius trill, this male American Toad (Anaxyrus (Bufo) americanus) announces its readiness to breed.
Strings of eggs laid by American Toads (Anaxyrus (Bufo) americanus) will hatch out as tiny black tadpoles. Amphibian larvae are an important link in the food web, moving energy from the aquatic to the terrestrial ecosystems.
Strings of eggs laid by American Toads (Anaxyrus (Bufo) americanus) will hatch out as tiny black tadpoles. Amphibian larvae are an important link in the food web, moving energy from the aquatic to the terrestrial ecosystems.
Racers (Coluber constrictor) get their name from the speed at which they can move through their grassland habitats.
Racers (Coluber constrictor) get their name from the speed at which they can move through their grassland habitats.
Spending most of their lives in trees, Gray Treefrogs (Hyla versicolor) descend to wetlands for breeding in late spring.
Spending most of their lives in trees, Gray Treefrogs (Hyla versicolor) descend to wetlands for breeding in late spring.
Eastern Box Turtle (Terrapene carolina carolina).
Eastern Box Turtle (Terrapene carolina carolina).
Spiny Softshell Turtle (Apalone spinifera).
Spiny Softshell Turtle (Apalone spinifera).
Salamander larvae, such as this Blue-spotted Salamander (Ambystoma laterale) play an important role in the ecosystem, consuming pests such as mosquito larvae and transfering energy from the aquatic to terrestrial ecosystems.
Salamander larvae, such as this Blue-spotted Salamander (Ambystoma laterale) play an important role in the ecosystem, consuming pests such as mosquito larvae and transfering energy from the aquatic to terrestrial ecosystems.
An overproduction of melanin produces this black Eastern Garter Snake (Thamnophis sirtalis sirtalis). While this mutation can occur anywhere, in the western basin of Lake Erie, melanistic individuals may make up 50% of the population.
An overproduction of melanin produces this black Eastern Garter Snake (Thamnophis sirtalis sirtalis). While this mutation can occur anywhere, in the western basin of Lake Erie, melanistic individuals may make up 50% of the population.
The Streamside Salamander (Ambystoma barbouri) has one of the most restricted ranges of any amphibian species in the Midwest.
The Streamside Salamander (Ambystoma barbouri) has one of the most restricted ranges of any amphibian species in the Midwest.
The coloration of the Eastern Garter Snake (Thamnophis sirtalis sirtalis) is highly variable.
The coloration of the Eastern Garter Snake (Thamnophis sirtalis sirtalis) is highly variable.
The Cricket Frog (Acris crepitans) has experienced declines throughout much of the Midwest.
The Cricket Frog (Acris crepitans) has experienced declines throughout much of the Midwest.
Eastern Fence Lizard (Sceloporus consobrinus)
Eastern Fence Lizard (Sceloporus consobrinus)
What's it called? In the Midwest, many of the salamander species are a 'mix' of genotypes from two or more species of the genus Ambystoma. Over 20 of these different 'biotypes' have been identified so far.
What's it called? In the Midwest, many of the salamander species are a 'mix' of genotypes from two or more species of the genus Ambystoma. Over 20 of these different 'biotypes' have been identified so far.
Fowler's Toads (Anaxyrus (Bufo) fowleri) prefer areas of sandy soils and breed in temporary pools of water, including flooded farm fields.
Fowler's Toads (Anaxyrus (Bufo) fowleri) prefer areas of sandy soils and breed in temporary pools of water, including flooded farm fields.
American Toads (Anaxyrus (Bufo) americanus) are one of the most commonly encountered amphibians in the Midwest.
American Toads (Anaxyrus (Bufo) americanus) are one of the most commonly encountered amphibians in the Midwest.
Five-Lined Skink (Plestiodon (Eumeces) fasciatus)
Five-Lined Skink (Plestiodon (Eumeces) fasciatus)
Eastern Hognose Snakes (Heterodon platirhinos) feeds almost exclusively on toads.
Eastern Hognose Snakes (Heterodon platirhinos) feeds almost exclusively on toads.
Eastern Fox Snakes (Elaphe gloydi) are often mistaken for Copperheads. Fox Snakes are found only in the Great Lakes region of the Midwest.
Eastern Fox Snakes (Elaphe gloydi) are often mistaken for Copperheads. Fox Snakes are found only in the Great Lakes region of the Midwest.
Harbingers of spring, Wood Frogs (Lithobates (Rana) sylvaticus) often begin calling in late winter, even before the ice has fully melted from forested wetlands.
Harbingers of spring, Wood Frogs (Lithobates (Rana) sylvaticus) often begin calling in late winter, even before the ice has fully melted from forested wetlands.
The Spotted Turtle (Clemmys guttata) has declined throughout the Midwest, as shallow-water wetlands have been drained for agriculture and development.
The Spotted Turtle (Clemmys guttata) has declined throughout the Midwest, as shallow-water wetlands have been drained for agriculture and development.
Butler's Gartersnake (Thamnophis butleri) are found only in the Great Lakes region of the Midwest.
Butler's Gartersnake (Thamnophis butleri) are found only in the Great Lakes region of the Midwest.
Lake Erie Watersnakes (Nerodia sipedon insularum) are found only on the islands of Lake Erie. They are listed as a threatened species under the US Endangered Species Act, but recent conservation efforts are helping populations to recover.
Lake Erie Watersnakes (Nerodia sipedon insularum) are found only on the islands of Lake Erie. They are listed as a threatened species under the US Endangered Species Act, but recent conservation efforts are helping populations to recover.
Red-Bellied Snake (Storeria occipitomaculata)
Red-Bellied Snake (Storeria occipitomaculata)
The Eastern Milk Snake (Lampropeltis triangulum) was named for the erroneous belief that it milked cows. It is often found around barns, where it feeds mainly on rodents.
The Eastern Milk Snake (Lampropeltis triangulum) was named for the erroneous belief that it milked cows. It is often found around barns, where it feeds mainly on rodents.
Long and slender, Ribbon Snakes (Thamnophis sauritus) are found in shallow-water wetlands of the Midwest.
Long and slender, Ribbon Snakes (Thamnophis sauritus) are found in shallow-water wetlands of the Midwest.
Populations of the Eastern Massasauga (Sistrurus catenatus) are declining throughout the Midwest. Since 1993, the species has been listed as a candidate for protection under the US Endangered Species Act.
Populations of the Eastern Massasauga (Sistrurus catenatus) are declining throughout the Midwest. Since 1993, the species has been listed as a candidate for protection under the US Endangered Species Act.
A female Northern Dusky Salamander (Desmognathus fuscus) tends to her developing eggs.
A female Northern Dusky Salamander (Desmognathus fuscus) tends to her developing eggs.
The Timber Rattlesnake (Crotalus horridus) is a rare species in the Midwest, limited mainly to heavily forested habitats.
The Timber Rattlesnake (Crotalus horridus) is a rare species in the Midwest, limited mainly to heavily forested habitats.
Some members of the genus Eurycea, like this Southern Two-lined Salamander (Eurycea cirrigera), are being utilized as indicators of stream condition and health.
Some members of the genus Eurycea, like this Southern Two-lined Salamander (Eurycea cirrigera), are being utilized as indicators of stream condition and health.
Raccoon populations have benefitted from the increasing suburbanization of the Midwest. Increasing numbers of raccoons have had an impact on many turtle species, though, as raccoons are very adept at finding and eating turtle nests.
Raccoon populations have benefitted from the increasing suburbanization of the Midwest. Increasing numbers of raccoons have had an impact on many turtle species, though, as raccoons are very adept at finding and eating turtle nests.
Fire is an essential management tool in many types of habitats.
Fire is an essential management tool in many types of habitats.