Have you ever seen an Ozark Hellbender? Do you know the difference between a skink and a glass lizard? Can you name and identify the venomous snakes of Missouri? What's a newt, anyway? Did you realize that Missouri is home to 13 native species of lizards and 17 species of turtles –several which are listed on the endangered species list?

Step outside and into the natural world, become an amateur herpetologist, discover interesting facts about Missouri amphibians and reptiles. See how many of the native Missouri species you can spot in the wild. Check them off the Missouri 4-H Herptology List as you do!

Resources for all levels



AR611 Amphibians and Reptiles

  • Learn how some toads and frogs can vocalize underwater
  • Identify the three different types of habitats Missouri lizards live in
  • Distinguish between a venomous and non-venomous snake


State Fair

4-H exhibits and competitions are part of the fun of the Missouri State Fair. You won't want to miss this special event; visit the 4-H building to see the projects of our 4-H youth or catch the judging competitions. Whatever your niche, there is something for everyone. Bring the family! The Missouri State Fair is located at the intersection of Highways 50 and 65, and less than 20 miles south of I-70, Sedalia is roughly an hour from Kansas City, Columbia and Jefferson City.