New publications: new notes on South Dakota amphibians and reptiles

Three new, short notes were involving amphibians and reptiles in South Dakota were published in the December 2020 issue of Herpetological Review. The first was the description of two new county records for Wood Frogs (Rana sylvatica) in northeastern South Dakota. Wood Frogs have recently been expanding its range into and along the Prairie Coteau in recent years (see link). These specimens were collected by regional biologists in April 2020 represent two of eight new localities where individuals were seen or heard chorusing in April 2020. The second is a new record of Plains Hog-nosed Snake (Heterodon nasicus) from Gregory County. Though this specimen was collected in 1925, erroneous locality information recorded the individual from nearby in Nebraska, though the snake was actually collected near Fort Randall, along the Missouri River in present day Gregory County, South Dakota. The third is a note reporting an additional, previously unreported predator of the Smooth Greensnake (Opheodrys vernalis), the Wild Turkey, after an adult Smooth Greensnake was discovered in the crop of a Wild Turkey that was harvested in April 2020

Davis DR, Schardin B. 2020. Opheodrys vernalis (Smooth Greensnake). Predation. Herpetological Review 51:874. [PDF]

Davis DR. 2020. Geographic distribution: Heterodon nasicus (Plains Hog-nosed Snake). Herpetological Review 51:780. [PDF]

Davis DR, McElroy OD, Skadsen DR. 2020. Geographic distribution: Rana sylvatica (Wood Frog). Herpetological Review 51:770–771. [PDF]