laticeps (Schneider), broad- C, S headed skink Scincella lateralis (Say), ground skink S Family Colubridae (common snakes) Carphophis
amoenus (Say), worm snake S Cemophora coccinea (Blumenbach), scarlet S snake Coluber constrictor Linnaeus, black racer I Clonophis kirtlandii (Kennicott), N, C, SE Kirtland's snake Diadophis punctatus (Linnaeus), S northern ringneck snake Elaphe obsoleta (Say), black rat snake I E.
Four species reported from early studies and not encountered during our study (Bufo cognatus, Carphophis vermis, Crotalus horridus and Thamnophis radix) have been documented in recent years, in or close to, Riley and Geary counties (Heinrich and Kaufman, 1985; Collins, 1993; Kazmaier, 1993).
Burt (1927) reported spending considerable time along Wildcat Creek, and several species that currently occupy wooded slopes along streams (Storeria dekayi, Carphophis vermis, Nerodia sipedon and Thamnophis sirtalis) were reported by Burt to be more common than we found them to be in 1993.
One salamander (Plethodon glutinosus), one turtle (Chrysemy picta), and six snakes (Coluber constrictor, Thamnophis sauritus, Lampropeltis calligaster, Heterodon platyrhinos, Diadophis punctatus, and Carphophis
amoenus) reported by Whitaker (1994) were not observed in 1998.