Master's Theses



Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)


The purpose of the problem was threefold. Firstly, the study was to determine the kind and relative abundance of the species of amphibians and reptiles in Ellis County. Secondly, a knowledge of the localities for the various species was important. And thirdly, the study was to initiate the development of a herpetological collection at Fort Hays Kansas State College. Specimens were collected by different methods for the different species. In general the best results were obtained by seining and night collecting trips for amphibians, by seining and hook and line for turtles, by rock turning for lizards and by rock turning and trapping for snakes. Thirty-six species were collected during the study: nine species of amphibians representing six families and twenty-seven species of reptiles representing nine families. Of the twenty-seven reptiles, two were previously unrecorded from Ellis County. Five species previously recorded from the county were not taken in the study, and eight expected species representing four families were not found in the county.


Charles A. Ely

Date of Award

Spring 1962

Document Type

Thesis - campus only access


© 1962 Charles Deane Gish


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