Sistrurus miliarius barbouri, the Dusky pigmy rattlesnake;
Volusia county, Florida (12 May 2021).
About two years after retiring Floridensis.com, I’ve decided to resurrect and reboot the site from scratch. I’d shifted to mainly posting directly on Twitter (because this is a social media universe), but Twitter’s recent changes and subsequent behaviors have lulled me back into website land. I’ll post images directly to this website and then perhaps share the posts (with images) elsewhere. I really don’t want to rely on an external network, though, so I’m bringing it all back home.
As the site grows, you’ll notice how particular I am when it comes to organization and tagging. Each image will be categorized and/or tagged cladistically and even by location (to the county). In short, once the photos start to stack up (and they most certainly will start to stack up), I like for them to be organizable and filterable by the user — almost like a reference guide. Lack of organization was always my least favorite aspect of social media.
Each post/image will always be accompanied with a caption detailing species, location, and date. In the recent past, I generally haven’t written too much on most posts. I generally see this more as a photo stream than as a proper blog… Still, I may do a bit more writing with this iteration of Floridensis.
Throughout December, I’ll be posting and tinkering with the design of the site; I have to catch up on WordPress upgrades over the past few years. In my mind, I’m aiming for a January 2023 full launch, but I’ll be posting throughout December in order to set up categories and site infrastructure. A nice way to start the New Year and perhaps inspire myself to get out more. The past few years have been downers on my end of the wires, and I’ve been lacking much of my outdoorsy motivation. I plan spending a lot more of 2023 (and beyond) outdoors.
As for this photo, this is a lovely Dusky pigmy rattlesnake, an extremely abundant species throughout my neck of the Floridian peninsula (especially around parts of the Tomoka State Park and Bulow Creek State Park complex). Though venomous, this is a shy, small, and reclusive species. They are not aggressive in the slightest, though they will sometimes spazz out a bit as a defensive display. This species is my most-commonly-observed species where I live. I adore them!
Beautiful snake. Interesting how the coloring of the pygmy snake varies. The North Carolina one have a reddish color to them.
It does indeed sport quite a bit of variation across its range! Here in central/NE Florida, they can be wicked dark and ash gray — usually somewhere in between, of course, but occasionally on either side of the spectrum. Always delighted to come across them!