Category: Reptiles

Agkistrodon conanti, 19 March 2015

Agkistrodon conanti, the Florida cottonmouth; Monroe county, Florida (19 March 2015). A juvenile Florida cottonmouth in south Florida striking a fairly classic chin-up pose. This is a cautionary stance. If further threatened, the snake would likely gape its mouth open to flash the cottony-white… Continue Reading “Agkistrodon conanti, 19 March 2015”

Ophisaurus ventralis, 01 October 2012

Ophisaurus ventralis, the Eastern glass lizard; Lowndes county, Georgia (01 October 2012). It’s not quite what I’d call the “stink eye,” but it’s about as close as a lizard can get to giving me the stink eye. Heh. Honestly, I adore the Eastern glass… Continue Reading “Ophisaurus ventralis, 01 October 2012”

Storeria victa, 22 February 2015

Storeria victa, the Florida brown snake; Lake county, Florida (22 February 2015). The Florida brown snake is common, harmless, and wicked small. They spend most of their time fairly well hidden under surface detritus and within loose soils. Given their habitat preference, it makes… Continue Reading “Storeria victa, 22 February 2015”

Opheodrys aestivus, 13 May 2013

Opheodrys aestivus, the Rough green snake; Lowndes county, Georgia (13 May 2013). Though certainly not uncommon, I don’t often spot the Rough green snake. They can, when tangled through the varied, lush greens of the American southeast, be somewhat invisible (to me at least)… Continue Reading “Opheodrys aestivus, 13 May 2013”

Anolis carolinensis, 13 July 2014

Anolis carolinensis, the Carolina green anole; Volusia county, Florida (13 July 2014). At our previous residence in Ormond Beach, we had a small group of Carolina green anoles who would be active at night. Generally speaking, this is a diurnal species, meaning they’re active… Continue Reading “Anolis carolinensis, 13 July 2014”

Liodytes alleni, 08 February 2015

Liodytes alleni, the Striped swampsnake; Brevard county, Florida (08 February 2015). Though common, the Striped swampsnake is a less commonly observed species. They spend most of their time in the water, but they do come up onto land from time to time, especially after… Continue Reading “Liodytes alleni, 08 February 2015”

Ctenosaura similis, 08 May 2014

Ctenosaura similis, the Black spiny-tailed iguana; Miami-Dade county, Florida (08 March 2014). When it comes to iguanas, South Florida sports more than just the well-known Green iguana. This is a Black spiny-tailed iguana, a Central American species now well-established throughout various stretches of the… Continue Reading “Ctenosaura similis, 08 May 2014”

Crotalus adamanteus, 08 May 2013

Crotalus adamanteus, the Eastern diamondback rattlesnake; Lowndes county, Georgia (08 May 2013). When I was a kid, it wasn’t uncommon to come across Eastern diamondback rattlesnakes in Volusia County, Florida. Sometimes you’d see them coiled up; other times you’d just hear them somewhere nearby,… Continue Reading “Crotalus adamanteus, 08 May 2013”

Crotalus horridus, 12 June 2013

Crotalus horridus, the Timber rattlesnake; Lanier county, Georgia (12 June 2013). Though they don’t quite range as far south as my home territory of Volusia county, Florida, I was fortunate enough to live in South Georgia for a few years — within their range.… Continue Reading “Crotalus horridus, 12 June 2013”

Thamnophis sirtalis sirtalis, 31 July 2016

Thamnophis sirtalis sirtalis, the Eastern garter snake; Brevard county, Florida (31 July 2016). A little electric blue action going on with this one — and, in fact, many of our local garters in Flagler, Volusia, and Brevard counties. In this part of Florida, the… Continue Reading “Thamnophis sirtalis sirtalis, 31 July 2016”

Anolis sagrei, 22 January 2023

Anolis sagrei, the Cuban brown anole; Flagler county, Florida (22 January 2023). It seems I’ve been a recent fan of mid-frame, mid-zoom anole shots recently. I usually frame them pretty tight and up close, but maybe a little pan-back action is fine from time… Continue Reading “Anolis sagrei, 22 January 2023”

Anolis cristatellus, 18 March 2017

Anolis cristatellus, the Puerto Rican crested anole; Miami-Dade county, Florida (18 March 2017). Check out the fantastic duo-tone dewlap design of the Puerto Rican crested anole. A non-native species now quite abundant throughout portions and stretches of the southern Florida peninsula, the Puerto Rican… Continue Reading “Anolis cristatellus, 18 March 2017”

Hemidactylus garnotii, 11 August 2013

Hemidactylus garnotii, the Indo-Pacific gecko; Volusia county, Florida (11 August 2013). Native to the Indo-Tropics (as its common name might suggest), H. garnotii is now well-established throughout much of the Floridian peninsula along with numerous other pockets around the world. This species is entirely… Continue Reading “Hemidactylus garnotii, 11 August 2013”

Plestiodon inexpectatus, 16 May 2015

Plestiodon inexpectatus, the Southeastern five-lined skink; Lake county, Florida (16 May 2015). Ah, yes, our beloved Southeastern five-lined skink. In central Florida, this is our dominant, most commonly observed skink species. Fairly small and quite slinky, I often find these scrambling and scurrying about… Continue Reading “Plestiodon inexpectatus, 16 May 2015”

Anolis equestris, 11 June 2016

Anolis equestris, the Cuban knight anole; Miami-Dade county, Florida (11 June 2016). A profile shot of a large, strong Cuban knight anole in south Florida. This non-native species is quite a site to behold when cruising about the Miami area. Not quite as large… Continue Reading “Anolis equestris, 11 June 2016”

Anolis sagrei, 02 January 2023

Anolis sagrei, the Cuban brown anole; Volusia county, Florida (02 January 2023). I do more (and better) with macro studies, of course, but I kind of dig the extreme figure-ground contrast of this in-situ Cuban brown anole meekly scratching out a living within the… Continue Reading “Anolis sagrei, 02 January 2023”

Sistrurus miliarius barbouri, 04 September 2016

Sistrurus miliarius barbouri, the Dusky pigmy rattlesnake; Volusia county, Florida (04 September 2016). Ultimately, I’ll probably post more dusky shots on Floridensis this year than any other species. Though I’ve worked with them steadily for the better part of a decade, my admiration and… Continue Reading “Sistrurus miliarius barbouri, 04 September 2016”

Alligator mississippiensis, 11 June 2016

Alligator mississippiensis, the American alligator; Miami-Dade county, Florida (11 June 2016). Here’s a nice, tight shot of a young American alligator striking the pose. For a time as a small child, gators weren’t all that commonly seen in my area of central Florida. Thanks… Continue Reading “Alligator mississippiensis, 11 June 2016”

Coluber constrictor priapus, 22 July 2016

Coluber constrictor priapus, the Southern black racer; Volusia county, Florida (22 July 2016). A Southern black racer reminding me how much more agile it is than I am. With their sharp visual acuity, lightning fast reflexes, reactive defensiveness, and rapid-fire speed-on-command, racers are a… Continue Reading “Coluber constrictor priapus, 22 July 2016”

Anolis carolinensis, 31 August 2011

Anolis carolinensis, the Carolina green anole; Lowndes county, Georgia (31 August 2011). A native Carolina green anole giving me the look around in Valdosta, Georgia. During my two years in Valdosta, it was nice seeing so many Green anoles relatively close to the group.… Continue Reading “Anolis carolinensis, 31 August 2011”

Iguana iguana, 18 March 2017

Iguana iguana, the Green iguana; Miami-Dade county, Florida (18 March 2017). The best kind of green is the green of a juvenile Green iguana chilling out in a thick tangle of greenery. What a sight. This little one was photographed on the edge of… Continue Reading “Iguana iguana, 18 March 2017”

Nerodia clarkii compressicauda, 09 July 2011

Nerodia clarkii compressicauda, the Mangrove salt marsh snake; Monroe county, Florida (09 July 2011). A fantastic Mangrove salt marsh snake just about to reach ecdysis, the shedding of its scales. Note the milky blue eye. That’s its ocular scale very, very ready to shed.… Continue Reading “Nerodia clarkii compressicauda, 09 July 2011”

Gopherus polyphemus, 11 December 2022

Gopherus polyphemus, the Gopher tortoise; Lake county, Florida (11 December 2022). This super young Gopher tortoise was loitering around a bit too close to a pool, so it was gently taken to the other side of the fence where the sandy dunes and nearby… Continue Reading “Gopherus polyphemus, 11 December 2022”

Nerodia floridana, 07 May 2017

Nerodia floridana, the Florida green watersnake; Lake county, Florida (07 May 2017). When it comes to Florida green watersnakes in my hands, the only thing better than catching a nice, healthy adult for photographs is catching two of them at the same time. I… Continue Reading “Nerodia floridana, 07 May 2017”

Anolis garmani, 11 June 2016

Anolis garmani, the Jamaican giant anole; Miami-Dade county, Florida (11 June 2016). It’s hard for me to overstate how much I adore the Jamaican giant anole. This species is most certainly not native to Florida but is now somewhat established in a few pockets… Continue Reading “Anolis garmani, 11 June 2016”

Agkistrodon conanti, 26 January 2021

Agkistrodon conanti, the Florida cottonmouth; Volusia county, Florida (26 January 2021). A simple message from a firm communicator saying, “Now’s the time to back off.” Florida cottonmouths are indeed venomous, but they are quite far from being “aggressive.” I’ve never once been chased by… Continue Reading “Agkistrodon conanti, 26 January 2021”

Coluber constrictor priapus, 18 April 2020

Coluber constrictor priapus, the Southern black racer; Volusia county, Florida (18 April 2020). I’m always delighted when I get a clear racer profile. This species is so active, so reactive, so energetic, so, so, so spastic. Heh. To put it mildly. It takes a… Continue Reading “Coluber constrictor priapus, 18 April 2020”

Agama picticauda, 02 September 2011

Agama picticauda, the African redhead agama; Miami-Dade county, Florida (02 September 2011). Also known as Peter’s rock agama, the African redhead agama is a non-native species now well established throughout much of south Florida. Steadily, they’ve been working their way northward, popping up here… Continue Reading “Agama picticauda, 02 September 2011”

Lampropeltis elapsoides, 13 April 2020

Lampropeltis elapsoides, the Scarlet kingsnake; Volusia county, Florida (13 April 2020). A Scarlet kingsnake reeling around a bit to see what the photographer guy is up to. This species is entirely non-venomous and unaggressive. It is fairly shy and reclusive, spending much of the… Continue Reading “Lampropeltis elapsoides, 13 April 2020”

Indotyphlops braminus, 28 April 2017

Indotyphlops braminus, the Brahminy blind snake; Volusia county, Florida (28 April 2017). The Brahminy blind snake is the smallest snake species in the world. Native to Southern Asia, this species has essentially colonized much of the world with thanks to the plant trade. This… Continue Reading “Indotyphlops braminus, 28 April 2017”

Sternotherus minor, 30 October 2016

Sternotherus minor, the Loggerhead musk turtle; Levy county, Florida (30 October 2016). Just getting started on the big game of life, here’s a wee Loggerhead musk turtle from the sparkling clear freshwaters of Levy county, Florida. Small turtle, big attitude!

Sistrurus miliarius barbouri, 01 January 2023

Sistrurus miliarius barbouri, the Dusky pigmy rattlesnake; Volusia county, Florida (01 January 2023). Serpentes.2023.002. Unsurprisingly, my second snake for 2023 was another Dusky pigmy rattlesnake. It’s a good thing I consider this to be my favorite species these days because I see them far… Continue Reading “Sistrurus miliarius barbouri, 01 January 2023”

Sistrurus miliarius barbouri, 01 January 2023

Sistrurus miliarius barbouri, the Dusky pigmy rattlesnake; Volusia county, Florida (01 January 2023). Serpentes.2023.001. It seems appropriate that my first snake for 2023 was a Dusky pigmy rattlesnake encountered a few short miles from my home during a New Year’s Day hike. This species… Continue Reading “Sistrurus miliarius barbouri, 01 January 2023”

Nerodia fasciata pictiventris, 09 September 2006

Nerodia fasciata pictiventris, the Florida banded watersnake; Alachua county, Florida (09 September 2006). This is a caramello (as I call it) variant of the non-venomous and entirely unaggressive Florida banded watersnake, a highly variable subspecies of the Banded watersnake. I tend to mostly see… Continue Reading “Nerodia fasciata pictiventris, 09 September 2006”

Pantherophis alleghaniensis, 01 March 2007

Pantherophis alleghaniensis, the Eastern (yellow) rat snake; Volusia county, Florida (01 March 2007). I like to have fun with macro photographs by playing around with the background elements. Bokeh is delicious. In this case, the background yellow gradient was actually a yellow road stripe;… Continue Reading “Pantherophis alleghaniensis, 01 March 2007”

Sistrurus miliarius barbouri, 23 March 2021

Sistrurus miliarius barbouri, the Dusky pigmy rattlesnake; Volusia county, Florida (23 March 2021). A mid-sized Dusky pigmy rattlesnake perched patiently in the tangles of Ormond Beach, Florida. As I frequently note, I find Duskies to be delightful to work with. They can be remarkably… Continue Reading “Sistrurus miliarius barbouri, 23 March 2021”

Thamnophis saurita sackenii, 19 January 2017

Thamnophis saurita sackenii, the Peninsula ribbon snake; Lake county, Florida (19 January 2017). Peninsula ribbon snakes are closely related to the more commonly recognized garter snakes. Ribbons tend to be a bit thinner and, well, ribbon-like. I tend to find them very close to… Continue Reading “Thamnophis saurita sackenii, 19 January 2017”

Python bivittatus, 03 August 2017

Python bivittatus, the Burmese python; Miami-Dade county, Florida (03 August 2017). A young Burmese python crossing a lonely road in south Florida. This non-native species has proven to be catastrophic to our native wildlife in south Florida. As adults, they have considerable appetites and… Continue Reading “Python bivittatus, 03 August 2017”

Leiocephalus carinatus, 07 August 2017

Leiocephalus carinatus, the Northern curlytail lizard; Monroe county, Florida (07 August 2017). Native to Cuba, the Bahamas, and the Cayman Islands, the Northern curltytail lizard is steadily making its way north throughout the Florida peninsula. I’ve seen them down in the Florida Keys and… Continue Reading “Leiocephalus carinatus, 07 August 2017”

Sceloporus woodi, 09 June 2017

Sceloporus woodi, the Florida scrub lizard; Martin county, Florida (09 June 2017). The Florida scrub lizard ranges mostly throughout the higher elevations of the Florida ridge, but we also have a thick line of populations near the Atlantic coast in lower central Florida. This… Continue Reading “Sceloporus woodi, 09 June 2017”

Caiman crocodilus, 21 March 2015

Caiman crocodilus, the Spectacled caiman; Miami-Dade county, Florida (21 March 2015). The Spectacled caiman is a small, non-native crocodilian species now present in various pockets of southern Florida. Native to Central and South America, this species is relatively cold intolerant, which may (for now)… Continue Reading “Caiman crocodilus, 21 March 2015”

Crocodylus acutus, 12 March 2021

Crocodylus acutus, the American crocodile. Monroe county, Florida (12 March 2021). Though surprising to some, Florida is home to two native crocodilian species. In addition to the more-famous American alligator, south Florida is also home to the American crocodile, Crocodylus acutus. A large but… Continue Reading “Crocodylus acutus, 12 March 2021”

Sistrurus miliarius barbouri, 16 March 2016

Sistrurus miliarius barbouri, the Dusky pigmy rattlesnake; Volusia county, Florida (16 March 2016). Though venomous, the Dusky pigmy rattlesnake is an intensely shy and reclusive species. They are most assuredly not aggressive, as some insist on believing. My respect and adoration of this species… Continue Reading “Sistrurus miliarius barbouri, 16 March 2016”

Rhadinaea flavilata, 13 April 2020

Rhadinaea flavilata, the Pinewoods snake; Volusia county, Florida (13 April 2020). The Pinewoods snake is a small, reclusive species that spends most of its time hidden from view. Though not particularly uncommon, they are uncommonly seen by people. We were lucky to have a… Continue Reading “Rhadinaea flavilata, 13 April 2020”

Sternotherus minor, 30 October 2016

Sternotherus minor, the Loggerhead musk turtle; Levy county, Florida (30 October 2016). The Loggerhead musk turtle is a fairly small and robust aquatic species ranging throughout the Northern Florida peninsula and much of Georgia. It only grow upwards to three to five inches in… Continue Reading “Sternotherus minor, 30 October 2016”

Cemophora coccinea coccinea, 18 April 2015

Cemophora coccinea coccinea, the Florida scarlet snake; Lake county, Florida (18 April 2015). The Florida scarlet snake is a non-venomous subspecies ranging throughout the peninsula. Though they are often misidentified as being venomous coral snakes, a closer look at the head will reveal a… Continue Reading “Cemophora coccinea coccinea, 18 April 2015”

Micrurus fulvius, 21 October 2017

Micrurus fulvius, the Eastern coral snake; Marion county, Florida (21 October 2017). Up close with an Eastern coral snake, a fairly common yet reclusive venomous species in the American southeast. Though it certainly does pack a potent neurotoxic venom, the Eastern coral snake is… Continue Reading “Micrurus fulvius, 21 October 2017”

Diadophis punctatus punctatus, 29 March 2014

Diadophis punctatus punctatus, the Southern ringneck snake; Lake county, Florida (29 March 2014). The Southern ringneck is a small, stealthy, most-subterranean subspecies fairly abundant in the American southeast, especially in Florida. They spend most of their time buried somewhat beneath surface detritus but can… Continue Reading “Diadophis punctatus punctatus, 29 March 2014”

Nerodia erythrogaster transversa, 10 June 2004

Nerodia erythrogaster transversa, the Blotched watersnake; Cleveland county, Oklahoma (10 June 2004). This shot isn’t too great, but the species is. Throwing the line back out west, this is a Blotched watersnake, one of the Plainbelly watersnake subspecies, photographed in Norman, Oklahoma. When I… Continue Reading “Nerodia erythrogaster transversa, 10 June 2004”

Nerodia clarkii taeniata (x) N. fasciata pictiventris, 23 April 2006

Nerodia clarkii taeniata (x) Nerodia fasciata pictiventris, hybrid of the Atlantic salt marsh snake and the Florida banded watersnake; Brevard county, Florida (23 April 2006). Once upon an ago, the Atlantic salt marsh snake was a well-established subspecies of the Salt marsh snake in… Continue Reading “Nerodia clarkii taeniata (x) N. fasciata pictiventris, 23 April 2006”