Category: Reptiles

Anolis chlorocyanus, 21 January 2017

Anolis chlorocyanus, the Hispaniolan green anole; Broward county, Florida (21 January 2017). I’m in dire need of a return trip to south Florida to find more of chlorocyanus. Learn more about this species at iNaturalist.org.

Nerodia fasciata pictiventris, 30 April 2020

Nerodia fasciata pictiventris, the Florida banded watersnake; Volusia county, Florida (30 April 2020). Slick watersnake on a shadowy, slick surface. Learn more about this species at iNaturalist.org.

Nerodia fasciata pictiventris, 15 March 2018

Nerodia fasciata pictiventris, the Florida banded watersnake; Collier county, Florida (15 March 2018). Not all sticks floating in water are actually sticks floating in water.  Learn more about this species at iNaturalist.org.

Nerodia fasciata pictiventris, 15 March 2018

Nerodia fasciata pictiventris, the Florida banded watersnake; Collier county, Florida (15 March 2018). Lateral profile shot. Fairly typical — but lighter than many of the large adults I find in Collier.  Learn more about this species at iNaturalist.org.

Nerodia fasciata pictiventris, 15 March 2018

Nerodia fasciata pictiventris, the Florida banded watersnake; Collier county, Florida (15 March 2018). U-coil reference shot of mid-body dorsal patterning and keeling. Learn more about this species at iNaturalist.org.

Nerodia fasciata pictiventris, 15 March 2018

Nerodia fasciata pictiventris, the Florida banded watersnake; Collier county, Florida (15 March 2018). U-coil reference shot of ventral patterning. Learn more about this species at iNaturalist.org.

Nerodia fasciata pictiventris, 15 March 2018

Nerodia fasciata pictiventris, the Florida banded watersnake; Collier county, Florida (15 March 2018). Lower jaw patterning of a fairly typical Florida banded watersnake from South Florida. Learn more about this species at iNaturalist.org.

Kinosternon subrubrum, 19 April 2015

Kinosternon subrubrum subrubrum, the Southeastern mud turtle; Lowndes county, Georgia (19 April 2015). Check out that little hook line from the upper jaw to the lower jaw. Learn more about this species at iNaturalist.org.

Kinosternon subrubrum, 19 April 2015

Kinosternon subrubrum subrubrum, the Eastern mud turtle; Lowndes county, Georgia (19 April 2015). Plastron plating of garnet and gold. Absolutely gorgeous! Learn more about this species at iNaturalist.org.

Kinosternon subrubrum, 19 April 2015

Kinosternon subrubrum subrubrum, the Eastern mud turtle; Lowndes county, Georgia (19 April 2015). Tiny little armored transport waiting for clearance to take off. Learn more about this species at iNaturalist.org.

Anolis cybotes, 21 January 2017

Anolis cybotes, the Hispaniolan stout anole; Broward county, Florida (21 January 2017). I never tire of Anolis texture. Little dragons of excellence.  Learn more about this species at iNaturalist.org.

Anolis cybotes, 21 January 2017

Anolis cybotes, the Hispaniolan stout anole; Broward county, Florida (21 January 2017). A dewlap reference shot of A. cybotes. Learn more about this species at iNaturalist.org.

Anolis cybotes, 21 January 2017

Anolis cybotes, the Hispaniolan stout anole; Broward county, Florida (21 January 2017). Non-native to the United States and only in limited areas of south Florida. Learn more about this species at iNaturalist.org.

Nerodia fasciata pictiventris, 16 April 2016

Nerodia fasciata pictiventris, the Florida banded watersnake; Nassau county (16 April 2016). Full body, dorsal view of a Northeast Florida banded watersnake. I see this pattern mostly in south Georgia and north Florida, though I do also find it from time to time in central Florida (Lake…

Nerodia fasciata pictiventris, 16 April 2016

Nerodia fasciata pictiventris, the Florida banded watersnake; Nassau county (16 April 2016). Faded ventral pattern of one of the northeast Florida banded watersnakes.  Note: Nassau county (in extreme northeast Florida) is close to the zone of intergradation between the Florida subspecies (N. f. pictiventris) and…

Nerodia fasciata pictiventris, 16 April 2016

Nerodia fasciata pictiventris, the Florida banded watersnake; Nassau county (16 April 2016). One of the Nassau county banded watersnakes, a mid-sized, fairly-trim adult.  Note: Nassau county (in extreme northeast Florida) is close to the zone of intergradation between the Florida subspecies (N. f. pictiventris)…

Nerodia floridana, 01 March 2015

Nerodia floridana, the Florida green watersnake; Lake county, Florida (01 March 2015). Classic scaling on that big, meaty head.  Learn more about this species at iNaturalist.org.

Nerodia floridana, 01 March 2015

Nerodia floridana, the Florida green watersnake; Lake county, Florida (01 March 2015). Full body perspective of a fairly typical Florida green watersnake in Lake county, Florida.  Learn more about this species at iNaturalist.org.

Nerodia floridana, 01 March 2015

Nerodia floridana, the Florida green watersnake; Lake county, Florida (01 March 2015). What a fantastic expression. As robust as they may be, I’ll never get over the DERP-factor of the Florida green watersnake. Learn more about this species at iNaturalist.org.

Sceloporus undulatus undulatus, 17 May 2009

Sceloporus undulatus undulatus, the Eastern fence lizard; Columbia county, Florida (17 May 2009). A full body shot of our little armored undulatus.  Learn more about this species at iNaturalist.org.

Sceloporus undulatus undulatus, 17 May 2009

Sceloporus undulatus undulatus, the Eastern fence lizard; Columbia county, Florida (17 May 2009). Just a splash of neck action on this one. Learn more about this species at iNaturalist.org.

Sceloporus undulatus undulatus, 17 May 2009

Sceloporus undulatus undulatus, the Southern fence lizard; Columbia county, Florida (17 May 2009). I don’t see nearly enough of these in my home territory of coastal Volusia. Learn more about this species at iNaturalist.org.

Coluber constrictor priapus, 29 December 2014

Coluber constrictor priapus, the Southern black racer (juvenile); Volusia county, Florida (29 December 2014). I feel like I can stare at them staring at me all day long, yet they always win the staring contest. Learn more about this species at iNaturalist.org.

Coluber constrictor priapus, 29 December 2014

Coluber constrictor priapus, the Southern black racer (juvenile); Volusia county, Florida (29 December 2014). A juvenile on the cusp of adulthood. Learn more about this species at iNaturalist.org.

Coluber constrictor priapus, 29 December 2014

Coluber constrictor priapus, the Southern black racer (juvenile); Volusia county, Florida (29 December 2014). Southern black racers are born with the most fantastically punchy of attitudes. Learn more about this species at iNaturalist.org.  

Nerodia taxispilota, 30 October 2016

Nerodia taxispilota, the Brown watersnake; Levy county, Florida (30 October 2016). At this point, Brown watersnakes may be in the lead for my favorite species to see up close. I find them to be extraordinarily beautiful.  Learn more about this species at iNaturalist.org.  

Nerodia taxispilota, 30 October 2016

Nerodia taxispilota, the Brown watersnake; Levy county, Florida (30 October 2016). A reference shot of some excellent ventral patterning. Learn more about this species at iNaturalist.org.

Nerodia taxispilota, 30 October 2016

Nerodia taxispilota, the Brown watersnake; Levy county, Florida (30 October 2016). Eric spends a little quality time with one of many Nerodia taxispilota in this area. Learn more about this species at iNaturalist.org.

Thamnophis sirtalis sirtalis. 10 June 2020

Thamnophis sirtalis sirtalis, the Eastern garter snake; Volusia county, Florida (10 June 2020). Almost a metallic-like shimmer. This was a seriously beautiful garter.  Learn more about this species at iNaturalist.org.

Thamnophis sirtalis sirtalis. 10 June 2020

Thamnophis sirtalis sirtalis, the Eastern garter snake; Volusia county, Florida (10 June 2020). Lateral/dorsal reference study of garter scales. Learn more about this species at iNaturalist.org.

Thamnophis sirtalis sirtalis. 10 June 2020

Thamnophis sirtalis sirtalis, the Eastern garter snake; Volusia county, Florida (10 June 2020). Ventral u-coil reference shot presumably after a nice meal? Learn more about this species at iNaturalist.org.

Iguana iguana, 09 July 2011

Iguana iguana, the Green iguana; Monroe county, Florida (09 July 2011). Some folks may be surprised by how well the big ones can climb. And fast! So, so fast! Learn more about this species at iNaturalist.org.

Iguana iguana, 10 July 2011

Iguana iguana, the Green iguana; Monroe county, Florida (10 July 2011). This is my spirit animal, my patronus. Learn more about this species at iNaturalist.org.

Iguana iguana, 10 July 2011

Iguana iguana, the Green iguana; Monroe county, Florida (10 July 2011). A juvenile Green iguana starting its mortal journey in the Florida Keys. What fortune! Learn more about this species at iNaturalist.org.

Indotyphlops braminus, 02 March 2012

Indotyphlops braminus, the Brahminy blind snake; Lake county, Florida (02 March 2012). A not-so-behemoth Brahminy blind snake. This is one tiny snake species.  Learn more about this species at iNaturalist.org.

Indotyphlops braminus, 02 March 2012

Indotyphlops braminus, the Brahminy blind snake; Lake county, Florida (02 March 2012). Just check out that tiny little face with those tiny little eyes! Learn more about this species at iNaturalist.org.

Indotyphlops braminus, 02 March 2012

Indotyphlops braminus, the Brahminy blind snake; Lake county, Florida (02 March 2012). The ventral scaling of the ever-so-tiny (and non-native to Florida) Brahminy blind snake. Learn more about this species at iNaturalist.org.

Haldea striatula, 20 January 2013

Haldea striatula, the Rough earth snake; Lowndes county, Georgia (20 January 2013). A set of Rough earth snakes wondering what their next move should be.  Learn more about this species at iNaturalist.org.

Haldea striatula, 20 January 2013

Haldea striatula, the Rough earth snake; Lowndes county, Georgia (20 January 2013). Don’t get me wrong, I was very pleased with how well(ish) my iPhone snagged these unexpected shots, but still… How I wish I’d had my Nikon and 60mm macro lens with me!…

Haldea striatula, 20 January 2013

Haldea striatula, the Rough earth snake; Lowndes county, Georgia (20 January 2013). A species we don’t have in Volusia county, but one that I’ve seen in southern Georgia, this is a pair of Rough earth snakes I found under a slab in Valdosta. I…

Diadophis punctatus punctatus, 29 March 2014

Diadophis punctatus punctatus, the Southern ringneck snake; Lake county, Florida (29 March 2014). As small as it may be, I find the Southern ringneck to be jammed with BIG design choices, so to speak.  Learn more about this species at iNaturalist.org.

Diadophis punctatus punctatus, 29 March 2014

Diadophis punctatus punctatus, the Southern ringneck snake; Lake county, Florida (29 March 2014). There’s a simplicity to the Southern ringneck I find extremely appealing. I’m always happy to find one of these little charmers. Learn more about this species at iNaturalist.org.

Diadophis punctatus punctatus, 29 March 2014

Diadophis punctatus punctatus, the Southern ringneck snake; Lake county, Florida (29 March 2014). I’m in a Let’s-Get-Small kind of mood, so let’s revisit the delectably adorable and diminutive Southern ringneck snake! Learn more about this species at iNaturalist.org.

Storeria victa, 01 May 2016

Storeria victa, the Florida brown snake; Lake county, Florida (01 May 2016). Another table-top shot of the Florida brown snake. Learn more about this species at iNaturalist.org.

Storeria victa, 01 May 2016

Storeria victa, the Florida brown snake; Lake county, Florida (01 May 2016). A resting-profile of a Florida brown snake on a glass table. The blue is from a hyper-blue patio chair on the far end of the table. I do love light! Learn more…

Storeria victa, 01 May 2016

Storeria victa, the Florida brown snake; Lake county, Florida (01 May 2016). Fairly small, fairly common, and fairly lovely! Learn more about this species at iNaturalist.org.

Crotalus horridus, 12 June 2013

Crotalus horridus, the Timber rattlesnake; Lanier county, Georgia (12 June 2013). A macro perspective of one seriously impressive badass.  Learn more about this species at iNaturalist.org.

Crotalus horridus, 12 June 2013

Crotalus horridus, the Timber rattlesnake; Lanier county, Georgia (12 June 2013). A closer look at the infamous rattle.  Learn more about this species at iNaturalist.org.

Crotalus horridus, 12 June 2013

Crotalus horridus, the Timber rattlesnake; Lanier county, Georgia (12 June 2013). Not a species we have in Volusia county, Florida, but one I was able to observe in Lanier county, Georgia, a few clicks north of the FL/GA border. Learn more about this species…

Liodytes alleni, 08 February 2015

Liodytes alleni, the Striped crayfish snake; Brevard county, Florida (08 February 2015). I adore those big, glassy eyes. Learn more about this species at iNaturalist.org.