Category: Collier county

Spring Break 2018: A Wee Red-Bellied Cooter

Pseudemys nelsoni, the Florida red-bellied cooter; Collier county, Florida (15 March 2018). Series: Spring Break 2018. Of all the reptiles in the American southeast, I’m perhaps loosest and least confident when it comes to identifying cooters (Pseudemys sp.) and sliders (Trachemys sp.). While some…

Spring Break 2018: The Crested Caracara

Caracara cheriway, the Crested caracara; Collier county, Florida (15 March 2018). Series: Spring Break 2018. Here are two fairly lame (“drive-by”) shots of one extraordinary bird species: The Crested caracara, Caracara cheriway. A member of the Falcon family, the Crested caracara is a large…

Spring Break 2018: Another Florida Green Watersnake!

Nerodia floridana, the Florida green watersnake; Collier county, Florida (15 March 2018). Series: Spring Break 2018. This is our third Florida green watersnake (Nerodia floridana) post for the Spring Break 2018┬áseries. Some may say Too much is not enough, and I generally agree with…

Spring Break 2018: A Dark and Wet Florida Banded Watersnake

Nerodia fasciata pictiventris, the Florida banded watersnake; Collier county, Florida (15 March 2018). Series: Spring Break 2018. Here’s a set of in situ shots of a Florida banded watersnake, Nerodia fasciata pictiventris, scouting the swampy shallows of Collier county, Florida. This non-venomous species is…

Spring Break 2018: In Search of Gray-Dewlap Green Anoles (Part IV)

Anolis carolinensis, the Carolina green anole; Collier county, Florida (15 March 2018). Series: Spring Break 2018. As we’ve seen in Parts I, II, and III, the “gray-dewlap” Green anoles of southwest Florida are quite awesome and distinctive. Gone (to a certain extent) is the…

Spring Break 2018: Lubbers!

Romalea microptera, the Eastern lubber grasshopper; Collier county, Florida; 15 March 2018. Series: Spring Break 2018. Lest we ignore and disrespect our lubber friends! Featured here is a gaggle of young Eastern lubber grasshoppers, Romalea microptera, a pesky and fairly abundant species of biggish…

Spring Break 2018: A Banded Watersnake

Nerodia fasciata pictiventris, the Florida banded watersnake; Collier county, Florida (15 March 2018). Series: Spring Break 2018. Prior to our jaunt south for Spring Break 2018, it had actually been a while since I’d come across a Florida banded watersnake (Nerodia fasciata pictiventris), which…