Category: Lake county

The Southern Ringneck Snake, 29 March 2014

Diadophis punctatus punctatus, the Southern ringneck snake; Lake county, Florida (29 March 2014). The Southern ringneck snake, Diadophis punctatus punctatus, is a small, reclusive species averaging only about a foot in length; I usually see them a bit shorter. Preying primarily upon slugs, earthworms,…

The Peninsula Ribbon Snake, 19 January 2017

Thamnophis sauritus sackenii, the Peninsula ribbon snake; Lake county, Florida (19 January 2017). When it comes to snakes, it’s not all about the BIG ones. The little ones can be pretty cool, too. The little ones, the slim ones, the trim ones… even the…

A Wolf spider with Babies, 20 April 2014

Hogna lenta, the Lenta wolf spider; Lake county, Florida (20 April 2014). Ah, babies. What would you do to protect your babies? Yes, this is a Hogna lenta wolf spider trekking about the suburban jungles of Lake county, Florida, with a pack full of…

The Florida Scarlet Snake, 18 April 2015

Cemophora coccinea coccinea, the Florida scarlet snake; Lake county, Florida (18 April 2015). Not even reaching two feet in length as a grown adult, the Florida scarlet snake, Cemophora coccinea coccinea, is a small and reclusive non-venomous snake. As is the case with the…

Storeria victa, 24 April 2016

Storeria victa, the Florida brown snake; Lake county, Florida (24 April 2016). Averaging less than a foot in length as adults, the Florida brown snake, Storeria victa, is a common (yet uncommonly seen) species. This non-venomous snake spends much of its time hidden under…

Protonotaria citrea, 10 April 2016

Protonotaria citrea, the Prothonotary warbler; Lake county, Florida (10 April 2016). The Prothonotary warbler, Protonotaria citrea, is a small species that spends much of its time rooting about the ground and fallen foliage near calm bodies of water (such as swamps, lakes, and the…

Anaxyrus terrestris, 28 February 2015

Anaxyrus terrestris, the Southern toad; Lake county, Florida (28 February 2015). If you’re in peninsular Florida and you see a toad hopping about a yard, odds are it’s a Southern toad, Anaxyrus terrestris. Of course, if the toad is ridiculously huge, it might be…

Nerodia floridana, 01 March 2015

Nerodia floridana, the Florida green watersnake; Lake county, Florida (01 March 2015). The Florida green watersnake, Nerodia floridana, is one of Florida’s robustly-sized non-venomous watersnakes. Though often confused as being a venomous Florida cottonmouth (Agkistrodon conanti), this species is entirely non-venomous. It prefers to…

Nerodia taxispilota, 01 March 2015

Nerodia taxispilota, the Brown watersnake; Lake county, Florida (01 March 2015). The Brown watersnake, Nerodia taxispilota, is one of Florida’s hefty (and entirely non-venomous) watersnake species. Considered to be the “most arboreal” of Florida’s watersnakes, when you hear stories about snakes dropping into canoes,…

Eleutherodactylus planirostris, 28 February 2015

Eleutherodactylus planirostris, the Greenhouse frog; Lake county, Florida (28 Februaray 2015). Native to Cuba, the Cayman Islands, and the Bahamas, the Greenhouse frog, Eleutherodactylus planirostris, is now well established throughout much of peninsular Florida. For a time, I’d only see them in yards and…

Gymnetis caseyi, 27 April 2013

Gymnetis caseyi, the Harlequin flower beetle; Lake county, Florida (27 April 2013, Nikon D90). The Harlequin flower beetle is a distinctive and rather vivid critter. In the United States, Gymnetis caseyi ranges from southern Texas eastward to the Floridian peninsula. To date, I’ve only…