Category: Miami-Dade county

The Brown Basilisk in South Florida, 11 June 2017

Basiliscus vittatus, the Brown basilisk; Miami-Dade county, Florida (11 June 2016). Native to Central America and the northern reaches of South America, the Brown basilisk, Basiliscus vittatus, is an impressively agile and speedy non-native lizard slowly spreading its way across south Florida. Adults range…

The Spectacled caiman in Coral Gables; 21 March 2015

Caiman crocodilus, the Spectacled caiman; Miami-Dade county, Florida (21 March 2015). Native to the southern reaches of Central America and the northern half of South America, the Spectacled caiman in a non-native species now found throughout parts of south Florida. Only averaging between four…

A Most Uncooperative Florida Cottonmouth, 26 July 2018

Agkistrodon conanti, the Florida cottonmouth, aka Agkistrodon piscivorus conanti; Miami-Dade county, Florida (26 July 2018). In my experience, you can generally divide snakes into two camps from a photographic perspective: the sort-of-cooperative snakes and the not-cooperative-in-the-gotdamn-slightest snakes. For example, Southern black racers are generally…

Just a Kid, Really: The Florida Banded Watersnake, 26 July 2018

Nerodia fasciata pictiventris, the Florida banded watersnake; Miami-Dade county, Florida (26 July 2018). Is there anything as adorable as a juvenile Florida banded watersnake (Nerodia fasciata pictiventris) just starting to wind and slink its way through life? As noted before on Floridensis (a few…

The Florida Green Watersnake, 26 July 2018

Nerodia floridana, the Florida green watersnake; Miami-Dade county, Florida (26 July 2018). I never stumble upon a Nerodia watersnake that I don’t adore. They’re just terrific, beautiful, and fascinating organisms. They’re also amazingly and consistently misunderstood and feared unnecessarily by the better part of…

The Brown Watersnake, 26 July 2018

Nerodia taxispilota, the Brown watersnake; Miami-Dade county, Florida (26 July 2018). Featured here is a fairly fantastic and fine Brown watersnake, Nerodia taxispilota, photographed during my post-thunderstorm road-cruise fiesta throughout Miami-Dade and Monroe counties, Florida. It was also the first of three such Brown…

The Corn Snake, 26 July 2018

Pantherophis guttatus, the Corn snake; Miami-Dade county, Florida (26 July 2018). During the evening of 26 July 2018 and after a good, long day trolling throughout the Florida Keys (those posts are forthcoming), I road-cruised and patrolled a decent swath of Monroe and Miami-Dade…

The Burmese Python in South Florida, 03 August 2017

Python bivittatus, the Burmese python; Miami-Dade county, Florida (03 August 2017). Native to southeastern Asia, the Burmese, python, Python bivittatus, has certainly earned quite the reputation in south Florida. Though this species was recorded in Everglades National Park as far back in the 1980s,…

Spring Break 2018: The Puerto Rican Crested Anole

Anolis cristatellus, the Puerto Rican crested anole; Miami-Dade county, Florida (17 March 2018). Series: Spring Break 2018. We return again to the Puerto Rican crested anole, Anolis cristatellus, a non-native species now strongly established within parts of South Florida. Though this species may appear…

Spring Break 2018: Carolina Greens!

Anolis carolinensis, the Carolina green anole; Miami-Dade county, Florida (17 March 2018). Series: Spring Break 2018. Above is a simple shot of a Carolina green anole, Anolis carolinensis, striking the classic trunk pose in Miami-Dade county, Florida. Sure, anoles can be pretty obvious when…

Spring Break 2018: The Western Bearded Anole

Anolis (Chamaeleolis) barbatus, the Western bearded anole (captive); Miami-Dade county, Florida (12 May 2018). Series: Spring Break 2018. Native to Cuba, the Western bearded anole is a heap of awesome, bumpy anole action. These photographs are of a few specimens on display during the…

Spring Break 2018: Anolis Symposium, Day II

Anolis Symposium VII; Miami-Dade county, Florida (18 March 2018). Series: Spring Break 2018. Growing up in Volusia county, Florida, anoles, those funky little lizards, were a daily happening in my childhood. When I think back to my early years in Florida, I remember four…