Category: Miami-Dade county

The Brown Watersnake, 10 November 2018

Nerodia taxispilota, the Brown watersnake; Miami-Dade county, Florida (10 November 2018). When it comes to peninsula Florida’s three most-dominant inland watersnake species, I was three-for-three on this one particular night in Miami-Dade county. In addition to the Florida banded watersnakes (Nerodia fasciata pictiventris) and…

A Young Florida Green Watersnake (II); 10 November 2018

Nerodia floridana, the Florida green watersnake; Miami-Dade county, Florida (10 November 2018). Following up on our last post, here’s the second of two sub-adult Florida green watersnakes I found adjacent to one another on a lonely south Florida roadway well after the sun had…

A Young Florida Green Watersnake (I); 10 November 2018

Nerodia floridana, the Florida green watersnake; Miami-Dade county, Florida (10 November 2018). This youngster was one of two sub-adult Florida green watersnakes I came across laying next to each other on the side of a road in south Florida. Both appeared quite healthy. Both…

A Young Florida Banded Watersnake, 10 November 2018

Nerodia fasciata pictiventris, the Florda banded watersnake; Miami-Dade county, Florida (10 November 2018). Not all snakes you find on Florida’s nighttime roads have fallen victim to vehicular mayhem. Thankfully. I came across this young (non-venomous) Florida banded watersnake (Nerodia fasciata pictiventris) chilling near the…

A Roughed Up Red Rat Snake, 10 November 2018

Pantherophis guttatus, the Red rat (corn) snake; Miami-Dade county, Florida (10 November 2018). An unfortunate and sadly unavoidable byproduct of spending so much time looking for snakes while trolling Florida’s roadways after the sun sets is that you inevitably come across snake after snake…

The Eastern Rat Snake (of the Everglades Variety), 10 November 2018

Pantherophis alleghaniensis, the Eastern rat snake; Miami-Dade county, Florida (10 November 2018). This past weekend, I slipped down to south Florida for a romp through the tangles and flats of the Everglades system — working my way through Big Cypress National Preserve, Everglades National…

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…