Category: Florida

The Io Moth, 12 June 2013

Automeris io, the Io moth; Lowndes county, Georgia (12 June 2013). With an adult wingspan ranging between two and three-and-a-half inches (or so), the Io moth, Automeris io, is an extremely recognizable and distinctive species throughout much of the eastern United States. It’s also a…

The Rabid Wolf Spider, 28 June 2013

Rabidosa rabida, the Rabid wolf spider; Lowndes county, Georgia (28 June 2013). Despite its less-than-comforting common name, the Rabid wolf spider isn’t really a threat to people. Sure, they can bite in self-defense, and that bite may hurt a bit if it occurs, but…

The Black Witch Moth, 19 March 2015

Ascalapha odorata, the Black witch moth; Monroe county, Florida (19 March 2015). Given that Halloween is fast approaching, now seems an apt time to introduce the Black witch moth (Ascalapha odorata) to the wiggly world of Floridensis. Averaging around four to five inches in…

The Parthenogenically Awesome Indo-Pacific Gecko, 13 August 2013

Hemidactylus garnotii, the Indo-Pacific gecko; Volusia county, Florida (13 August 2013). The Indo-Pacific gecko (Hemidactylus garnotii), also commonly referred to as Garnot’s house gecko, is a towering can of kick-ass awesomeness. It’s a species I regularly use as an example when I’m discussing the…

The Scarlet-bodied wasp moth in Volusia county, Florida (23 April 2015)

Cosmosoma myrodora, the Scarlet-bodied wasp moth; Volusia county, Florida (23 April 2015). A few shots of a Scarlet-bodied wasp moth taken a few years back on my back patio. Though confused as (or at least suspected of) being some kind of devious wasp out…

The Eastern Mud Turtle, 19 April 2013

Kinosternon subrubrum subrubrum, the Eastern mud turtle; Lowndes county, Georgia; 19 April 2013. Despite it’s common name, the Eastern mud turtle (Kinosternon subrubrum subrubrum) is a particularly pretty and adorable turtle species. With a carapace length averaging between three to five inches or so,…

The Rough Green Snake, 13 May 2013

Opheodrys aestivus, the Rough green snake; Lowndes county, Georgia (13 May 2013). It’s been far too long since I’ve seen a wild Rough green snake (Opheodrys aestivus). In fact, this individual was the last one — and that was back in May of 2013….

The Ailanthus webworm moth, 26 April 2015

Atteva aurea, the Ailanthus webworm moth; Volusia county, Florida (26 April 2015). The Ailanthus webworm moth is fairly easy to walk by at night, but if you do manage to spot it, and if you do choose to lean in and peer closer, you’ll be…

This Striped Crayfish Snake is Not an Astronaut, 08 February 2015

Liodytes alleni, the Striped crayfish snake; Brevard county, Florida (08 February 2015). The Striped crayfish snake, Liodytes alleni (previously and alternatively classified as Regina alleni), is a slick and reclusive little serpent. Averaging around a foot and a half in length as adults, this species spends…

The Eastern Garter Snake of the Blue-Green Variety, 04 January 2015

Thamnophis sirtalis sirtalis, the Eastern garter snake; Volusia county, Florida (04 January 2015). Ranging across North America from the Atlantic west to the Pacific, Thamnophis sirtalis is one durable and adaptable species. In Florida, our recognized subspecies is Thamnophis sirtalis sirtalis, the Eastern garter…

The African Redhead Agama, 09 June 2017

Agama picticauda, the African redhead agama; Martin county, Florida (09 June 2017). The African redhead agama (Agama picticauda, arguably) is, as its common name might suggest, a non-native lizard species now scratching out a living along the Atlantic coast of southern Florida. The furthest…

The Second Florida Banded Watersnake on 17 September 2018

Nerodia fasciata pictiventris, the Florida banded watersnake; Alachua county, Florida (15 September 2018). Watersnake populations tend to come and go with time. An area thick with them can dry up rather suddenly because of any number of environmental factors: pollution, water level, loss of prey,…