Category: The Everglades System Circuit (Miami-Dade, Monroe, and Collier counties)

The American crocodile of South Florida; 21 March 2015

Crocodylus acutus, the American crocodile; Monroe county, Florida (21 March 2015). When you think of Florida big reptilian beasts, you probably think of the American alligator¬†(Alligator mississippiensis). That certainly makes sense given how many massive alligators we have sprawled out and lumbering across the…

Fight! Two Brown Anoles Vie for the Title, 25 May 2012

Anolis sagrei, the Cuban brown anole; Collier county, Florida (25 May 2012). This was a fun encounter. Here we have two Cuban brown anoles, both male, tearing each other up for bragging rights, so to speak. Male Cuban brown anoles will battle each other…

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: A Big, Old Brown Watersnake

Nerodia taxispilota, the Brown watersnake; Collier county, Florida (15 March 2018). Series: Spring Break 2018. At last, we’ll wrap up our extended-run of Spring Break 2018 with one last Brown watersnake, Nerodia taxispilota. Watersnakes tend to show the marks of time and history on…

Spring Break 2018: The Brown Anole

Anolis sagrei, the Cuban brown anole; Collier county, Florida (15 March 2018). Series: Spring Break 2018. Of all the lizards in Florida today, the Cuban brown anole, Anolis sagrei, is likely the most frequently encountered. When I was a kid growing up in Volusia…

Spring Break 2018: The Brown Watersnake, 14 March 2018

Nerodia taxispilota, the Brown watersnake; Monroe county, Florida (14 March 2018). Series: Spring Break 2018. At long last, we’re winding down the big Spring Break 2018 series (which took much longer to work through than I’d originally anticipated), and all we have left are…

Spring Break 2018: Pond Cypress

Taxodium ascendens, the Pond cypress; Collier county, Florida (15 March 2018). Series: Spring Break 2018. Big Cypress National Preserve is appropriately named. The region is, in fact, rather big, and there’s certainly no shortage of cypress throughout. Of course, Pond cypress, Taxodium ascendens, isn’t…