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

A Mouthy Florida Banded Watersnake in South Florida; 27 November 2015

Nerodia fasciata pictiventris, the Florida banded watersnake; Collier county, Florida (27 November 2015). Florida banded watersnakes (Nerodia fasciata pictiventris) carry a bad rep in the state of Florida. Though entirely non-venomous and not a threat to the species that put living beings on the…

A Stubborn Florida Cottonmouth, 15 March 2019

Agkistrodon conanti, the Florida cottonmouth (aka Agkistrodon piscivorus conanti); Miami-Dade county, Florida (15 March 2019). This somewhat-young and modestly-stubborn Florida cottonmouth (Agkistrodon conanti) was one of several somewhat-young and modestly-stubborn cottonmouths I came across while cursing about south Florida this past March. This little…

A Young Florida Softshell, 15 March 2019

Apalone ferox, the Florida softshell; Miami-Dade county, Florida (15 March 2019). You may or may not agree with me, but I find young Florida softshell turtles to be just about the damn cutest reptile species in Florida. I can’t say the same for the…

A Young Florida Green Watersnake in South Florida; 15 March 2019

Nerodia floridana, the Florida green watersnake; Miami-Dade county, Florida (15 March 2019). I’m always happy to come across a snake —any snake— while hiking, driving, or skydiving. Okay, maybe not while skydiving (which I don’t do because gravity and inertia terrify me while dangling…

The Red Rat Snake in Miami-Dade county; 14 March 2019

Pantherophis guttatus, the Red rat snake (Corn snake); Miami-Dade county, Florida (14 March 2019). I sure do love a Florida-wild Pantherophis guttatus. Breeders may lust after variable color morphs of the Red rat snake, also known as the Corn snake, but I don’t think…

A Road-Chillin’ Brown Watersnake in South Florida; 14 March 2019

Nerodia taxispilota, the Brown watersnake; Miami-Dade county, Florida (14 March 2019). This not-so-new-year (it’s March already?) has thus far beenĀ a little more than wicked busy on my end of the wires, but I finally managed to duck south for a few days of photography…

The Striped Crayfish Snake, 10 November 2018

Liodytes alleni, the Striped crayfish snake; Miami-Dade county, Florida (10 November 2018). The Striped crayfish snake, Liodytes alleni, is a small, reclusive, non-venomous, and mostly-aquatic species. I don’t see them all that often in central Florida, though they’re certainly common enough. Unlike their larger…