Category: The Florida Keys Circuit (Monroe county)

A Northern Curlytail Lizard in the Florida Keys; 14 March 2019

Leiocephalus carinatus, the Northern curytail lizard; Monroe county, Florida (14 March 2019). The Northern curlytail lizard, Leiocephalus carinatus, is one of many non-native lizard species now scratching out a living among the tangles of the Floridian peninsula. They’re also a nice reminder that non-native…

The Great (Dirty Whitish) Blue Heron, 10 July 2011

Ardea herodias (occidentalis), the Great blue heron (dirty white form); Monroe county, Florida (10 July 2011). When you’re in the Florida Keys, you may stumble across a Great blue heron that, though still great, ain’t quite that blue. That’s because many Great blue herons…

The Key Deer: A Miniaturized but Not Weaponized Morsel of Cute; 09 July 2011

Odocoileus virginianus clavium, the Key deer; Monroe county, Florida (09 July 2011). Since I’m in a Keysian state of mind, let’s skip back a few years, shall we?¬†Featured here are a number of Key deer, Odocoileus virginianus clavium, ¬†a miniaturized (but not weaponized) subspecies…

In the Water at Bahia Honda, 26 July 2018

Bahia Honda State Park; Monroe county, Florida (26 July 2018). During my lightning-fast, solo-romp through the Florida Keys in search of lizards and adventure, I stopped at a few places to try my iPhone’s camera in some open water. The iPhone X is waterproof,…

The Caribbean Land Hermit Crab, 26 July 2018

Coenobita clypeatus, the Caribbean land hermit crab; Monroe county, Florida (26 July 2018). South Florida’s not just about snakes and lizards, of course. Every now and then I’m able to pry my eyes out of the foliage and look down at the ground beneath…

A Little Green Iguana, 26 July 2018

Iguana iguana, the Green iguana; Monroe county, Florida: 26 July 2018. Considered to be somewhat a “nuisance” species, the Green iguana is a fairly large non-native reptile now well-established throughout much of south Florida — especially along our coastlines. I see them most often…

No Name Key Ten-and-a-Half Months After Hurricane Irma

iPhone X photos from No Name Key and Big Pine Key Monroe county, Florida; 26 July 2018 On 10 September 2017, Hurricane Irma crossed over the Florida Keys as a Category 4 hurricane. The eye of the storm passed through Cudjoe Key — just…