Category: The Florida Keys Circuit (Monroe county)

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…

The Mangrove Salt Marsh Snake, 09 July 2011

Nerodia clarkii compressicauda, the Mangrove salt marsh snake; Monroe county, Florida (09 July 2011). This is a Mangrove salt marsh snake, Nerodia clarkii compressicauda, one of three “salt marsh” watersnake subspecies in Florida. This particular individual, photographed in the mangroves of the Florida Keys,…

The Southern Stingray, 10 July 2011

Dasyatis americana, the Southern stingray; Monroe county, Florida (10 July 2011). When I was a kid, life was actually about more than just lizards and snakes. I was also utterly enraptured by the sharks and rays that patrolled Florida’s coastlines. On the stingray front,…

Anolis distichus, 08 July 2011

Anolis distichus, the Bark anole; Monroe county, Florida (08 July 2011). This is the sixth of eight anole species I’ve photographed and will eventually represent on Floridensis. It’s also yet another non-native species living in Florida. In fact, of the anoles only the Carolina…

Nerodia clarkii compressicauda, 04 August 2017

Nerodia clarkii compressicauda, the Mangrove salt marsh snake; Monroe county, Florida (04 August 2017; Nikon D7100). The Mangrove salt marsh snake, Nerodia clarkii compressicauda, is one of several non-venomous Florida watersnakes. As its common name suggests, this species tends to scratch out a living…