Category: The North Peninsula Circuit (Alachua county, Florida, north through Lanier county, Georgia)

The First Florida Banded Watersnake on 17 September 2018

Nerodia fasciata pictiventris, the Florida banded watersnake; Alachua county, Florida (15 September 2018). As the title might suggest (especially in the wake of the prior ribbon snake posts), my little herping group also managed to find a couple of Florida banded watersnakes (Nerodia fasciata pictiventris) in Alachua…

The Second Peninsula Ribbon Snake on 17 September 2018

Thamnophis sauritus sackenii, the Peninsula ribbon snake; Alachua county, Florida (15 September 2018). I suppose the title of the last post (“The First Peninsula Ribbon Snake on 17 September 2018“) hinted that there might, in fact, be a second one coming up. Indeed, there…

The First Peninsula Ribbon Snake on 17 September 2018

Thamnophis sauritus sackenii, the Peninsula ribbon snake; Alachua county, Florida (15 September 2018). This past weekend, I jaunted up to Gainesville for a quick romp around the swamp. I wanted to pick up some Swamp Head Brewery goodness, visit with some old friends, and,…

The White-marked tussock moth; 15 September 2018

Orgyia leucostigma, the White-marked tussock moth; Alachua county, Florida (15 September 2018). Continuing with our little run of furry caterpillars, here’s another tussock moth species in caterpillar form. This is the White-marked tussock moth caterpillar, Orgyia leucostigma, photographed in Alachua county on 15 September…

The Fir Tussock Caterpillar, 12 April 2014

Orgyia detrita, the Fir tussock moth; Gilchrist county, Florida (12 April 2014). Though not considered to be a “stinging” caterpillar, contact with the Fir Tussock caterpillar’s (Orgyia detrita) hairs can cause measurable irritation for some people. Fortunately, I’m don’t seem to be one of…

The Forest Tent Caterpillar, 12 April 2014

Malacosoma disstria, the Forest tent caterpillar; Gilchrist county, Florida (12 April 2014). This is a Forest tent caterpillar moth — obviously still in caterpillar form. This is also one of Florida’s most lovely caterpillars. With bright splashes of electric blue, orange, and yellow, not…

The Peninsula Ribbon Snake, 26 April 2012

Thamnophis sauritus sackenii, the Peninsula ribbon snake; Lowndes county, Georgia (26 April 2012). This is a Peninsula ribbon snake, Thamnophis sauritus sackenii, photographed in Lowndes county, Georgia. Quite non-novenomous and at times extremely abundant, the Peninsula ribbon snake tends to stick somewhat close to…

The Mottled Dark Chinned Southern Black Racers of South Georgia

Coluber constrictor priapus, the Southern black racer; Lowndes county, Georgia (15 March 2012). For all the color and pattern variations of Florida’s Eastern garter snakes, Banded watersnakes, Eastern rat snakes, and even Florida cottonmouths, one species that simply doesn’t carry too much variation in…

Licking the Edge of the Taxonomic Fight Club: The Eastern Rat Snake of the Gray Variety (FIGHT!)

Pantherophis alleghaniensis, the Eastern (gray) rat snake; Lowndes county, Georgia (28 April 2012). Following up on our last post’s taxonomic mayhem regarding Cottonmouths in Lowndes county, Georgia, here’s another one that tends to ruffle feathers of would-be taxonomists these days: The Eastern rat snakes of south…

A Young Florida Cottonmouth Stays Cool in the Heat of the Taxonomic Debate

Agkistrodon conanti, the Florida cottonmouth, aka Agkistrodon piscivorus conanti; Lowndes county, Georgia (22 April 2012). A few years back, I lived for in Lowndes county, Georgia, for a short spell. About 25 miles north of the Florida/Georgia line, it was a fascinating place to…

The Carolina Green Anole, 31 August 2011

Anolis carolinensis, the Carolina green anole; Lowndes county, Georgia (31 August 2011). Here are some simple shots of a simple Carolina green anole, Anolis carolinensis, simply basking in an ocean of fluid greenery. So much green!

The Six-spotted Fishing Spider, 01 March 2012

Dolomedes triton, the Six-spotted fishing spider; Lowndes county, Georgia (01 March 2012). Ranging across much of North America (including portions of Canada and Mexico), the Six-spotted fishing spider, Dolomedes triton, is an elegant and agile little arachnid. This species is adapted to essentially living…