Category: Georgia

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…

The Redbelly Watersnake, 05 July 2018

Nerodia erythrogaster erythrogaster, the Redbelly watersnake; Lowndes county, Georgia (05 July 2018). This past Thursday, I headed up to Lowndes county, Georgia, with my friend, Eric, to find one specific species: The Redbelly watersnake, Nerodia erythrogaster erythrogaster. Eric’s originally from the Pacific Northwest and…

Cyathus striatus, 15 July 2013

Cyathus striatus, the Fluted bird’s nest fungus; Lower coastal plain of Georgia (15 July 2013). The Fluted bird’s nest fungus, Cyathus striatus, is a small, diminutive, and modest species of fungi. Though most commonly seen in woodland habitats, they are also known to take…

50 Shades of “Gray” Rat Snake

Pantherophis alleghaniensis, the Eastern rat snake (gray variant); Lower coastal plain of Georgia (03 April 2012). By Poseidon’s rhinestone-adorned trident, what is not to love about the Eastern rat snake (other than its taxonomic status)? “Other thank its taxonomic status” you ask…? Oh my,…

Nerodia erythrogaster erythrogaster, 28 March 2012

Nerodia erythrogaster erythrogaster, the Redbelly watersnake; Coastal coastal plain of Georgia (28 March 2012). From 2011 through 2013, I lived and worked in Valdosta, Georgia. One of the delightful perks of teaching at Valdosta State University was an abundance of Redbelly watersnakes (Nerodia erythrogaster…

Crotalus horridus, 12 June 2013

Crotalus horridus, the Timber rattlesnake; Lower coastal plain of Georgia (12 June 2013). Upon moving back to the American southeast after four glorious years in Anchorage, Alaska, we spent two years working in Valdosta, Georgia, just north of the Florida border. Though Valdosta ultimately…