Category: Florida

Sistrurus miliarius barbouri, 24 June 2020

Sistrurus miliarius barbouri, the Dusky pigmy rattlesnake; Volusia county, Florida (24 June 2020). One of two duskies I came across at Bulow Creek State Park in my home territory of Ormond Beach.  Learn more about this species at iNaturalist.org.

Nerodia clarkii compressicauda, 04 August 2017

Nerodia clarkii compressicauda, the Mangrove salt marsh snake; Monroe county, Florida (04 August 2017). They’re all fantastic, of course, but I admit I’m a bit extra-smitten with the red phase Mangrove salt marsh snakes.  Learn more about this species at iNaturalist.org.

Nerodia clarkii compressicauda, 04 August 2017

Nerodia clarkii compressicauda, the Mangrove salt marsh snake; Monroe county, Florida (04 August 2017). Dorsal u-coil reference shot of a red phase Mangrove salt marsh snake. Learn more about this species at iNaturalist.org.

Nerodia clarkii compressicauda, 04 August 2017

Nerodia clarkii compressicauda, the Mangrove salt marsh snake; Monroe county, Florida (04 August 2017). Ventral u-coil reference shot of a red phase Mangrove salt marsh snake. Learn more about this species at iNaturalist.org.

Anaxyrus quercicus, 19 June 2020

Anaxyrus quercicus, the Oak toad; Volusia county, Florida (19 June 2020). Little-big world, Big-little toad. I can only hope to have this kind of attitude some day. Learn more about this species at iNaturalist.org.

Anaxyrus quercicus, 19 June 2020

Anaxyrus quercicus, the Oak toad; Volusia county, Florida (19 June 2020). Sloppy-dice equivalent of a bum reference shot. Most excellent yellow patterning down there.  Learn more about this species at iNaturalist.org.

Anaxyrus quercicus, 19 June 2020

Anaxyrus quercicus, the Oak toad; Volusia county, Florida (19 June 2020). An inelegant in-hand snapshot of a most elegant brick of Anuran hutzpah.  Learn more about this species at iNaturalist.org.

Terrapene carolina bauri, 24 June 2020

Terrapene carolina bauri, the Florida box turtle; Volusia county, Florida (24 June 2020). I try to not anthropomorphize animals too much, but doesn’t she look like she’d be the best kind of friend to have in your life?  Learn more about this species at…

Terrapene carolina bauri, 24 June 2020

Terrapene carolina bauri, the Florida box turtle; Volusia county, Florida (24 June 2020). Slinking through the yard after nesting. What a dome! Learn more about this species at iNaturalist.org.

Terrapene carolina bauri, 24 June 2020

Terrapene carolina bauri, the Florida box turtle; Volusia county, Florida (24 June 2020). How great to watch (from a distance) this female Florida box turtle nest in our yard. I waited until she was done and on the move to snag photos. Learn more…

Anolis distichus, 02 September 2011

Anolis distichus, the Bark anole; Miami-Dade county, Florida (02 September 2011). Scratching out a living between the trunk-crown and trunk-ground anoles. Learn more about this species at iNaturalist.org. Learn more about all-things-Anolis at AnoleAnnals.org.  

Anolis distichus, 02 September 2011

Anolis distichus, the Bark anole; Miami-Dade county, Florida (02 September 2011). Know a mentat by his red-stained lips, and know a distichus by his key lime yellow dewlap. Learn more about this species at iNaturalist.org. Learn more about all-things-Anolis at AnoleAnnals.org.

Anolis distichus, 02 September 2011

Anolis distichus, the Bark anole; Miami-Dade county, Florida (02 September 2011). The hardest non-native anole species for me to catch. These little rockets are quick, quick, quick. Learn more about this species at iNaturalist.org. Learn more about all-things-Anolis at AnoleAnnals.org.

Anolis chlorocyanus, 21 January 2017

Anolis chlorocyanus, the Hispaniolan green anole; Broward county, Florida (21 January 2017). A long and slender profile. Learn more about this species at iNaturalist.org.

Anolis chlorocyanus, 21 January 2017

Anolis chlorocyanus, the Hispaniolan green anole; Broward county, Florida (21 January 2017). A bit of a body reference shot. Check out the patterning on the tail. Learn more about this species at iNaturalist.org.

Anolis chlorocyanus, 21 January 2017

Anolis chlorocyanus, the Hispaniolan green anole; Broward county, Florida (21 January 2017). I’m in dire need of a return trip to south Florida to find more of chlorocyanus. Learn more about this species at iNaturalist.org.

Nerodia fasciata pictiventris, 30 April 2020

Nerodia fasciata pictiventris, the Florida banded watersnake; Volusia county, Florida (30 April 2020). Slick watersnake on a shadowy, slick surface. Learn more about this species at iNaturalist.org.

Nerodia fasciata pictiventris, 15 March 2018

Nerodia fasciata pictiventris, the Florida banded watersnake; Collier county, Florida (15 March 2018). Not all sticks floating in water are actually sticks floating in water.  Learn more about this species at iNaturalist.org.

Nerodia fasciata pictiventris, 15 March 2018

Nerodia fasciata pictiventris, the Florida banded watersnake; Collier county, Florida (15 March 2018). Lateral profile shot. Fairly typical — but lighter than many of the large adults I find in Collier.  Learn more about this species at iNaturalist.org.

Nerodia fasciata pictiventris, 15 March 2018

Nerodia fasciata pictiventris, the Florida banded watersnake; Collier county, Florida (15 March 2018). U-coil reference shot of mid-body dorsal patterning and keeling. Learn more about this species at iNaturalist.org.

Nerodia fasciata pictiventris, 15 March 2018

Nerodia fasciata pictiventris, the Florida banded watersnake; Collier county, Florida (15 March 2018). U-coil reference shot of ventral patterning. Learn more about this species at iNaturalist.org.

Nerodia fasciata pictiventris, 15 March 2018

Nerodia fasciata pictiventris, the Florida banded watersnake; Collier county, Florida (15 March 2018). Lower jaw patterning of a fairly typical Florida banded watersnake from South Florida. Learn more about this species at iNaturalist.org.

Scaphiopus holbrookii, 22 October 2017

Scaphiopus holbrookii, the Eastern spadefoot; Marion county, Florida (22 October 2017). Eastern spadefoot toads sport one of my favorite herp eye patterns.  Learn more about this species at iNaturalist.org.

Scaphiopus holbrookii, 22 October 2017

Scaphiopus holbrookii, the Eastern spadefoot; Marion county, Florida (22 October 2017). Lateral perspective of an adult Eastern spadefoot. Learn more about this species at iNaturalist.org.

Scaphiopus holbrookii, 22 October 2017

Scaphiopus holbrookii, the Eastern spadefoot; Marion county, Florida (22 October 2017). An adult Eastern spadefoot rockin’ its proportionally huge head. Learn more about this species at iNaturalist.org.

Scaphiopus holbrookii, 06 April 2020

Scaphiopus holbrookii, the Eastern spadefoot (toadlet); Volusia county, Florida (06 April 2020). One more look at one of our front yard Eastern spadefoot toadlets. Learn more about this species at iNaturalist.org.

Scaphiopus holbrookii, 05 April 2020

Scaphiopus holbrookii, the Eastern spadefoot (juvenile); Volusia county, Florida (05 April 2020). Toadlet on a leaf on a leaf. Such a tiny-yet-awesome thing to see adjacent to your front patio sidewalk.  Learn more about this species at iNaturalist.org.

Scaphiopus holbrookii, 06 April 2020

Scaphiopus holbrookii, the Eastern spadefoot (toadlet); Volusia county, Florida (06 April 2020). A wee tiny Eastern spadefoot toadlet just starting what I hope will turn out to be an epic romp through reality.  Learn more about this species at iNaturalist.org.

Kinosternon subrubrum, 19 April 2015

Kinosternon subrubrum subrubrum, the Southeastern mud turtle; Lowndes county, Georgia (19 April 2015). Check out that little hook line from the upper jaw to the lower jaw. Learn more about this species at iNaturalist.org.

Kinosternon subrubrum, 19 April 2015

Kinosternon subrubrum subrubrum, the Eastern mud turtle; Lowndes county, Georgia (19 April 2015). Plastron plating of garnet and gold. Absolutely gorgeous! Learn more about this species at iNaturalist.org.

Kinosternon subrubrum, 19 April 2015

Kinosternon subrubrum subrubrum, the Eastern mud turtle; Lowndes county, Georgia (19 April 2015). Tiny little armored transport waiting for clearance to take off. Learn more about this species at iNaturalist.org.

Anolis cybotes, 21 January 2017

Anolis cybotes, the Hispaniolan stout anole; Broward county, Florida (21 January 2017). I never tire of Anolis texture. Little dragons of excellence.  Learn more about this species at iNaturalist.org.

Anolis cybotes, 21 January 2017

Anolis cybotes, the Hispaniolan stout anole; Broward county, Florida (21 January 2017). A dewlap reference shot of A. cybotes. Learn more about this species at iNaturalist.org.

Anolis cybotes, 21 January 2017

Anolis cybotes, the Hispaniolan stout anole; Broward county, Florida (21 January 2017). Non-native to the United States and only in limited areas of south Florida. Learn more about this species at iNaturalist.org.

Eurycea quadridigitata, 18 March 2013

Eurycea quadridigitata, the Dwarf salamander; Lowndes county, Georgia (18 March 2013). A well-named Dwarf salamander slinking about the water tension of southern Georgia Learn more about this species at iNaturalist.org.

Eurycea quadridigitata, 18 March 2013

Eurycea quadridigitata, the Dwarf salamander; Lowndes county, Georgia (18 March 2013). It’s amazing how much sheer cuteness can exist in so small a package. Learn more about this species at iNaturalist.org.

Eurycea quadridigitata, 18 March 2013

Eurycea quadridigitata, the Dwarf salamander; Lowndes county, Georgia (18 March 2013). Tell me this isn’t one of the cutest herps you’ve ever seen. This is Baby Yoda level biota cuteness right here.  Learn more about this species at iNaturalist.org.

Nerodia fasciata pictiventris, 16 April 2016

Nerodia fasciata pictiventris, the Florida banded watersnake; Nassau county (16 April 2016). Full body, dorsal view of a Northeast Florida banded watersnake. I see this pattern mostly in south Georgia and north Florida, though I do also find it from time to time in central Florida (Lake…

Nerodia fasciata pictiventris, 16 April 2016

Nerodia fasciata pictiventris, the Florida banded watersnake; Nassau county (16 April 2016). Faded ventral pattern of one of the northeast Florida banded watersnakes.  Note: Nassau county (in extreme northeast Florida) is close to the zone of intergradation between the Florida subspecies (N. f. pictiventris) and…

Nerodia fasciata pictiventris, 16 April 2016

Nerodia fasciata pictiventris, the Florida banded watersnake; Nassau county (16 April 2016). One of the Nassau county banded watersnakes, a mid-sized, fairly-trim adult.  Note: Nassau county (in extreme northeast Florida) is close to the zone of intergradation between the Florida subspecies (N. f. pictiventris)…

Nerodia floridana, 01 March 2015

Nerodia floridana, the Florida green watersnake; Lake county, Florida (01 March 2015). Classic scaling on that big, meaty head.  Learn more about this species at iNaturalist.org.

Nerodia floridana, 01 March 2015

Nerodia floridana, the Florida green watersnake; Lake county, Florida (01 March 2015). Full body perspective of a fairly typical Florida green watersnake in Lake county, Florida.  Learn more about this species at iNaturalist.org.

Nerodia floridana, 01 March 2015

Nerodia floridana, the Florida green watersnake; Lake county, Florida (01 March 2015). What a fantastic expression. As robust as they may be, I’ll never get over the DERP-factor of the Florida green watersnake. Learn more about this species at iNaturalist.org.

Neotibicen tibicen australis, 15 June 2020

Neotibicen tibicen australis, the Southern dusky-winged cicada; Volusia county, Florida (15 June 2020). A lucky photo taken by holding my Nikon way up and shooting mostly blind. Last traces of teneral action on this one. Learn more about this species at iNaturalist.org.

Neotibicen tibicen australis, 15 June 2020

Neotibicen tibicen australis, the Southern dusky-winged cicada; Volusia county, Florida (15 June 2020). A reference photo snagged with an iPhone extended way up with (dare I admit it?)… a selfie-stick. Yeah, I was out shooting video for one of my classes. Heh. Learn more about this…

Neotibicen tibicen australis, 15 June 2020

Neotibicen tibicen australis, the Southern dusky-winged cicada; Volusia county, Florida (15 June 2020). Had to consult with the bugguide.net crowd to peg this identification down — a fairly fresh Southern dusky-winged cicada. Learn more about this species at iNaturalist.org.

Lithobates grylio, 10 November 2018

Lithobates grylio, the Pig frog; Miami-Dade county, Florida (10 November 2018). These nocturnal road warriors are easier to distinguish from bullfrogs in the Everglades since bullfrogs don’t quite range that far south! Learn more about this species at iNaturalist.org.

Lithobates grylio, 10 November 2018

Lithobates grylio, the Pig frog; Miami-Dade county, Florida (10 November 2018). A relatively smallish pig frog in the Florida Everglades Learn more about this species at iNaturalist.org.

Lithobates grylio, 17 May 2015

Lithobates grylio, the Pig frog (assumed); Lake county, Florida (17 May 2015). The boss, the hoss. I have a hard time distinguishing between these and Lithobates catesbeiana, the bullfrog. Learn more about this species at iNaturalist.org.

Pseudacris crucifer, 12 February 2013

Pseudacris crucifer, the Spring peeper; Lowndes county, Georgia (12 February 2013). Peepers have the sweetest calls; one of the first species I hear each early spring (if not late winter). Learn more about this species at iNaturalist.org.