Category: Miami-Dade county

Ctenosaura similis, 08 May 2014

Ctenosaura similis, the Black spiny-tailed iguana; Miami-Dade county, Florida (08 March 2014). When it comes to iguanas, South Florida sports more than just the well-known Green iguana. This is a Black spiny-tailed iguana, a Central American species now well-established throughout various stretches of the… Continue Reading “Ctenosaura similis, 08 May 2014”

Anolis cristatellus, 18 March 2017

Anolis cristatellus, the Puerto Rican crested anole; Miami-Dade county, Florida (18 March 2017). Check out the fantastic duo-tone dewlap design of the Puerto Rican crested anole. A non-native species now quite abundant throughout portions and stretches of the southern Florida peninsula, the Puerto Rican… Continue Reading “Anolis cristatellus, 18 March 2017”

Anolis equestris, 11 June 2016

Anolis equestris, the Cuban knight anole; Miami-Dade county, Florida (11 June 2016). A profile shot of a large, strong Cuban knight anole in south Florida. This non-native species is quite a site to behold when cruising about the Miami area. Not quite as large… Continue Reading “Anolis equestris, 11 June 2016”

Alligator mississippiensis, 11 June 2016

Alligator mississippiensis, the American alligator; Miami-Dade county, Florida (11 June 2016). Here’s a nice, tight shot of a young American alligator striking the pose. For a time as a small child, gators weren’t all that commonly seen in my area of central Florida. Thanks… Continue Reading “Alligator mississippiensis, 11 June 2016”

Iguana iguana, 18 March 2017

Iguana iguana, the Green iguana; Miami-Dade county, Florida (18 March 2017). The best kind of green is the green of a juvenile Green iguana chilling out in a thick tangle of greenery. What a sight. This little one was photographed on the edge of… Continue Reading “Iguana iguana, 18 March 2017”

Melampus coffea, 21 March 2015

Melampus coffea, the Coffee bean snail; Miami-Dade county, Florida (21 March 2015). The Coffee bean snail… Perfect name for a horde of little snails clustering together like that. This walk of snails was photographed near the edge of a mangrove on the coastline at… Continue Reading “Melampus coffea, 21 March 2015”

Anolis garmani, 11 June 2016

Anolis garmani, the Jamaican giant anole; Miami-Dade county, Florida (11 June 2016). It’s hard for me to overstate how much I adore the Jamaican giant anole. This species is most certainly not native to Florida but is now somewhat established in a few pockets… Continue Reading “Anolis garmani, 11 June 2016”

Agama picticauda, 02 September 2011

Agama picticauda, the African redhead agama; Miami-Dade county, Florida (02 September 2011). Also known as Peter’s rock agama, the African redhead agama is a non-native species now well established throughout much of south Florida. Steadily, they’ve been working their way northward, popping up here… Continue Reading “Agama picticauda, 02 September 2011”

Python bivittatus, 03 August 2017

Python bivittatus, the Burmese python; Miami-Dade county, Florida (03 August 2017). A young Burmese python crossing a lonely road in south Florida. This non-native species has proven to be catastrophic to our native wildlife in south Florida. As adults, they have considerable appetites and… Continue Reading “Python bivittatus, 03 August 2017”

Caiman crocodilus, 21 March 2015

Caiman crocodilus, the Spectacled caiman; Miami-Dade county, Florida (21 March 2015). The Spectacled caiman is a small, non-native crocodilian species now present in various pockets of southern Florida. Native to Central and South America, this species is relatively cold intolerant, which may (for now)… Continue Reading “Caiman crocodilus, 21 March 2015”

Aratus pisonii, 27 December 2013

Aratus pisonii, the Mangrove tree crab; Miami-Dade county, Florida (27 December 2013). I came across this wee Mangrove tree crab, one of many, scampering about the lush, salty edge of Coral Gables, Florida. This species scratches out its living among the coastal mangrove tangles… Continue Reading “Aratus pisonii, 27 December 2013”

Setophaga palmarum, 27 December 2013

Setophaga palmarum, the Palm warbler; Miami-Dade county, Florida (27 December 2013). Palm warblers warble about with the best of them. Small, agile, and perhaps overly-energetic, I usually have a devil of a time getting a decent, clear shot of one of these. I don’t… Continue Reading “Setophaga palmarum, 27 December 2013”

Cardisoma guanhumi, 02 September 2011

Cardisoma guanhumi, the Blue land crab; Miami-Dade county, Florida (02 September 2011). In the Miami area, everybody’s going to the club in one way or another. This is the Giant land crab, also known as the Blue land crab. This particular individual is leaning… Continue Reading “Cardisoma guanhumi, 02 September 2011”

Anolis cristatellus, 16 March 2017

Anolis cristatellus, the Puerto Rican crested anole; Miami-Dade county, Florida (16 March 2017). The Puerto Rican crested anole is a fairly successful non-native species now established throughout a decent swath of south Florida, especially around the Miami area. A trunk-ground ecomorph, this species competes… Continue Reading “Anolis cristatellus, 16 March 2017”

Anolis garmani, 06 August 2017

Anolis garmani, the Jamaican giant anole; Miami-Dade county, Florida (06 August 2017). The Jamaican giant anole is, as you might guess from its name, a non-native species now established in isolated pockets of south Florida. Though not widespread or abundant, I have seen this… Continue Reading “Anolis garmani, 06 August 2017”

Apalone ferox, 15 March 2019

Apalone ferox, the Florida softshell; Miami-Dade county, Florida (15 March 2019). Perhaps my favorite Testudines species in the state, this is the ignoble-yet-awesome Florida softshell turtle. They’re very shy, much faster on land than you’d expect, and quite snappy if handled (for good reason,… Continue Reading “Apalone ferox, 15 March 2019”

Anolis equestris, 11 June 2016

Anolis equestris, the Cuban knight anole; Miami-Dade county, Florida (11 June 2016). A non-native species now well-established throughout south Florida. They’ve recent begun showing up as far north as even Volusia county. A crown-giant ecomorph, the Cuban knight anole is much, much larger than… Continue Reading “Anolis equestris, 11 June 2016”