Category: Monroe county

Agkistrodon conanti, 19 March 2015

Agkistrodon conanti, the Florida cottonmouth; Monroe county, Florida (19 March 2015). A juvenile Florida cottonmouth in south Florida striking a fairly classic chin-up pose. This is a cautionary stance. If further threatened, the snake would likely gape its mouth open to flash the cottony-white… Continue Reading “Agkistrodon conanti, 19 March 2015”

Bulimulus guadalupensis, 27 November 2015

Bulimulus guadalupensis, the West Indian bulimulus; Monroe county, Florida (27 November 2015). The West Indian bulimulus is an air-breathing, terrestrial snail fairly well established throughout southern Florida and various stretches of the Caribbean (especially Dominican Republic and Puerto Rico). It’s fairly small and slow… Continue Reading “Bulimulus guadalupensis, 27 November 2015”

Nerita versicolor, 04 August 2017

Nerita versicolor, the Four-toothed nerite; Monroe county, Florida (04 August 2017). Whenever I camp in this Florida Keys, I can almost always count on spotting Four-toothed nerites clambering around the rocky shorelines at night. This species of sea snail forages about, often in groups,… Continue Reading “Nerita versicolor, 04 August 2017”

Acanthopleura granulata, 13 March 2021

Acanthopleura granulata, the West Indian fuzzy chiton. Monroe county, Florida (13 March 2021). While these may look sort of like fossils, these are living West Indian fuzzy chitons, a species of specialized mollusk that latches onto rocky surfaces and sports a mineralized outer shell.… Continue Reading “Acanthopleura granulata, 13 March 2021”

Zachrysia provisoria, 11 June 2016

Zachrysia provisoria, the Cuban brown snail; Monroe county, Florida (11 June 2016). The Cuban brown snail is a non-native terrestrial species that is now well-established in parts of Florida and many other pockets of the Western hemisphere. They can be potentially problematic for agricultural… Continue Reading “Zachrysia provisoria, 11 June 2016”

Hyla squirella, 11 June 2016

Hyla squirella, the Squirrel treefrog; Monroe county, Florida (11 June 2016). Ah, yes, the Squirrel treefrog. This is the jack-of-all-trades of our local, native treefrog populations. You can find them pretty much anywhere and damn near any circumstances, in my experience. Extremely variable in… Continue Reading “Hyla squirella, 11 June 2016”

Nerodia clarkii compressicauda, 09 July 2011

Nerodia clarkii compressicauda, the Mangrove salt marsh snake; Monroe county, Florida (09 July 2011). A fantastic Mangrove salt marsh snake just about to reach ecdysis, the shedding of its scales. Note the milky blue eye. That’s its ocular scale very, very ready to shed.… Continue Reading “Nerodia clarkii compressicauda, 09 July 2011”

Grapsus grapsus, 05 July 2011

Grapsus grapsus, the Sally lightfoot crab; Monroe county, Florida (05 July 2011). I had a devil of a time resolving the identification to this crab, but the consensus on iNaturalist settled on the Sally lightfoot crab, Grapsus grapsus. So be it! Anyhow, this crab… Continue Reading “Grapsus grapsus, 05 July 2011”

Leiocephalus carinatus, 07 August 2017

Leiocephalus carinatus, the Northern curlytail lizard; Monroe county, Florida (07 August 2017). Native to Cuba, the Bahamas, and the Cayman Islands, the Northern curltytail lizard is steadily making its way north throughout the Florida peninsula. I’ve seen them down in the Florida Keys and… Continue Reading “Leiocephalus carinatus, 07 August 2017”

Orthalicus floridensis, 27 November 2015

Orthalicus floridensis, the Banded tree snail; Monroe county, Florida (27 November 2015). I came across this lovely Banded tree snail bunkered down along the edge of a path in the Big Cypress / Everglades region. If/when you do come across a dormant tree snail… Continue Reading “Orthalicus floridensis, 27 November 2015”

Crocodylus acutus, 12 March 2021

Crocodylus acutus, the American crocodile. Monroe county, Florida (12 March 2021). Though surprising to some, Florida is home to two native crocodilian species. In addition to the more-famous American alligator, south Florida is also home to the American crocodile, Crocodylus acutus. A large but… Continue Reading “Crocodylus acutus, 12 March 2021”

Odocoileus virginianus clavium, 09 July 2011

Odocoileus virginianus clavium, the Key deer; Monroe county, Florida (09 July 2011). The Key deer is an absolute treasure of the Florida Keys. This subspecies of the white-tailed deer is somewhat miniaturized, typically standing only about 26-30 inches at the shoulder, which makes sense… Continue Reading “Odocoileus virginianus clavium, 09 July 2011”

Homo sapiens, 09 July 2011

Homo sapiens, the Modern human; Monroe county, Florida (09 July 2011, 8:17am). It seems only appropriate to represent my own species, Homo sapiens. Here, then, is a Modern human resting on a Key West sidewalk at 8:17 am, dollar bills very much still at… Continue Reading “Homo sapiens, 09 July 2011”

Anolis distichus, 08 July 2011

Anolis distichus, the Bark anole; Monroe county, Florida (08 July 2011). A non-native species that lives most of its Floridian life flanked by competition below and competition above, the Bark anole is a small, agile, and (re)active species predisposed to dodging danger by scampering… Continue Reading “Anolis distichus, 08 July 2011”

Nerodia clarkii compressicauda, 09 July 2011

Nerodia clarkii compressicauda, the Mangrove salt marsh snake; Monroe county, Florida (09 July 2011). Ranging throughout many of the mangrove-ladened stretches of the southern Florida peninsula coastline, the Mangrove salt marsh snake is a modest, non-venomous species well adapted to its salty habitat. The… Continue Reading “Nerodia clarkii compressicauda, 09 July 2011”

Iguana iguana, 10 July 2011

Iguana iguana, the Green iguana; Monroe county, Florida (10 July 2011). A non-native species now well-established throughout south Florida, the Green iguana is considered a nuisance by many because they can do some serious damage to the best laid residential landscaping plans… Still, when… Continue Reading “Iguana iguana, 10 July 2011”

Agkistrodon conanti, 14 March 2018

Agkistrodon conanti, the Florida cottonmouth; Monroe county, Florida (14 March 2018). My entire life I’ve been told —again and again— that cottonmouths are aggressive. I have yet to encounter or meet an aggressive cottonmouth, and I’ve encountered many cottonmouths. Instead, what I usually encounter… Continue Reading “Agkistrodon conanti, 14 March 2018”

Alligator mississippiensis, 14 March 2021

Alligator mississippiensis, the American alligator; Monroe county, Florida (14 March 2021). A nearly-mythic archosaur originating millions of years ago and persisting into the Anthropocene of today, the American alligator is an iconic, everyday creature for me. They’re more common now than they were when… Continue Reading “Alligator mississippiensis, 14 March 2021”