Category: North Peninsula and South Georgia

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.

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)…

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.

Pseudacris crucifer, 12 February 2013

Pseudacris crucifer, the Spring peeper; Lowndes county, Georgia (12 February 2013). Loved the orange base tan on this one, but then again this was before the rise of Trumpism. Learn more about this species at iNaturalist.org.

Pseudacris crucifer, 12 February 2013

Pseudacris crucifer, the Spring peeper; Lowndes county, Georgia (12 February 2013). Easy to hear; not so easy to see (for me, at least). Learn more about this species at iNaturalist.org.

Sceloporus undulatus undulatus, 17 May 2009

Sceloporus undulatus undulatus, the Eastern fence lizard; Columbia county, Florida (17 May 2009). A full body shot of our little armored undulatus.  Learn more about this species at iNaturalist.org.

Sceloporus undulatus undulatus, 17 May 2009

Sceloporus undulatus undulatus, the Eastern fence lizard; Columbia county, Florida (17 May 2009). Just a splash of neck action on this one. Learn more about this species at iNaturalist.org.

Sceloporus undulatus undulatus, 17 May 2009

Sceloporus undulatus undulatus, the Southern fence lizard; Columbia county, Florida (17 May 2009). I don’t see nearly enough of these in my home territory of coastal Volusia. Learn more about this species at iNaturalist.org.

Haldea striatula, 20 January 2013

Haldea striatula, the Rough earth snake; Lowndes county, Georgia (20 January 2013). A set of Rough earth snakes wondering what their next move should be.  Learn more about this species at iNaturalist.org.

Haldea striatula, 20 January 2013

Haldea striatula, the Rough earth snake; Lowndes county, Georgia (20 January 2013). Don’t get me wrong, I was very pleased with how well(ish) my iPhone snagged these unexpected shots, but still… How I wish I’d had my Nikon and 60mm macro lens with me!…

Haldea striatula, 20 January 2013

Haldea striatula, the Rough earth snake; Lowndes county, Georgia (20 January 2013). A species we don’t have in Volusia county, but one that I’ve seen in southern Georgia, this is a pair of Rough earth snakes I found under a slab in Valdosta. I…

Crotalus horridus, 12 June 2013

Crotalus horridus, the Timber rattlesnake; Lanier county, Georgia (12 June 2013). A macro perspective of one seriously impressive badass.  Learn more about this species at iNaturalist.org.

Crotalus horridus, 12 June 2013

Crotalus horridus, the Timber rattlesnake; Lanier county, Georgia (12 June 2013). A closer look at the infamous rattle.  Learn more about this species at iNaturalist.org.

Crotalus horridus, 12 June 2013

Crotalus horridus, the Timber rattlesnake; Lanier county, Georgia (12 June 2013). Not a species we have in Volusia county, Florida, but one I was able to observe in Lanier county, Georgia, a few clicks north of the FL/GA border. Learn more about this species…

Aspidoscelis sexlineatus sexlineatus, 29 April 2013

Aspidoscelis sexlineatus sexlineatus, the Eastern six-lined racerunner; Hamilton county, Florida (29 April 2013). One more shot of this incredible racerunner. Not including the subspecies I used to see in Oklahoma, this is the boldest and brightest racerunner I’ve been able to photograph.  Learn more…

Aspidoscelis sexlineatus sexlineatus, 29 April 2013

Aspidoscelis sexlineatus sexlineatus, the Eastern six-lined racerunner; Hamilton county, Florida (29 April 2013). Racerunners are simply not easy to catch by hand. They earn their name well because, man, they are quick to race away. I’m grateful I was able to creep somewhat close to this…

Aspidoscelis sexlineatus sexlineatus, 29 April 2013

Aspidoscelis sexlineatus sexlineatus, the Eastern six-lined racerunner; Hamilton county, Florida (29 April 2013). With blue on my mind, here’s a freakishly bright Eastern six-lined racerunner. Learn more about this species at iNaturalist.org.

Iridopsis defectaria, 23 May 2012

Iridopsis defectaria, the Brown-shaded gray moth; Lowndes county, Georgia (23 May 2012). Another Brown-shaded gray moth loitering about the glory of late May. Learn more about this species at iNaturalist.org.

Bombycilla cedrorum, 20 February 2013

Bombycilla cedrorum, the Cedar waxwing; Lowndes county, Georgia (20 February 2013). They only showed up a couple of times during our two years living in Valdosta, but I was tickled when the Cedar waxwings did drop by! Waxwings are tremendous.  Learn more about this species…

Gonatista grisea, 28 June 2013

Gonatista grisea, the Grizzled mantis; Lowndes county, Georgia (28 June 2013). A dorsal view of a grizzled mantis biding the plenty of time on our house exterior back in Valdosta, Georgia.  Learn more about this species at iNaturalist.org.

Gonatista grisea, 28 June 2013

Gonatista grisea, the Grizzled mantis; Lowndes county, Georgia (28 June 2013). The grizzled mantis is always a sight to behold. A persnickety little mantis! Learn more about this species at iNaturalist.org.

Scincella lateralis, 05 July 2018

Scincella lateralis, the Ground skink; Alachua county, Florida (05 July 2018). A 60mm macro shot of the ever-tiny Ground skink. Learn more about this species at iNaturalist.org.

Scincella lateralis, 05 July 2018

Scincella lateralis, the Ground skink; Alachua county, Florida (05 July 2018). A reference shot of the diminutive Ground skink in the curious hands of Eric. That’s a small skink to get a smart phone picture with!  Learn more about this species at iNaturalist.org.

Scincella lateralis, 05 July 2018

Scincella lateralis, the Ground skink; Alachua county, Florida (05 July 2018). Ventral tail scaling of the diminutive Ground skink. Learn more about this species at iNaturalist.org.

Spizella passerina, 17 March 2012

Spizella passerina, the Chipping sparrow; Lowndes county, Georgia (17 March 2012). We caught the attention of a few Chipping sparrows with our backyard bird feeder during our time in Valdosta. Agreeable little chippers they were.  Learn more about this species at iNaturalist.org.

Pheucticus ludovicianus, 26 April 2012

Pheucticus ludovicianus, the Rose-breasted grosbeak; Lowndes county, Georgia (26 April 2012). We only had one visit from Rose-breasted grosbeaks at our bird feeder in Valdosta — at least only one visit that I noticed. I would’ve liked to have seen more! A really attractive…

Scincella lateralis, 05 July 2018

Scincella lateralis, the Ground skink; Alachua county, Florida (05 July 2018). A macro-profile shot of this tiny skink species. There’s a lot of grace-in-design in that tiny little package.  Learn more about this species at iNaturalist.org.

Scincella lateralis, 05 July 2018

Scincella lateralis, the Ground skink; Alachua county, Florida (05 July 2018). The lovely yellow ventral colors of the Ground skink. I dig the switch to white by the neck and head. And just look at those tiny little legs! Learn more about this species…

Scincella lateralis, 05 July 2018

Scincella lateralis, the Ground skink; Alachua county, Florida (05 July 2018). Size reference of the diminutive Ground skink. These tiny skinks are pretty good about scampering about the undergrowth under the radar. We were lucky to catch this one.  Learn more about this species at…

Anolis carolinensis, 05 July 2018

Anolis carolinensis, the Carolina green anole; Alachua county, Florida (05 July 2018). Another reference shot of this Carolina green’s wickedly-excellent patterning. Learn more about this species at iNaturalist.org. Learn more about anoles at AnoleAnnals.org.

Anolis carolinensis, 05 July 2018

Anolis carolinensis, the Carolina green anole; Alachua county, Florida (05 July 2018). Just check out that cray-cray patterning. The anole seemed healthy and not uber-stressed. It was one hell of a pattern/color game for this little trucker.  Learn more about this species at iNaturalist.org….

Anolis carolinensis, 05 July 2018

Anolis carolinensis, the Carolina green anole; Alachua county, Florida (05 July 2018). Carolina green anoles don’t typically have this much patterning, but, still, there’s nothing particularly unusual about such patterning. This was simply a particularly ornate Carolina green anole sporting some wickedly awesome transitional patterns!…

Hyla chrysoscelis, 12 April 2014

Hyla chrysoscelis, the Cope’s grey treefrog; Gilchrist county, Florida (12 April 2014). April in Florida can be quite an experience — for people and for amphibians. Hell, fir pretty much anything with a pulse. April ’tis the season of going outside, making some noise,…

Acris gryllus gryllus, 12 January 2013

Acris gryllus gryllus, the Coastal Plain (Southern) cricket frog; Lanier county, Georgia (12 January 2013). Learn more about this species at iNaturalist.org.

Acris gryllus gryllus, 12 April 2013

Acris gryllus gryllus, the Coastal Plain (Southern) cricket frog; Lowndes county, Georgia (12 April 2013). Learn more about this species at iNaturalist.org.

Acris gryllus gryllus, 18 March 2013

Acris gryllus gryllus, the Coastal Plain (Southern) cricket frog; Lowndes county, Georgia (18 March 2013). Learn more about this species at iNaturalist.org.

Anaxyrus terrestris, 14 May 2013

Anaxyrus terrestris, the Southern toadlet (presumably); Lowndes county, Georgia (14 May 2013). Learn more about this species at iNaturalist.org.

Anaxyrus terrestris, 14 May 2013

Anaxyrus terrestris, the Southern toadlet (presumably); Lowndes county, Georgia (14 May 2013). Learn more about this species at iNaturalist.org.

Anaxyrus terrestris, 14 May 2013

Anaxyrus terrestris, the Southern toadlet (presumably); Lowndes county, Georgia (14 May 2013). Learn more about this species at iNaturalist.org.

Nerodia fasciata pictiventris, 23 April 2016

Nerodia fasciata pictiventris, the Florida banded watersnake; Nassau county (23 April 2016). Learn more about this species at iNaturalist.org.

Nerodia fasciata pictiventris, 23 April 2016

Nerodia fasciata pictiventris, the Florida banded watersnake; Nassau county (23 April 2016). Learn more about this species at iNaturalist.org.

Nerodia fasciata pictiventris, 23 April 2016

Nerodia fasciata pictiventris, the Florida banded watersnake; Nassau county (23 April 2016). Learn more about this species at iNaturalist.org.

Tracheymys scripta scripta, 23 April 2016

Tracheymys scripta scripta, the Yellow-bellied slider; Nassau county (23 April 2016). Learn more about this species at iNaturalist.org.