Category: Regions

Agkistrodon conanti, 07 May 2020

Agkistrodon conanti, the Florida cottonmouth; Volusia county, Florida (07 May 2020). The behemoth escapes after losing its patience with the big, dumb hominid with the magic NIKON BOX. Again, I couldn’t get a shot that really reflected its size, but this Florida cottonmouth was gargantuan — I believe…

Agkistrodon conanti, 07 May 2020

Agkistrodon conanti, the Florida cottonmouth; Volusia county, Florida (07 May 2020). No more than twenty yards from where I photographed the infected Brown watersnake, I came across one of the largest damn Florida cottonmouths I’ve ever seen. I couldn’t get a clear reference shot to…

Nerodia taxispilota, 07 May 2020

Nerodia taxispilota, the Brown watersnake; Volusia county, Florida (07 May 2020). 7/7 – A final parting shot shortly before I vigorously washed my hands back at the Jeep. Heh. Again, this is the second individual I’ve seen at this location with the same symptoms around their respective facial/ocular scales,…

Nerodia taxispilota, 07 May 2020

Nerodia taxispilota, the Brown watersnake; Volusia county, Florida (07 May 2020). 6/7 – A u-coil dorsal view of this Brown watersnake. Again, all signs of infection seemed entirely limited to the head region of the snake. I found no signs of infection anywhere else…

Nerodia taxispilota, 07 May 2020

Nerodia taxispilota, the Brown watersnake; Volusia county, Florida (07 May 2020). 5/7 – Like the earlier infected Brown watersnake I’d seen at this location prior, there were no significant signs of infection mid-body. This one, however, was incredibly robust and thick. I suspect this…

Nerodia taxispilota, 07 May 2020

Nerodia taxispilota, the Brown watersnake; Volusia county, Florida (07 May 2020). 4/7 – Dorsal view of the Brown watersnake’s head. The infection was not overwhelmingly apparent at first glance, though the blown eye most certainly was. For the most part, this was still a very-active, agile, and strong watersnake….

Nerodia taxispilota, 07 May 2020

Nerodia taxispilota, the Brown watersnake; Volusia county, Florida (07 May 2020). 3/7 – While the right side of the head had more infectious splotches, so to speak, the left side was clearer with the exception of the eye — which had been rendered utterly useless. Despite…

Nerodia taxispilota, 07 May 2020

Nerodia taxispilota, the Brown watersnake; Volusia county, Florida (07 May 2020). 2/7 – Right side profile shot of this infected Brown watersnake. Not the splotches of infection before and behind the eye. Interestingly, this Brown watersnake’s right pupil also appeared a bit misshapen? Could just be an unrelated…

Nerodia taxispilota, 07 May 2020

Nerodia taxispilota, the Brown watersnake; Volusia county, Florida (07 May 2020). 1/7 – The first of several posts/photos of an interesting Brown watersnake I found in the Volusia interior. This particular spot sports a hefty population of Brown watersnakes and Florida cottonmouths. This is…

Agkistrodon conanti, 07 May 2020

Agkistrodon conanti, the Florida cottonmouth; Volusia county, Florida (07 May 2020). A final shot of a most-beautiful Florida cottonmouth patiently analyzing the situation around it. They have such intensity and focus, but I have yet to come across a single cottonmouth I’d consider “aggressive.”  Learn more…

Agkistrodon conanti, 07 May 2020

Agkistrodon conanti, the Florida cottonmouth; Volusia county, Florida (07 May 2020). Another angle of the not-too-huge Florida cottonmouth I stumbled across in the Volusia interior on May 7th. This was after the cottonmouth had moved back to higher ground and taken a defensive position under a small…

Agkistrodon conanti, 07 May 2020

Agkistrodon conanti, the Florida cottonmouth; Volusia county, Florida (07 May 2020). I startled this Florida cottonmouth on a small trail running adjacent to a low-lying creek bed. The moccasin took to the edge of the creek at first (as seen here). After a few moments, it…

Agkistrodon conanti, 07 May 2020 (with Video)

Agkistrodon conanti, the Florida cottonmouth; Volusia county, Florida (07 May 2020). I came across two cottonmouths on May the 7th; this was the first of the two (and the only one I managed to get decent shots of). An extremely calm, cool, and collected moccasin. …

Eleutherodactylus planirostris, 30 April 2020

Eleutherodactylus planirostris, the Greenhouse frog; Volusia county, Florida (30 April 2020) The second Greenhouse frog I found and photographed in a remote portion of Heart Island Conservation Area.  Learn more about this species at iNaturalist.org.

Eleutherodactylus planirostris, 30 April 2020

Eleutherodactylus planirostris, the Greenhouse frog; Volusia county, Florida (30 April 2020) A tiny, non-native species (and a sister species to the infamous coqui frog), the Greenhouse frog is now firmly embedded throughout Florida. They are not limited to human centers, too. This was one…

Microcentrum rhombifolium, 29 April 2020

Microcentrum rhombifolium, the Greater anglewing; Volusia county, Florida (29 April 2020). A better angle of a Greater angling climbing up our back patio screen; imagine is rotated, of course.  Learn more about this species at iNaturalist.org.

Microcentrum rhombifolium, 29 April 2020

Microcentrum rhombifolium, the Greater anglewing; Volusia county, Florida (29 April 2020). We have a fairly decent array of katydid biodiversity in our neighborhood. We’ve had a few Greater angoewings show up these past few years. Learn more about this species at iNaturalist.org.

Libinia dubia, 25 January 2020

Libinia dubia, the Longnose spider crab; Volusia county, Florida (25 January 2020). I found this small Longnose spider crab bunkered down in some sargassum tangles adjacent to a horde of picking coastal birds. Live on, little Crustacean! Live on! Learn more about this species…

Porpita porpita, 18 May 2014

Porpita porpita, the Blue button; Volusia county, Florida (18 May 2014). A fairly picturesque Blue button, essentially a colony of hydrozoan polyps and not a true jellyfish. Learn more about this species at iNaturalist.org.

Porpita porpita, 20 May 2014

Porpita porpita, the Blue button; Volusia county, Florida (20 May 2014). Ventral view of all at hydroid action! Learn more about this species at iNaturalist.org.

Porpita porpita, 18 May 2014

Porpita porpita, the Blue button; Volusia county, Florida (18 May 2014). A tiny Blue button quietly floats across the Atlantic shallows at Ormond Beach. Learn more about this species at iNaturalist.org.

Bulow Creek Pine & Palm Flatwood, 11 July 2015

Bulow Creek State Park; Volusia county, Florida (11 July 2015). This was my favorite (terrestrial) habitat when I was a kid. Nowadays, I’m a bit more prone to wetlands, creeks, and rivers, but, my oh my, how I love to make my way through…

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.

Coluber constrictor priapus, 18 April 2020

Coluber constrictor priapus, the Southern black racer Volusia county, Florida (18 April 2020). Southern black racers, as you might imagine from this image, have exceptional eye sight. They usually see you coming well before you see them — as long as you’re moving. In my…

Coluber constrictor priapus, 18 April 2020

Coluber constrictor priapus, the Southern black racer Volusia county, Florida (18 April 2020). A dorsal study of a fairly typical Southern black racer in Central Florida. Their scales remind me of smooth tire tread.  Learn more about this species at iNaturalist.org.

Coluber constrictor priapus, 18 April 2020

Coluber constrictor priapus, the Southern black racer Volusia county, Florida (18 April 2020). Ventral study of the Southern black racer. There isn’t too much pattern diversity in central Florida’s Southern black racers. Learn more about this species at iNaturalist.org.

Coluber constrictor priapus, 18 April 2020

Coluber constrictor priapus, the Southern black racer Volusia county, Florida (18 April 2020). The non-venomous Southern black racer is undoubtedly the most-commonly seen snake species throughout residential Florida.  Learn more about this species at iNaturalist.org.

Microcentrum rhombifolium, 29 April 2020

Microcentrum rhombifolium, the Greater anglewing; Volusia county, Florida (29 April 2020). A Greater anglewing climbing up one of our windows. Katydids and their allies are fairly common in our neighborhood. Learn more about this species at iNaturalist.org.