Category: Florida by Kayak: Salt Marshes & Coastal Habitats

Nerodia fasciata pictiventris, 09 May 2020

Nerodia fasciata pictiventris, the Florida banded watersnake; Volusia county, Florida (09 May 2020). Learn more about this species at iNaturalist.org.

Nerodia fasciata pictiventris, 09 May 2020

Nerodia fasciata pictiventris, the Florida banded watersnake; Volusia county, Florida (09 May 2020). Learn more about this species at iNaturalist.org.

Pantherophis guttatus, 09 May 2020

Pantherophis guttatus, the Red rat snake (Corn snake); Volusia county, Florida (09 May 2020). Learn more about this species at iNaturalist.org.

Pantherophis guttatus, 09 May 2020

Pantherophis guttatus, the Red rat snake (Corn snake); Volusia county, Florida (09 May 2020). Learn more about this species at iNaturalist.org.  

Pantherophis guttatus, 09 May 2020

Pantherophis guttatus, the Red rat snake (Corn snake); Volusia county, Florida (09 May 2020). Learn more about this species at iNaturalist.org.

Kayaking the Edge of the Tomoka, 09 May 2020

The Tomoka Basin Salt Marsh; Volusia county, Florida (09 May 2020). And so it was: Four Nerodia watersnakes, one Pantherophis rat snake, and one Ophisaurus glass lizard in about four hours on a kayak. Not a bad paddle, right? The good news: This is about fifteen… Continue Reading “Kayaking the Edge of the Tomoka, 09 May 2020”

Ophisaurus ventralis, 09 May 2020

Ophisaurus ventralis, the Eastern glass lizard; Volusia county, Florida (09 May 2020). I’ve got one more here to post from the salt marsh kayak trip on May 9th, 2020: a glass lizard! I think this is an Eastern glass lizard, though at first I was hopeful… Continue Reading “Ophisaurus ventralis, 09 May 2020”

Pantherophis guttatus, 09 May 2020

Pantherophis guttatus, the Red rat snake (Corn snake); Volusia county, Florida (09 May 2020). Another profile shot of a Corn snake photographed along the edge of the Tomoka Basin in Ormond Beach, Florida. Check out the figure-ground contrast on those labial (lip) stripes! Learn… Continue Reading “Pantherophis guttatus, 09 May 2020”

Pantherophis guttatus, 09 May 2020

Pantherophis guttatus, the Red rat snake (Corn snake); Volusia county, Florida (09 May 2020). Ventral u-coil shot of a Red rat snake photographed along the edge of a Tomoka Basin salt marsh. Learn more about this species at iNaturalist.org.

Pantherophis guttatus, 09 May 2020

Pantherophis guttatus, the Red rat snake (Corn snake); Volusia county, Florida (09 May 2020). Macro scale study for lateral/dorsal color and texture. Corn snakes have such sheen! Learn more about this species at iNaturalist.org.

Pantherophis guttatus, 09 May 2020

Pantherophis guttatus, the Red rat snake (Corn snake); Volusia county, Florida (09 May 2020). An angled profile shot of a Corn snake I spotted from my kayak along the edge of the Tomoka Basin salt marshes. Breeders can breed all they want; they’ve got nothing compared… Continue Reading “Pantherophis guttatus, 09 May 2020”

Pantherophis guttatus, 09 May 2020

Pantherophis guttatus, the Red rat snake (Corn snake); Volusia county, Florida (09 May 2020). Nerodia watersnakes aren’t the only species of serpent to take up residence in brackish and salt marsh habitats. Featured here is an absolutely beautiful Red rat snake, Pantherophis guttatus, aka the Corn… Continue Reading “Pantherophis guttatus, 09 May 2020”

Acrostichum danaeifolium, 09 May 2020

Acrostichum danaeifolium, the Giant leather fern; Volusia county, Florida (09 May 2020). The Giant leather fern has grown into one of my favorite plant species in Volusia County. I see these –somewhere– nearly everytime I hit the Tomoka River or Tomoka Basin, and they always look a… Continue Reading “Acrostichum danaeifolium, 09 May 2020”

Ardea herodias, 09 May 2020

Ardea herodias, the Great blue heron; Volusia county, Florida (09 May 2020). Of course, those four Nerodia weren’t the only organisms I observed and photographed on my little Tomoka Basin kayak sojourn on May 9th. Feature here is the seemingly-omnipresent Great blue heron, Ardea herodias,… Continue Reading “Ardea herodias, 09 May 2020”

Salt Marsh Bandeds, Part X (09 May 2020)

Part X: Fasciata Attitude, Fasciata Spunk Though I have more photos of this individual, we’ll wrap up right now with this shot. Nerodia watersnakes, like all snakes I’ve encountered in Florida, are simply not aggressive by nature. They sometimes will, however, vigorously defend themselves when they… Continue Reading “Salt Marsh Bandeds, Part X (09 May 2020)”

Salt Marsh Bandeds, Part IX (09 May 2020)

Part IX: Lateral Mid-Body Scaling A macro study of the banded’s mid-torso/lateral-dorsal scaling and texture. A good, strong keeling coupled with some fantastic patterning and darkened figure-ground contrast. I also learned it’s a bit tricky to get a clear macro shot of dark scales… Continue Reading “Salt Marsh Bandeds, Part IX (09 May 2020)”

Salt Marsh Bandeds, Part VIII (09 May 2020)

Part VIII: Ventral U-Coil Shot A ventral u-coil reference shot of the Nerodia’s mid-torso. Again, this is a fairly classic Nerodia fasciata pattern. It just blows my mind I found this snake in the thick of a coastal salt marsh hanging out on a muddy… Continue Reading “Salt Marsh Bandeds, Part VIII (09 May 2020)”

Salt Marsh Bandeds, Part VII (09 May 2020)

Part VII: Ventral Head Pattern A ventral reference shot of the banded’s head/lower jaw. Again, this is fairly typical for Nerodia fasciata, though that base cream/yellow tone was really striking. There’s a smidge of alignment in the picti patterns behind the jawline, but the pattern was not… Continue Reading “Salt Marsh Bandeds, Part VII (09 May 2020)”

Salt Marsh Bandeds, Part VI (09 May 2020)

Part VI: Lateral/Dorsal Scaling and Patterning Florida banded watersnakes are extremely variable in color and pattern, but this individual was (beautifully) par-for-course with our local Bandeds in Volusia county. Dark dorsal base tone with muted dark red bands, and dark red pictis on the ventral pattern. This… Continue Reading “Salt Marsh Bandeds, Part VI (09 May 2020)”

Salt Marsh Bandeds, Part V (09 May 2020)

Part V: The Obligatory Profile Shot I’ve been taking macro profile shots of Nerodia watersnakes throughout the Floridian peninsula the past fifteen years or so (minus my four years in Alaska). This is a fairly standard Nerodia fasciata pattern — strong, vertical striping on… Continue Reading “Salt Marsh Bandeds, Part V (09 May 2020)”

Salt Marsh Bandeds, Part IV (09 May 2020)

Part IV: Score! Bam! I have to admit, this was a glorious catch. It was my first one-handed Nerodia catch while floating in a kayak in a salt marsh on a windy day. Heh. It was a close call, but the catch was made indeed,… Continue Reading “Salt Marsh Bandeds, Part IV (09 May 2020)”

Salt Marsh Bandeds, Part III (09 May 2020)

Part III: The Fourth Salt Marsh Banded Part III brings us to Nerodia Number Four. Yes, I skipped one. There was actually a third salt marsh banded watersnake before this one, but I failed to get a picture entirely. I also failed to get… Continue Reading “Salt Marsh Bandeds, Part III (09 May 2020)”

Salt Marsh Bandeds, Part II (09 May 2020)

Part II: The Second Salt Marsh Banded, the Second Miss Though I was a bit bummed I didn’t get my hands on that first Nerodia, I was at least thrilled to have gotten a modicum of a clear reference shot. And then? Bam! I spotted a… Continue Reading “Salt Marsh Bandeds, Part II (09 May 2020)”

Salt Marsh Bandeds, Part I (09 May 2020)

Part I: The First Salt Marsh… Banded On the May 9th, I took the kayak out to the Tomoka Basin to paddle around and look for signs of salt marsh snakes. Volusia County has dwindling populations of the Atlantic salt marsh snake (Nerodia clarkii, ssp. taeniata), a non-venomous watersnake… Continue Reading “Salt Marsh Bandeds, Part I (09 May 2020)”

Returning to the Landing, 07 August 2019

Spruce Creek Park Area; Volusia county, Florida (07 August 2019).

Low Tide in the Spruce Creek Area, 07 August 2019

Spruce Creek Park Area; Volusia county, Florida (07 August 2019).

Leptuca thayeri, 07 August 2019

Leptuca thayeri, the Atlantic mangrove fiddler crab; Volusia county, Florida (07 August 2019). Learn more about this species at iNaturalist.org.

Leptuca thayeri, 07 August 2019

Leptuca thayeri, the Atlantic mangrove fiddler crab; Volusia county, Florida (07 August 2019). Learn more about this species at iNaturalist.org.

Aratus pisonii, 07 August 2019

Aratus pisonii, the Mangrove tree crab; Volusia county, Florida (07 August 2019). Learn more about this species at iNaturalist.org.

Aratus pisonii, 07 August 2019

Aratus pisonii, the Mangrove tree crab; Volusia county, Florida (07 August 2019). Learn more about this species at iNaturalist.org.

Pandion haliaetus, 07 August 2019

Pandion haliaetus, the Osprey; Volusia county, Florida (07 August 2019). Learn more about this species at iNaturalist.org.

Rhizophora mangle and Crassostrea virginica, 07 August 2019

Rhizophora mangle, the Red mangrove, & Crassostrea virginica, the Eastern oyster; Volusia county, Florida (07 August 2019). Learn more about the Red mangrove at iNaturalist.org. Learn more about the Eastern oyster at iNaturalist.org.

Melongena corona, 07 August 2019

Melongena corona, the American crown conch; Volusia county, Florida (07 August 2019). Learn more about this species at iNaturalist.org.

Melongena corona, 07 August 2019

Melongena corona, the American crown conch; Volusia county, Florida (07 August 2019). Learn more about this species at iNaturalist.org.

Melongena corona, 07 August 2019

Melongena corona, the American crown conch; Volusia county, Florida (07 August 2019). Learn more about this species at iNaturalist.org.

Callinectes sapidus, 07 August 2019

Callinectes sapidus, the Atlantic blue crab; Volusia county, Florida (07 August 2019). Learn more about this species at iNaturalist.org.

Crassostrea virginica, 07 August 2019

Crassostrea virginica, the Eastern oyster; Volusia county, Florida (07 August 2019). Learn more about this species at iNaturalist.org.

Clibanarius vittatus, 07 August 2019

Clibanarius vittatus, the Thinstripe hermit crab; Volusia county, Florida (07 August 2019). Learn more about this species at iNaturalist.org.

Tidal Flats & Islands Between Spruce Creek and Ponce Inlet, 07 August 2019

Spruce Creek Park Area, just northwest of Ponce Inlet; Volusia county, Florida (07 August 2019).

Sporobolus alterniflorus, 07 August 2019

Sporobolus alterniflorus, the Saltmarsh cord grass; Volusia county, Florida (07 August 2019). Learn more about this species at iNaturalist.org.

Rhizophora mangle, 07 August 2019

Rhizophora mangle, the Red mangrove; Volusia county, Florida (07 August 2019). Learn more about this species at iNaturalist.org.

Rhizophora mangle, 07 August 2019

Rhizophora mangle, the Red mangrove; Volusia county, Florida (07 August 2019). Learn more about this species at iNaturalist.org.

Rhizophora mangle, 07 August 2019

Rhizophora mangle, the Red mangrove; Volusia county, Florida (07 August 2019). Learn more about this species at iNaturalist.org.

Rhizophora mangle, 07 August 2019

Rhizophora mangle, the Red mangrove; Volusia county, Florida (07 August 2019). Learn more about this species at iNaturalist.org.

Avicennia germinans, 07 August 2019

Avicennia germinans, the Black mangrove; Volusia county, Florida (07 August 2019). Learn more about this species at iNaturalist.org.

Avicennia germinans, 07 August 2019

Avicennia germinans, the Black mangrove; Volusia county, Florida (07 August 2019). Learn more about this species at iNaturalist.org.

Egretta tricolor, 07 August 2019

Egretta tricolor, the Tricolored heron; Volusia county, Florida (07 August 2019). Learn more about iNaturalist.org.

Platalea ajaja, 07 August 2019

Platalea ajaja, the Roseate spoonbill; Volusia county, Florida (07 August 2019). Learn more about this species at iNaturalist.org.

Egretta caerulea, 07 August 2019

Egretta caerulea, the Little blue heron; Volusia county, Florida (07 August 2019). Learn more about this species at iNaturalist.org.

Egretta thula, 07 August 2019

Egretta thula, the Snowy egret; Volusia county, Florida (07 August 2019). Learn more about this species at iNaturalist.org.