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A Young Florida Banded Watersnake, 10 November 2018

Nerodia fasciata pictiventris, the Florda banded watersnake; Miami-Dade county, Florida (10 November 2018). Not all snakes you find on Florida’s nighttime roads have fallen victim to vehicular mayhem. Thankfully. I came across this young (non-venomous) Florida banded watersnake (Nerodia fasciata pictiventris) chilling near the…

A Roughed Up Red Rat Snake, 10 November 2018

Pantherophis guttatus, the Red rat (corn) snake; Miami-Dade county, Florida (10 November 2018). An unfortunate and sadly unavoidable byproduct of spending so much time looking for snakes while trolling Florida’s roadways after the sun sets is that you inevitably come across snake after snake…

The Lyric Cicada, 19 June 2013

Neotibicen lyricen, the Lyric cicada; Lowndes county, Georgia (19 June 2013). In our last post, we checked out a rather frosty Northern dusk singing cicada, a big chunk of bug coasted with waxy pruinosity. In this post, we’re checking out a slightly younger cicada —…

The Eastern Glass Lizard, 01 October 2012

Ophisaurus ventralis, the Eastern glass lizard; Lowndes county, Georgia (01 October 2012). The Eastern glass lizard, Ophisaurus ventralis, is one of several “legless” lizards ranging throughout much of the American southeast. Often confused as being snakes due to their body shape and leglessness, “glass”…

A Fairly Dark Florida Banded Watersnake, 20 March 2015

Nerodia fasciata pictiventris, the Florida banded watersnake; Collier county, Florida (20 March 2015). We’ve seen a few Florida banded watersnakes (Nerodia fasciata pictiventris) on Floridensis thus far, but the individual featured here remains one of my favorites. As noted before on this blog, the Florida…

The Io Moth, 12 June 2013

Automeris io, the Io moth; Lowndes county, Georgia (12 June 2013). With an adult wingspan ranging between two and three-and-a-half inches (or so), the Io moth, Automeris io, is an extremely recognizable and distinctive species throughout much of the eastern United States. It’s also a…

The Black Witch Moth, 19 March 2015

Ascalapha odorata, the Black witch moth; Monroe county, Florida (19 March 2015). Given that Halloween is fast approaching, now seems an apt time to introduce the Black witch moth (Ascalapha odorata) to the wiggly world of Floridensis. Averaging around four to five inches in…

The Parthenogenically Awesome Indo-Pacific Gecko, 13 August 2013

Hemidactylus garnotii, the Indo-Pacific gecko; Volusia county, Florida (13 August 2013). The Indo-Pacific gecko (Hemidactylus garnotii), also commonly referred to as Garnot’s house gecko, is a towering can of kick-ass awesomeness. It’s a species I regularly use as an example when I’m discussing the…

The Scarlet-bodied wasp moth in Volusia county, Florida (23 April 2015)

Cosmosoma myrodora, the Scarlet-bodied wasp moth; Volusia county, Florida (23 April 2015). A few shots of a Scarlet-bodied wasp moth taken a few years back on my back patio. Though confused as (or at least suspected of) being some kind of devious wasp out…

The Ailanthus webworm moth, 26 April 2015

Atteva aurea, the Ailanthus webworm moth; Volusia county, Florida (26 April 2015). The Ailanthus webworm moth is fairly easy to walk by at night, but if you do manage to spot it, and if you do choose to lean in and peer closer, you’ll be…

This Striped Crayfish Snake is Not an Astronaut, 08 February 2015

Liodytes alleni, the Striped crayfish snake; Brevard county, Florida (08 February 2015). The Striped crayfish snake, Liodytes alleni (previously and alternatively classified as Regina alleni), is a slick and reclusive little serpent. Averaging around a foot and a half in length as adults, this species spends…

The Eastern Garter Snake of the Blue-Green Variety, 04 January 2015

Thamnophis sirtalis sirtalis, the Eastern garter snake; Volusia county, Florida (04 January 2015). Ranging across North America from the Atlantic west to the Pacific, Thamnophis sirtalis is one durable and adaptable species. In Florida, our recognized subspecies is Thamnophis sirtalis sirtalis, the Eastern garter…