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The Greenhouse Frog, 04 January 2015

Eleutherodactylus planirostris, the Greenhouse frog; Volusia county, Florida (04 January 2015). Native to the Bahamas, Cuba, and the Cayman Islands, the Greenhouse frog, Eleutherodactylus planirostris, is now a fairly common staple in Florida’s underbrush. Averaging about an inch or so in length, if that,…

A Wee Tiny Eastern Spadefoot Toadlet; 15 April 2016

Scaphiopus holbrookii, the Eastern spadefoot toad; Duval county, Florida (15 April 2016). How remarkably precious and tiny is this wee young Eastern spadefoot (Scaphiopus holbrookii)? As of this writing, spadefoot toads still arguably belong to Family Scaphiopodidae of Order Anura. They aren’t really “true”…

The Supremely Awesome Palamedes Swallowtail Caterpillar; 23 April 2016

Papilio palamedes, the Palamedes swallowtail; Nassau county, Florida (23 April 2016). Adaptative evolution absolutely rocks. Case in point, this chunky, little morsel of awesome. Pictured above is a 2nd or 3rd instar-stage larva of the Palamedes swallowtail, Papilio palamedes, a fairly magnificent species of butterfly….

Hail to the Scarlet King, Baby; 15 June 2017

Lampropeltis elapsoides, the Scarlet kingsnake; aka Lampropeltis triangulum elapsoides; Volusia county, Florida (15 June 2017). The Scarlet kingsnake, Lampropeltis elapsoides, is one of three native species in Florida to feature a strong ring-pattern of reds, yellows, and blacks — though not necessarily in that…

Put the Lichen Back in Christmas!

Cryptothecia rubrocincta, the Christmas lichen; Volusia county, Florida (24 August 2013). In Florida (and elsewhere, of course), you’ll find much more than epiphytic plants such as the Resurrection fern growing atop the limbs and branches of our oak trees. One particularly nifty and cool…

The Eastern Narrowmouth Toad, 06 June 2012

Gastrophryne carolinensis, the Eastern narrowmouth toad; Lowndes county, Georgia (06 June 2012). Perhaps the Eastern narrowmouth toad, Gastrophryne carolinensis, is an apt species to introduce to Floridensis on the heels of the Thanksgiving holiday. It is, after all, a remarkably plump, little amphibian. I…

The Striped Crayfish Snake, 10 November 2018

Liodytes alleni, the Striped crayfish snake; Miami-Dade county, Florida (10 November 2018). The Striped crayfish snake, Liodytes alleni, is a small, reclusive, non-venomous, and mostly-aquatic species. I don’t see them all that often in central Florida, though they’re certainly common enough. Unlike their larger…