Nerodia fasciata, 23 April 2016

Nerodia fasciata, the Banded watersnake;
Nassau county (23 April 2016).
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NOTE: N. fasciata in extreme north Florida may arguably be N. f. pictiventris, the Florida banded watersnake, N. f. fasciata, the Southern banded watersnake, or an intergrade of the two. I have no personal stake in the debate and tend to tag the Florida individuals as N. f. pictiventris, though I suspect intergradation is often a factor.

Nerodia fasciata, 23 April 2016

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

NOTE: N. fasciata in extreme north Florida may arguably be N. f. pictiventris, the Florida banded watersnake, N. f. fasciata, the Southern banded watersnake, or an intergrade of the two. I have no personal stake in the debate and tend to tag the Florida individuals as N. f. pictiventris, though I suspect intergradation is often a factor.

Nerodia floridana, 01 March 2015

Nerodia floridana, the Florida green watersnake;
Lake county, Florida (01 March 2015).
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Nerodia floridana, 01 March 2015

Nerodia floridana, the Florida green watersnake;
Lake county, Florida (01 March 2015).
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Nerodia floridana, 01 March 2015

Nerodia floridana, the Florida green watersnake;
Lake county, Florida (01 March 2015).
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Lampropeltis elapsoides, 16 June 2017

Lampropeltis elapsoides, the Scarlet kingsnake;
Volusia county, Florida (16 June 2017).
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Lampropeltis elapsoides, 16 June 2017

Lampropeltis elapsoides, the Scarlet kingsnake;
Volusia county, Florida (16 June 2017).
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Lampropeltis elapsoides, 16 June 2017

Lampropeltis elapsoides, the Scarlet kingsnake;
Volusia county, Florida (16 June 2017).
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Sistrurus miliarius barbouri, 24 June 2020

Sistrurus miliarius barbouri, the Dusky pigmy rattlesnake;
Volusia county, Florida (24 June 2020).
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Sistrurus miliarius barbouri, 24 June 2020

Sistrurus miliarius barbouri, the Dusky pigmy rattlesnake;
Volusia county, Florida (24 June 2020).
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Sistrurus miliarius barbouri, 24 June 2020

Sistrurus miliarius barbouri, the Dusky pigmy rattlesnake;
Volusia county, Florida (24 June 2020).
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Nerodia clarkii compressicauda, 04 August 2017

Nerodia clarkii compressicauda, the Mangrove salt marsh snake;
Monroe county, Florida (04 August 2017).
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Nerodia clarkii compressicauda, 04 August 2017

Nerodia clarkii compressicauda, the Mangrove salt marsh snake;
Monroe county, Florida (04 August 2017).
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Nerodia clarkii compressicauda, 04 August 2017

Nerodia clarkii compressicauda, the Mangrove salt marsh snake;
Monroe county, Florida (04 August 2017).
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Anaxyrus quercicus, 19 June 2020

Anaxyrus quercicus, the Oak toad;
Volusia county, Florida (19 June 2020).
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Anaxyrus quercicus, 19 June 2020

Anaxyrus quercicus, the Oak toad;
Volusia county, Florida (19 June 2020).
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Anaxyrus quercicus, 19 June 2020

Anaxyrus quercicus, the Oak toad;
Volusia county, Florida (19 June 2020).
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Terrapene carolina bauri, 24 June 2020

Terrapene carolina bauri, the Florida box turtle;
Volusia county, Florida (24 June 2020).
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Terrapene carolina bauri, 24 June 2020

Terrapene carolina bauri, the Florida box turtle;
Volusia county, Florida (24 June 2020).
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Terrapene carolina bauri, 24 June 2020

Terrapene carolina bauri, the Florida box turtle;
Volusia county, Florida (24 June 2020).
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Anolis distichus, 02 September 2011

Anolis distichus, the Bark anole;
Miami-Dade county, Florida (02 September 2011).
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Anolis distichus, 02 September 2011

Anolis distichus, the Bark anole;
Miami-Dade county, Florida (02 September 2011).
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Anolis distichus, 02 September 2011

Anolis distichus, the Bark anole;
Miami-Dade county, Florida (02 September 2011).
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Anolis chlorocyanus, 21 January 2017

Anolis chlorocyanus, the Hispaniolan green anole;
Broward county, Florida (21 January 2017).
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Anolis chlorocyanus, 21 January 2017

Anolis chlorocyanus, the Hispaniolan green anole;
Broward county, Florida (21 January 2017).
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Anolis chlorocyanus, 21 January 2017

Anolis chlorocyanus, the Hispaniolan green anole;
Broward county, Florida (21 January 2017).
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Nerodia fasciata pictiventris, 30 April 2020

Nerodia fasciata pictiventris, the Florida banded watersnake;
Volusia county, Florida (30 April 2020).

Slick watersnake on a shadowy, slick surface.

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Nerodia fasciata pictiventris, 15 March 2018

Nerodia fasciata pictiventris, the Florida banded watersnake;
Collier county, Florida (15 March 2018).

Not all sticks floating in water are actually sticks floating in water. 

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Nerodia fasciata pictiventris, 15 March 2018

Nerodia fasciata pictiventris, the Florida banded watersnake;
Collier county, Florida (15 March 2018).

Lateral profile shot. Fairly typical — but lighter than many of the large adults I find in Collier. 

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Nerodia fasciata pictiventris, 15 March 2018

Nerodia fasciata pictiventris, the Florida banded watersnake;
Collier county, Florida (15 March 2018).

U-coil reference shot of mid-body dorsal patterning and keeling.

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Nerodia fasciata pictiventris, 15 March 2018

Nerodia fasciata pictiventris, the Florida banded watersnake;
Collier county, Florida (15 March 2018).

U-coil reference shot of ventral patterning.

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Nerodia fasciata pictiventris, 15 March 2018

Nerodia fasciata pictiventris, the Florida banded watersnake;
Collier county, Florida (15 March 2018).

Lower jaw patterning of a fairly typical Florida banded watersnake from South Florida.

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Scaphiopus holbrookii, 22 October 2017

Scaphiopus holbrookii, the Eastern spadefoot;
Marion county, Florida (22 October 2017).

Eastern spadefoot toads sport one of my favorite herp eye patterns. 

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Scaphiopus holbrookii, 22 October 2017

Scaphiopus holbrookii, the Eastern spadefoot;
Marion county, Florida (22 October 2017).

Lateral perspective of an adult Eastern spadefoot.

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Scaphiopus holbrookii, 22 October 2017

Scaphiopus holbrookii, the Eastern spadefoot;
Marion county, Florida (22 October 2017).

An adult Eastern spadefoot rockin’ its proportionally huge head.

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Scaphiopus holbrookii, 06 April 2020

Scaphiopus holbrookii, the Eastern spadefoot (toadlet);
Volusia county, Florida (06 April 2020).

One more look at one of our front yard Eastern spadefoot toadlets.

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Scaphiopus holbrookii, 05 April 2020

Scaphiopus holbrookii, the Eastern spadefoot (juvenile);
Volusia county, Florida (05 April 2020).

Toadlet on a leaf on a leaf. Such a tiny-yet-awesome thing to see adjacent to your front patio sidewalk. 

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Scaphiopus holbrookii, 06 April 2020

Scaphiopus holbrookii, the Eastern spadefoot (toadlet);
Volusia county, Florida (06 April 2020).

A wee tiny Eastern spadefoot toadlet just starting what I hope will turn out to be an epic romp through reality. 

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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.

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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!

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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.

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Anolis cybotes, 21 January 2017

Anolis cybotes, the Hispaniolan stout anole;
Broward county, Florida (21 January 2017).

I never tire of Anolis texture. Little dragons of excellence. 

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Anolis cybotes, 21 January 2017

Anolis cybotes, the Hispaniolan stout anole;
Broward county, Florida (21 January 2017).

A dewlap reference shot of A. cybotes.

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Anolis cybotes, 21 January 2017

Anolis cybotes, the Hispaniolan stout anole;
Broward county, Florida (21 January 2017).

Non-native to the United States and only in limited areas of south Florida.

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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

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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.

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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. 

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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 and Volusia counties).

Note: Nassau county (in extreme northeast Florida) is close to the zone of intergradation between the Florida subspecies (N. f. pictiventris) and the Southern subspecies (N. f. fasciata). I generally consider bandeds in northeast Florida to be N. f. pictiventris, but these populations are quite likely intergrades in one capacity or another. Personally, I don’t much too much stock into subspecies differentiation. It is what it is.

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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 the Southern subspecies (N. f. fasciata). I generally consider bandeds in northeast Florida to be N. f. pictiventris, but these populations are quite likely intergrades in one capacity or another. Personally, I don’t much too much stock into subspecies differentiation. It is what it is.

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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) and the Southern subspecies (N. f. fasciata). I generally consider bandeds in northeast Florida to be N. f. pictiventris, but these populations are quite likely intergrades in one capacity or another. Personally, I don’t much too much stock into subspecies differentiation. It is what it is.

Learn more about this species at iNaturalist.org.