Tag: Monroe county

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 American crocodile of South Florida; 21 March 2015

Crocodylus acutus, the American crocodile; Monroe county, Florida (21 March 2015). When you think of Florida big reptilian beasts, you probably think of the American alligator (Alligator mississippiensis). That certainly makes sense given how many massive alligators we have sprawled out and lumbering across the…

The Great (Dirty Whitish) Blue Heron, 10 July 2011

Ardea herodias (occidentalis), the Great blue heron (dirty white form); Monroe county, Florida (10 July 2011). When you’re in the Florida Keys, you may stumble across a Great blue heron that, though still great, ain’t quite that blue. That’s because many Great blue herons…

The Key Deer: A Miniaturized but Not Weaponized Morsel of Cute; 09 July 2011

Odocoileus virginianus clavium, the Key deer; Monroe county, Florida (09 July 2011). Since I’m in a Keysian state of mind, let’s skip back a few years, shall we? Featured here are a number of Key deer, Odocoileus virginianus clavium,  a miniaturized (but not weaponized) subspecies…

In the Water at Bahia Honda, 26 July 2018

Bahia Honda State Park; Monroe county, Florida (26 July 2018). During my lightning-fast, solo-romp through the Florida Keys in search of lizards and adventure, I stopped at a few places to try my iPhone’s camera in some open water. The iPhone X is waterproof,…

The Caribbean Land Hermit Crab, 26 July 2018

Coenobita clypeatus, the Caribbean land hermit crab; Monroe county, Florida (26 July 2018). South Florida’s not just about snakes and lizards, of course. Every now and then I’m able to pry my eyes out of the foliage and look down at the ground beneath…

A Little Green Iguana, 26 July 2018

Iguana iguana, the Green iguana; Monroe county, Florida: 26 July 2018. Considered to be somewhat a “nuisance” species, the Green iguana is a fairly large non-native reptile now well-established throughout much of south Florida — especially along our coastlines. I see them most often…

The Mangrove Salt Marsh Snake, 09 July 2011

Nerodia clarkii compressicauda, the Mangrove salt marsh snake; Monroe county, Florida (09 July 2011). This is a Mangrove salt marsh snake, Nerodia clarkii compressicauda, one of three “salt marsh” watersnake subspecies in Florida. This particular individual, photographed in the mangroves of the Florida Keys,…

The Southern Stingray, 10 July 2011

Dasyatis americana, the Southern stingray; Monroe county, Florida (10 July 2011). When I was a kid, life was actually about more than just lizards and snakes. I was also utterly enraptured by the sharks and rays that patrolled Florida’s coastlines. On the stingray front,…

Spring Break 2018: The Brown Watersnake, 14 March 2018

Nerodia taxispilota, the Brown watersnake; Monroe county, Florida (14 March 2018). Series: Spring Break 2018. At long last, we’re winding down the big Spring Break 2018 series (which took much longer to work through than I’d originally anticipated), and all we have left are…

Spring Break 2018: A Very Weathered Brown Watersnake

Nerodia taxispilota, the Brown watersnake; Monroe county, Florida (15 March 2018). Series: Spring Break 2018. Featured here is a rather haggard, weathered, and worn Brown watersnake, Nerodia taxispilota, just about to shed its scales through the process of ecdysis. See that blue film over…

Spring Break 2018: Brown Watersnake in the Foliage

Nerodia taxispilota, the Brown watersnake; Monroe county, Florida (14 March 2018). Series: Spring Break 2018. Most of my snake photographs are not in situ, that is of snakes posing naturally in their natural habitats. More often than not, whenever possible at least, I catch…