Tag: nature

The Neonic Florida Scrub Lizard; 09 June 2017

Sceloporus woodi, the Florida scrub lizard; Martin county, Florida (09 June 2017). Throughout most of Florida (and, indeed, much of the United States — coast to coast), Sceloporus undulatus, the Fence lizard, dominates forested undergrowth (when it comes to lizards, at least). Far less…

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…

A Mouthy Florida Banded Watersnake in South Florida; 27 November 2015

Nerodia fasciata pictiventris, the Florida banded watersnake; Collier county, Florida (27 November 2015). Florida banded watersnakes (Nerodia fasciata pictiventris) carry a bad rep in the state of Florida. Though entirely non-venomous and not a threat to the species that put living beings on the…

The Mischievous Bird Grasshopper, 04 January 2015

Schistocerca damnifica, the Mischievous bird grasshopper; Volusia county, Florida (04 January 2015). The Mischievous bird grasshopper (Schistocerca damnifica), is one of many grasshopper species ranging throughout the Floridian peninsula (and much of the American southeast). Somewhat modest in appearance, this seems to be a…