Friday, June 16, 2017

Florida Reptiles

Friday, June 15th



Mama Gator with Hatchling at Apple Pond Trail on Sanibel

Southern Florida is currently in our annual Birding Doldrums. Its the slowest time of the year to enjoy birding activities.  We do have many species which are either residents like Rosette Spoonbills or summer visitors here for nesting such as Gray Kingbirds or Swallow-tailed Kites. Migration has ended for now and so many wintering visitors have left to nest in the North such as Yellow-rumped Warblers or American Avocets. Later, as the summer progresses lots of birders will augment the slow
birding by with observations on Dragon Flies and Butterflies.


This American Crocodile was found along a canal in Miami-Dade County


 I, also, like to make observations on the reptile life we have here in Florida. We have native and many exotic reptile species inhabiting every possible eco-system. Here a few of the species I have managed to photograph. 

Box Turtle displaying a very wore shell, seen at Babcock-Webb
House Gecko (exotic) can be found on the exterior of many buildings

Yellow Rat Snake from Six Mile Cypress Slough Preserve

Black Racer - Very Common Species

Water Moccasin - Six Mile Cypress Slough Preserve

Ring-necked Snake
A healthier looking Florida Box Turtle

Puerto Rico Crested Anole (exotic) seen in Coral Gables
Bark Anole (exotic) seen in Coral Gables
Knight Anole (exotic) Seen in Coral Gables

African Rainbow Agama (exotic) seen in Coral Gables

African Rainbow Agama seen in Coral Gables

Green Iguana (exotic) are rather Common in South Florida

Basilisk Lizard (Exotic) seen in several counties in south Florida
Scarlet Kingsnake
Gopher Tortoise
Ornate Terrapin seen at Ding Darling NWR
Florida Ribbon Snake seen at Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary
Spiny Tailed Iguana (exotic) seen in Miami


Brown Cuban Anole (exotic)

Brown Cuban Anole seen at Six Mile Cypress Slough Preserve
A Northern Curly Tailed Lizard (exotic) found in the Florida Keys
Green Anole

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