Category: BIOTA

Iguana iguana, 10 July 2011

Iguana iguana, the Green iguana; Monroe county, Florida (10 July 2011). A non-native species now well-established throughout south Florida, the Green iguana is considered a nuisance by many because they can do some serious damage to the best laid residential landscaping plans… Still, when… Continue Reading “Iguana iguana, 10 July 2011”

Anolis carolinensis, 03 March 2012

Anolis carolinensis, the Carolina green anole; Lake county, Florida (03 March 2012). A fiesty Carolina green anole, a male, fighting for territory. I watched this and another male battle each other for a bit, each fighting for prime real estate upon which to impress… Continue Reading “Anolis carolinensis, 03 March 2012”

Thamnophis sirtalis sirtalis, 10 June 2020

Thamnophis sirtalis sirtalis, the Eastern garter snake; Volusia county, Florida (10 June 2020). Garter snakes vary enormously across their North American range. In my region of Florida (Northeast central), they tend to sport a fantastic and fabulous blue-green base tone. I may admire the… Continue Reading “Thamnophis sirtalis sirtalis, 10 June 2020”

Anolis garmani, 06 August 2017

Anolis garmani, the Jamaican giant anole; Miami-Dade county, Florida (06 August 2017). The Jamaican giant anole is, as you might guess from its name, a non-native species now established in isolated pockets of south Florida. Though not widespread or abundant, I have seen this… Continue Reading “Anolis garmani, 06 August 2017”

Pantherophis alleghaniensis, 17 May 2009

Pantherophis alleghaniensis, the Eastern rat snake; Columbia county, Florida (17 May 2009). The Yellow rat snake is one of several regional variants of the Eastern rat snake. In much of peninsular Florida, this is the typical appearance of the Eastern rat snake — Yellow… Continue Reading “Pantherophis alleghaniensis, 17 May 2009”

Nerodia taxispilota, 06 June 2004

Nerodia taxispilota, the Brown watersnake; Lake county, Florida (06 June 2004). The Brown watersnake is the “most arboreal” non-venomous watersnake found in Florida; they often bask on limbs overhanging freshwater bodies of water. If you ever hear a story about a cottonmouth falling into… Continue Reading “Nerodia taxispilota, 06 June 2004”

Agkistrodon conanti, 14 March 2018

Agkistrodon conanti, the Florida cottonmouth; Monroe county, Florida (14 March 2018). My entire life I’ve been told —again and again— that cottonmouths are aggressive. I have yet to encounter or meet an aggressive cottonmouth, and I’ve encountered many cottonmouths. Instead, what I usually encounter… Continue Reading “Agkistrodon conanti, 14 March 2018”

Acrolophus plumifrontella, 15 July 2013

Acrolophus plumifrontella, the Eastern grass tubeworm moth; Lowndes county, Georgia (15 July 2013). When I returned to the American southeast after four years in Alaska, I found myself transfixed by the moths of southern Georgia. Though I’ve always liked them, I learned to look… Continue Reading “Acrolophus plumifrontella, 15 July 2013”

Pachygrapsus transversus, 01 July 2019

Pachygrapsus transversus, the Mottled shore crab; Flagler county, Florida (01 July 2019). The Mottled shore crab isn’t one of our most-commonly-observed local crustaceans, but I find them an absolute delight whenever I do manage to spot them — which tends to only be along… Continue Reading “Pachygrapsus transversus, 01 July 2019”

Anasaitis canosa, 02 September 2012

Anasaitis canosa, the Twinflagged jumping spider; Lowndes county, Georgia (02 September 2012). A wee scamper, this Twinflagged jumping spider made me work hard to get this shot — the clearest I could manage. The spider kept darting left and right, forward and back —… Continue Reading “Anasaitis canosa, 02 September 2012”

Anolis cybotes, 21 January 2017

Anolis cybotes, the Hispaniolan stout anole; Broward county, Florida (21 January 2017). Anolis cybotes is native to Hispaniola (southeast of Cuba), but they are now lightly established in a few pockets of southeast Florida, particularly in Broward and Palm Beach counties. As is the… Continue Reading “Anolis cybotes, 21 January 2017”

Schistocerca damnifica, 04 January 2015

Schistocerca damnifica, the Mischievous bird grasshopper; Volusia county, Florida (04 January 2015). Arguably the finest damn name in all of Orthoptera. Say it with me: Schistocerca… DAMNIFICA! That is one hell of an excellent name. Damn! The Mischievous bird grasshopper is fairly abundant in… Continue Reading “Schistocerca damnifica, 04 January 2015”

Megatibicen auletes, 18 June 2013

Megatibicen auletes, the Northern dusk singing cicada; Lowndes county, Georgia (18 June 2013). One significant benefit of living in South Georgia for two years or so was the hyper-abundance of cicadas each summer season — especially with this tank, the Northern dusk singing cicada.… Continue Reading “Megatibicen auletes, 18 June 2013”

Pachydiplax longipennis, 12 June 2013

Pachydiplax longipennis, the Blue dasher; Lowndes county, Georgia (12 June 2013). Though they range far beyond the area, I positively adored the density of Blue dashers in Lowndes county, Georgia. Sure, this species ranges all the way west to California, northwest to Washington, and… Continue Reading “Pachydiplax longipennis, 12 June 2013”

Enaphalodes rufulus, 26 May 2020

Enaphalodes rufulus, the Red oak boarer;Volusia county, Florida (26 May 2020). As the relaunch of Floridensis pushes forward, it’s time for our first Coleopteran beetle post. Here, then, is a fairly lovely Red oak boarer hanging out on our Ormond Beach back patio window… Continue Reading “Enaphalodes rufulus, 26 May 2020”

Egretta thula, 11 August 2015

Egretta thula, the Snowy egret;Volusia county, Florida (11 August 2015). Easily one of my favorite avian species in Florida, the Snowy egret is frequently found in, on, around, and above nearly any body of water — fresh or salt, natural or artificial. Seriously, I… Continue Reading “Egretta thula, 11 August 2015”

Lontra canadensis, 30 April 2020

Lontra canadensis, the North American river otter; Volusia county, Florida (30 April 2020) River otters aren’t the easiest to photograph in my neck of the woods. When I come across them, they’re typically swimming about dark tannic waters bathed in dark canopied shadows. I’m… Continue Reading “Lontra canadensis, 30 April 2020”

Alligator mississippiensis, 14 March 2021

Alligator mississippiensis, the American alligator. Monroe county, Florida (14 March 2021). A nearly-mythic archosaur originating millions of years ago and persisting into the Anthropocene of today, the American alligator is an iconic, everyday creature for me. They’re more common now than they were when… Continue Reading “Alligator mississippiensis, 14 March 2021”

Apalone ferox, 15 March 2019

Apalone ferox, the Florida softshell; Miami-Dade county, Florida (15 March 2019). Perhaps my favorite Testudines species in the state, this is the ignoble-yet-awesome Florida softshell turtle. They’re very shy, much faster on land than you’d expect, and quite snappy if handled (for good reason,… Continue Reading “Apalone ferox, 15 March 2019”

Anolis equestris, 11 June 2016

Anolis equestris, the Cuban knight anole; Miami-Dade county, Florida (11 June 2016). A non-native species now well-established throughout south Florida. They’ve recent begun showing up as far north as even Volusia county. A crown-giant ecomorph, the Cuban knight anole is much, much larger than… Continue Reading “Anolis equestris, 11 June 2016”

Sistrurus miliarius barbouri, 12 May 2021

Sistrurus miliarius barbouri, the Dusky pigmy rattlesnake; Volusia county, Florida (12 May 2021). About two years after retiring Floridensis.com, I’ve decided to resurrect and reboot the site from scratch. I’d shifted to mainly posting directly on Twitter (because this is a social media universe),… Continue Reading “Sistrurus miliarius barbouri, 12 May 2021”