Family Florida Trip May 2015(Pythons, Tegus & More Snakes)

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Family Florida Trip May 2015(Pythons, Tegus & More Snakes)

Post by asapp915 » May 5th, 2015, 11:26 am

Me and My Family are on a 2 Week Trip in Florida and during these 2 Weeks We will be doing A LOT of Herping! We've already been here a few Days and have a few LIFERS already!!(1 of Them sounds like "Urmese Ython" lol!!!) These Trips are always a lot of Fun considering the fact We live in Montreal,Canada and don't have anywhere near the amount of Herps back Home. We're Staying 1 Week in Florida City & 1 Week in Spring Hill. Hopefully We'll be able to find lots of different Herps. Lots of Pics to come at the End of the Trip!
Here's a few pics so far:
A Green Water Snake
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Young CottonMouth
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some type of Crab
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Last Pic I'll put is a sample of the "LIFER" I've been waiting to see a Long time.... The Craziest thing is that Not Only did We find 1 but We found 2 of these Guys maybe 5-10 Min apart spread out across the Road:
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When Our Trip is Done and I have Free Time I'll Post EVERYTHING!

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Re: Family Florida Trip May 2015

Post by BillMcGighan » May 6th, 2015, 6:15 am

We'll be watching for more posts!

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Re: Family Florida Trip May 2015

Post by Lloyd Heilbrunn » May 6th, 2015, 8:57 pm

"Photo Not found"

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Re: Family Florida Trip May 2015

Post by asapp915 » May 7th, 2015, 3:39 am

Lloyd Heilbrunn wrote:"Photo Not found"
Sorry bout that, should be fixed now

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Re: Family Florida Trip May 2015

Post by asapp915 » May 7th, 2015, 3:42 am

Update.... found a 3rd Python last Night but it took off as soon as I pulled the Car over(I didn't know they could move so FAST!) so I couldn't get a Pic........

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Re: Family Florida Trip May 2015

Post by Noah M » May 7th, 2015, 6:25 am

Looking forward to more pics.

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Re: Family Florida Trip May 2015

Post by asapp915 » May 9th, 2015, 3:22 am

Another Update, Found a 4th PYTHON in 5 Nights!! So far a list of Snakes and Lizards found are:

-Burmese Python(LIFER)
-ScarletSnake(LIFER)
-Scarlet KingSnake(LIFER)
-Green Water Snake
-Brown Water Snake
-Mangrove Saltmarsh Water Snake(I think)
-Everglades Rat Snake(I think)
-Florida Banded Water Snake
-CottonMouth
-Brown Snake
-Ribbon Snake
-Garter Snake
-Corn Snake
-Everglades Racer

-Basilisk
-Rock Iguana
-Ameiva
-TEGU(LIFER)
-Knight Anole
-Anoles(All Different types)
-Curlytail Lizard
-Skinks(Different types)

When Our Trip is done and I Post All the Pics and Names, feel Free to correct Me on any of the Names if I get them wrong. We Still have another Week in Florida and We'll be in Spring Hill(Central Florida) so if anyone has any Tips for finding Snakes in that area I'd Really appreciate Them! Some LIFERS I'd LUV to find are: Mud Snake/Coachwhip Snake/PineSnake/Indigo Snake/Rough Green Snake/Hognose Snake(Eastern or Southern)/Coral Snake/Dusky Pygmy RattleSnake and KingSnake. The Yellow Rat Snake ive heard is 1 of the Most common Snakes in Florida but I just can't seem to find them......

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Re: Family Florida Trip May 2015

Post by asapp915 » May 25th, 2015, 6:22 am

So here are some of the Best Pics from Our Trip! It was AMAZING, We found a Bunch of LIFERs that I didn't think I'd ever see. My Kids were Amazed at just how Big the Pythons that We found were(We found 4)Living out in ENP. We can't wait to Go back Next Year! The Scarlet Snakes & Scarlet KingSnakes were Pretty Cool finds also. 1 of the Things I Luv about South Florida is that You Never know where You can find some Cool Herps. You'll see what I mean in 1 of the Pics(Living Under the Taco Bell/KFC Outdoor Menu lol)

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A GREAT TRIP!

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Re: Family Florida Trip May 2015

Post by double d » May 25th, 2015, 8:05 pm

Awesome tegu pic ! Im also heading down to ssouth florida in a few weeks , any advice where to look for burmese ? That sk is amazing!

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Post by Carl D. May » May 26th, 2015, 3:06 am

Tegus at KFC... What would the Colonel say?
Looks like you had a great experience and your family had fun.

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Re: Family Florida Trip May 2015

Post by asapp915 » May 26th, 2015, 5:09 am

double d wrote:Awesome tegu pic ! Im also heading down to ssouth florida in a few weeks , any advice where to look for burmese ? That sk is amazing!
Was just a matter of luck driving on Main Park Road in ENP at night lol

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Re: Family Florida Trip May 2015

Post by asapp915 » May 26th, 2015, 5:11 am

Carl D. May wrote:Tegus at KFC... What would the Colonel say?
Looks like you had a great experience and your family had fun.
lol, it was great

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Re: Family Florida Trip May 2015(Pythons, Tegus & More Snake

Post by double d » May 26th, 2015, 6:17 am

Is there alot of side roads to take like long dirt roads? Or does everyone just go back and forth on main road, so excited .. I want get out in the field there , hoping for some awesome hiking trails!!

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Re: Family Florida Trip May 2015(Pythons, Tegus & More Snake

Post by mtratcliffe » May 26th, 2015, 6:42 am

double d wrote:Is there alot of side roads to take like long dirt roads? Or does everyone just go back and forth on main road, so excited .. I want get out in the field there , hoping for some awesome hiking trails!!
There are a few side roads that are a few miles long, but the main road is your best bet. That's where I found most of my HERPs last week.

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Re: Family Florida Trip May 2015(Pythons, Tegus & More Snake

Post by herper1 » May 26th, 2015, 7:30 pm

Tegu at KFC is a great shot! What an unexpected find, LOL. Ive been to ENP twice and havent got to see a Python yet, how did they act? Did they take off? or just kind of slither away? Seem mean? or curious? Handle any of the Pythons? Also, and being from NJ I could be way wrong, I didnt think Scarlet Kings were common in the park? That is a very cool snake.

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Post by asapp915 » May 27th, 2015, 10:18 am

herper1 wrote:Tegu at KFC is a great shot! What an unexpected find, LOL. Ive been to ENP twice and havent got to see a Python yet, how did they act? Did they take off? or just kind of slither away? Seem mean? or curious? Handle any of the Pythons? Also, and being from NJ I could be way wrong, I didnt think Scarlet Kings were common in the park? That is a very cool snake.
I had been to that KFC a few times n never thought to look down til that day. 3 of the Pythons started to take Off as soon as I stopped the Car. 1 of them didn't mind until I got Close to take Pics. They weren't aggressive at all. Ive been to the Park a few times n this was the 1st time I seen Scarlet Kings. I actually saw them on several nights. It was weird.

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Re: Family Florida Trip May 2015(Pythons, Tegus & More Snake

Post by BillMcGighan » May 27th, 2015, 10:29 am

Ok,
Kids pics are best.



Ok, ok, Tegu's no slouch either! :thumb: :thumb:

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Post by Lloyd Heilbrunn » May 29th, 2015, 6:40 pm

LOL, at the Tegu.

I've clearly been checking the wrong habitat...

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Post by double d » May 30th, 2015, 4:05 pm

Thanks mtratcliffe , I like to cruise pretty slow is it possible ? Or to many other cars to take my time . Does anyone know of any dry scrub habitat with hiking trails around the main road , a w.m.a. perhaps in that area?

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Re: Family Florida Trip May 2015(Pythons, Tegus & More Snake

Post by ReptileLover6135 » May 31st, 2015, 3:26 pm

Hi everyone :) . I am going to south Florida soon and I would like to know some tips on field herping, rock flipping, road cruising, etc. I will be in fort Myers for a while, and then I am visiting Key Largo and areas around there. If anyone knows some tips on herping there, I would be glad to know them. I will also be canoeing in the everglades if you know anything about that.

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Post by mtratcliffe » May 31st, 2015, 4:03 pm

ReptileLover6135 wrote:Hi everyone :) . I am going to south Florida soon and I would like to know some tips on field herping, rock flipping, road cruising, etc. I will be in fort Myers for a while, and then I am visiting Key Largo and areas around there. If anyone knows some tips on herping there, I would be glad to know them. I will also be canoeing in the everglades if you know anything about that.
If you are going to South Florida this time of year, you won't see much during the day, save for some exotic lizards. Road cruise only at night, and you can't go wrong on the Everglades National Park Main Road. If you start in the evening, you shouldn't have to pay an entrance fee.

The Everglades has some good paddling from what I hear, but you will want plenty of sunscreen and bug spray. Also, be sure to bring plenty of food and water when you go into the park. There's a convenience store in Flamingo, but nowhere proper to eat this time of year.

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Re: Family Florida Trip May 2015(Pythons, Tegus & More Snake

Post by ReptileLover6135 » May 31st, 2015, 6:45 pm

Thank you very much. I will be going mid august so I guess that is not too soon. Is there a difference in that time of the year? :?:

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Post by ReptileLover6135 » May 31st, 2015, 6:57 pm

I have a topic on south florida herping if you would like to comment on that. Thank you, Bryce

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Post by Hans Breuer (twoton) » June 1st, 2015, 6:32 am

Those night road shots made me want to grab my stick and hit the highway!

Beautiful trip, beautiful creatures , your kids being the most beautiful of all. Best pic of all, hands and feet down:
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Re: Family Florida Trip May 2015(Pythons, Tegus & More Snake

Post by asapp915 » June 3rd, 2015, 2:47 pm

Hans Breuer (twoton) wrote:Those night road shots made me want to grab my stick and hit the highway!

Beautiful trip, beautiful creatures , your kids being the most beautiful of all. Best pic of all, hands and feet down:
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Thank You. You are Right

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Post by ZantiMissKnit » June 9th, 2015, 7:11 am

herper1 wrote:Tegu at KFC is a great shot! What an unexpected find, LOL. Ive been to ENP twice and havent got to see a Python yet, how did they act? Did they take off? or just kind of slither away? Seem mean? or curious? Handle any of the Pythons? Also, and being from NJ I could be way wrong, I didnt think Scarlet Kings were common in the park? That is a very cool snake.
Just as an FYI, it is illegal to handle anything within the ENP (and that includes the invasives). Park rangers do patrol the main park road, and will pull over anyone who appears to be roadcruising to make sure they don't have any wildlife in the car. They also don't like people to go so far below the speed limit; some will say to go faster, others will say to put your hazards on if you're driving slow. Always put on your hazards if you have stopped to take photos.

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