South Florida/Everglades May 2015

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South Florida/Everglades May 2015

Post by miltb » July 5th, 2015, 5:55 pm

Four of us went to the south Florida/Everglades area in early May. This would be the third time we have visited the area as a group and each time is a slightly different experience. The trip this year would best be described as the year of the Water Snake. We saw at least 3 different varieties and in great quantity. For those in other areas of the country, most would encounter just one species of Nerodia. Unlike past years where most of the Water Snakes were found on the road at night, we found many this year hunting among some rocks at night. Ok, on with the picts...

Water Snakes and Garter Snake
Brown Water Snakes
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Florida Green Water Snakes
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Blotched Water Snakes
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Garter Snake
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Rat Snakes and Corn Snakes
Corn Snakes
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Yellow Rat Snakes
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King Snake...this was the lone King Snake we found.
Florida King Snake

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Pit Vipers
Pygmy Rattlesnake
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Cottonmouth
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Diminutive snakes
Southern Ringneck Snake
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Giant snakes
Burmese Python
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Crocodilians
American Alligator
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American Crocodile-I think others have commented on seeing this guy so he must be a regular to Flamingo, FL
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Doing my best Quint..."He's gone under the boat!"
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Other finds and scenery
Gulf Coast Box Turtle
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Box Turtle
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Basilisk
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These locusts were everywhere!
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Yellow-bellied Slider
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Cane Toad
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Gar Fish
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Can't go to south Florida without going to Robert Is Here!
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Scenery
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Re: South Florida/Everglades May 2015

Post by Josh Holbrook » July 6th, 2015, 5:26 am

That's a pretty cool Burm in situ.

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Re: South Florida/Everglades May 2015

Post by Noah M » July 6th, 2015, 6:59 am

Yeah, that burm looked huge. Seems like people are finding more and more of them.

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Re: South Florida/Everglades May 2015

Post by chrish » July 6th, 2015, 10:38 am

Nice diversity.

Your Blotched Watersnake is a Banded Watersnake (Nerodia fasciata). Blotched Watersnake doesn't occur in FL.

You "only" found one FL Kingsnake. I have made on the order of a dozen trips to FL and never seen a kingsnake (getula) there other than a incredibly flat roadkill.

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Re: South Florida/Everglades May 2015

Post by miltb » July 6th, 2015, 6:19 pm

Thanks Chris, good catch on the Banded Water Snake. I did mean Banded!

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Re: South Florida/Everglades May 2015

Post by reptologist » July 9th, 2015, 11:04 am

Cool pics, you must have had a great time. I haven't been there in years and your pics brought back good memories. I believe the box turtle you photographed is a florida box turtle.

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Re: South Florida/Everglades May 2015

Post by Noah M » July 10th, 2015, 11:10 am

I believe the box turtle you photographed is a florida box turtle.
Yeah I would agree. Gulf Coast Boxies I think are more in panhandular Florida.

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Re: South Florida/Everglades May 2015

Post by miltb » July 11th, 2015, 4:21 am

Thanks all! Yes, I thought I might have the box turtle wrong and meant to verify it before posting.

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