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 Post subject: 6 days in South Florida
PostPosted: March 23rd, 2018, 11:14 am 
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G'day

I guess for most of you there's nothing too interesting here, but this was my first trip to the states so most of the species were lifers for me! We did snaffle a pretty odd little scarlet snake too, so maybe there's at least something for the connoisseur of odd-looking critters. I'll just do the usual - a few (horribly resized) photos here and the rest on the link below...
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Here's the link to the rest: http://northumberlandexplorer.weebly.co ... -2018.html

Take it easy,

Neil

ps - Thanks to Josh H for some of the info!


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 Post subject: Re: 6 days in South Florida
PostPosted: March 23rd, 2018, 5:02 pm 
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Looks like you had a great trip! You found a lot of stuff, though I don't think I saw any venomous snakes, which is a bummer. That Scarletsnake with the aberrant pattern is awesome!

On your blog, I saw two freshwater turtle pics, and one was labeled as a Slider. Both are actually Florida Red-bellied Cooters (Pseudemys nelsoni).


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PostPosted: March 24th, 2018, 1:17 am 
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Much appreciated with the ID!

As for venomous critters - We approached one cottonmouth in ENP but it had just been hit by a car, it lowered its head for the last time just as we got to it.
Definitely a bummer (and a surprise) we didn't end up with any more, it wasn't for lack of trying! However (in terms of road cruising anyway) it almost got to the stage where it was a relief to see nothing as there were way too many casualties early on.

Certainly left some unfinished business in Fl though!

Neil


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PostPosted: March 25th, 2018, 11:52 am 
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Nothing uninteresting any of that. All those animals are amazing. You only got to scratch at the surface of the region's diversity. One that is far to rapidly disappearing. South Florida is one of the most diverse and interesting places on the planet. It is an incredible mixture. In my opinion virtually no place on the planet offers the herping opportunities that S. Florida does. And all extremely accessible. Its an awesome herping / wildlife destination.

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Flying out gave us a great view looking west over Miami and across into the glades. So much land has been claimed by the city, but luckily there’s still wilderness out there in Southern Florida, lots of it - for now anyway. The adverse effect of the park roads on wildlife is clear, and surely traffic and footfall will only increase as the planet continues to overcrowd -


Miami's (much of Florida's) rapid growth has been absolutely deviasting to Florida's environment. Miami and much of Florida's eastern coast has become so over crowded. New arrivals and current uninvited residents are now trekking across the state in mass and reeking havoc on the states West coast. What was paradise only 20 yrs ago is now full on Ghetto thanks to this migration. Its easy to see the main culprit for this far to rapid population expansion and all the horrific problems that accompany it is and has been the US's far to lax immigration laws.

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PostPosted: March 31st, 2018, 8:02 am 
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Wow Ernie....

Never know one could run for public office on a herp forum platform. :?


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PostPosted: March 31st, 2018, 6:32 pm 

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WSTREPS wrote:
Nothing uninteresting any of that. All those animals are amazing. You only got to scratch at the surface of the region's diversity. One that is far to rapidly disappearing. South Florida is one of the most diverse and interesting places on the planet. It is an incredible mixture. In my opinion virtually no place on the planet offers the herping opportunities that S. Florida does. And all extremely accessible. Its an awesome herping / wildlife destination.

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Flying out gave us a great view looking west over Miami and across into the glades. So much land has been claimed by the city, but luckily there’s still wilderness out there in Southern Florida, lots of it - for now anyway. The adverse effect of the park roads on wildlife is clear, and surely traffic and footfall will only increase as the planet continues to overcrowd -


Miami's (much of Florida's) rapid growth has been absolutely deviasting to Florida's environment. Miami and much of Florida's eastern coast has become so over crowded. New arrivals and current uninvited residents are now trekking across the state in mass and reeking havoc on the states West coast. What was paradise only 20 yrs ago is now full on Ghetto thanks to this migration. Its easy to see the main culprit for this far to rapid population expansion and all the horrific problems that accompany it is and has been the US's far to lax immigration laws.

Ernie Eison


LOL! Florida makes national news 3 times a day and it is all negative. Despite all of the illegals and migrants that Ernie speaks of, it is my fellow whites that create all of that negative press. It is the crazy white, trailer park trash that keeps me out. I have not been to Florida since 1987, driving through Homestead was like visiting 1870's wild west. It is also my fellow whites that have over-collected Florida for many years and continue to do so today. Ernie, I will take those immigrants over the white trash any day.


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PostPosted: March 31st, 2018, 7:16 pm 
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LOL! Florida makes national news 3 times a day and it is all negative. Despite all of the illegals and migrants that Ernie speaks of, blah blah blah.............


You fail on all counts. That silly dthor68 comment. A response from a guy who hasn't been to Florida in 30yrs was all very poorly thought out and lacks common sense reasoning as well as facts. Bad form, Go melt snowflake.

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Wow Ernie....

Never know one could run for public office on a herp forum platform.


I have no idea what that drive-by post is suppose to mean.

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PostPosted: April 1st, 2018, 5:04 am 

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WSTREPS wrote:
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LOL! Florida makes national news 3 times a day and it is all negative. Despite all of the illegals and migrants that Ernie speaks of, blah blah blah.............


You fail on all counts. That silly dthor68 comment. A response from a guy who hasn't been to Florida in 30yrs was all very poorly thought out and lacks common sense reasoning as well as facts. Bad form, Go melt snowflake.

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Wow Ernie....

Never know one could run for public office on a herp forum platform.


I have no idea what that drive-by post is suppose to mean.

Ernie Eison


Dude, did I not tell you that I visit Florida 3 times a day through the news? But, great argument. I see you are still the political one and easy to see who's side you are on with the name calling, LOL!


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PostPosted: April 1st, 2018, 7:36 am 
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Dude, did I not tell you that I visit Florida 3 times a day through the news?


This is what you siad "I have not been to Florida since 1987". Thats the real of it. Like most who take up your view you are clueless. 30yrs ago driving through Homestead was like visiting 1870's wild west. So tell me Mr. news watcher whats driving thru Homestead like today? For every story about as you call them crazy white, trailer park trash that makes the news, there are a 1000 storys involving illegals that guys like you dont hear about. And so much more. If you LIVED here you would know that.

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It is also my fellow whites that have over-collected Florida for many years and continue to do so today.


And in case your not up to speed this line from you is as equally ignorant as the rest of you news watchers slant.

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PostPosted: April 3rd, 2018, 6:49 pm 
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Wonderful finds! I assume being in South Florida, there was never a lack of an abundance of Green Iguanas? ;)


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PostPosted: April 4th, 2018, 5:11 am 
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Wonderful finds! I assume being in South Florida, there was never a lack of an abundance of Green Iguanas?


Sure there are plenty of Green iguana's in South Florida. In addition to everything else why shouldn't illegals also have their natural wildlife. Currently there is a reward out for information about somebody who is going around shooting iguanas with a bow and arrow.

Don't complain that there's too many people if you support this crap.

Ernie Eison

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PostPosted: April 4th, 2018, 11:46 am 
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Wonderful finds! I assume being in South Florida, there was never a lack of an abundance of Green Iguanas? ;)


Cheers.
We spotted a few I guess, but mainly whilst driving along busier highways so no decent views.
In terms of abundance they were nothing compared to the anoles though. Anole after anole after anole. Much like the European forum at present.

Neil


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PostPosted: April 4th, 2018, 5:02 pm 
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Looks like you got a good smattering of our FL stuff. Congrats on what looks like a fun trip. :beer:


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