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There are over 100 species of reptiles in Florida including native and introduced species. There have been few reptiles in other places I've lived and I'm enjoying seeing and learning about them.

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Sunday, August 15 2021

Swamp Eel

This is a photo I took but wasn't sure what it was when I took it. Once loaded to my computer and enlarged I still didn't. I sent a copy to the FWC and was told it's a Swamp Eel, a creature I didn't know existed.

Saturday, July 24 2021

Gopher Tortoise

The Gopher Tortoise originated in North America 60 million years ago, making it one of the oldest living species, and they may live up to 80 years. They are a keystone species, one without which many other species would not survive.

The Gopher Tortoise share their burrows with more than 350 other species including the Eastern indigo snake, rodents, gopher frog, Florida mouse, and hundreds of invertebrates like beetles and crickets who also depend on the burrows for shelter and predator protection.

Tuesday, July 13 2021

Alligator Basking in the Sun

Alligators are cold-blooded animals, which means that their body temperature is regulated by the temperature of the environment around them. This is why alligators, such as this one, are seen basking in the sun, trying to regulate their body temperature.

Tuesday, June 29 2021

Skink

Here's a Skink that I haven't been able to clearly identify, any Herpetologist help would be appreciated.

Reptile Fight?

While sitting on a bench in the Naples Botanic Gardens these two lizards appeared to be in a fight. Maybe a mating ritual? Something else entirely, I have no idea but they darted off after someone walked nearby.

Green Iguana

The invasive iguanas are attracted to trees with foliage or flowers, many fruits, and almost any vegetable. They cause damage by digging burrows that erode and collapse sidewalks, foundations, seawalls, berms, and canal banks.

Monday, June 28 2021

Burmese Python

Tens of thousands of invasive Burmese pythons are estimated to be present in the Everglades and are threatening the fragile Everglades ecosystem. They prey on small mammals, bird eggs, and the natural balance of the ecosystem. In the remote southernmost regions of Everglades National Park, populations of raccoons had dropped 99.3 percent, opossums 98.9 percent, and bobcats 87.5 percent since 1997. Marsh rabbits, cottontail rabbits, and foxes effectively disappeared.

Curly Tail Lizard

Curly-tailed lizards were introduced to Florida in the early 1940s to combat sugar cane pests. As is typically the case this was a mistake. Curly Tail Lizards are omnivorous and they will eat insects, flowers, fruit, smaller lizards, and human food. The result appears to be that where they are found, no other lizards can be found.

Sunday, June 27 2021

Baby Alligator

While you may not see them, alligators are aware of your presence in their territory and are protective of their offspring. Alligators watch from above the water but they listen and feel vibrations of prey from below the water so always be careful. When I was taking this photo I was cautious and aware that their mother was probably nearly. I looked around and, sure enough, mother gator was nearby.

Softshell Turtle

The Florida Softshell Turtle is a large turtle with a flattened, pancake-like body, a long neck, an elongated head with a long snorkel-like nose, and large webbed feet, each with three claws. The Florida softshell has a cartilaginous carapace covered in leathery skin and ranging from olive green to dark brown.

Knight Anole

Knight Anoles are native to Cuba and are being seen more frequently throughout South Florida. They are larger than the green and brown anoles and can reach 13 to 20 inches in length. They have small, sharp teeth and are likely to stand their ground when they perceive a threat. Their bite isn't dangerous but can be painful, to get one to release its bite just put it back on the ground.

Saturday, June 26 2021

Green Iguana

The Green Iguana is an invasive species in South Florida, and is found along the east coast, as well as the Gulf Coast. Hatchlings and juveniles display a bright green coloration. Adults can range in color from green to brown to almost black.

The original small populations in the Florida Keys were stowaways on ships carrying fruit from South America, the pet trade where some escaped and some were released by their owners which not only survived but thrived in their new habitat.

News reports from January 2008, January 2010, and January 2018 noted that large numbers of iguanas established in Florida dropped from the trees in which they lived, due to uncommonly cold nights.

Brown Basilisk

The Brown Basilisk is also known as the Jesus lizard from the ability to walk on water. They can't really walk on water but they literally are able to run on water for short distances. Basilisks can grow as large as 2 feet in length and have the “dinosaur” look due to their head shape with a crest that stems from their skull.

The Florida Wildlife Commission isn't sure what, if any, threat brown basilisks pose to native species so they are not, at present, considered invasive.

Thursday, June 24 2021

Broadhead Skink

To the best I've been able to determine, this is a Broadhead Skink though I'm not sure if they live as far south as I do.

Wednesday, June 23 2021

Brown Anole

The non-native Brown Anoles are brown to grayish in color, generally with whitish or yellowish patterning on the back. Like the Green Anole generally have an orange or red throat fan with a white edge. Although the brown anole has a shorter snout than the green anole, the two species are can be distinguished by the green anole's green or lightly patterned brown coloration and by range. It is believed that the Brown Anole lives primarily on the ground and may be forcing Green Anoles to live higher in trees than they did prior to the Brown Anoles appearance.

Green Anole

The Green Anole is the only native anole in the United States. They are small reaching around 8 inches and have the ability to change color, from bright green to brown, within a few seconds causing some people to refer to them as chameleons. They're active during the day and commonly seen on the ground and in trees displaying their protruding his bright red throat pouch while bobbing their heads to attract a female..

Monday, June 21 2021

Growling Gator

Taken at Corkscrew Sanctuary during alligator mating season when this male was courting a nearby female.