Category Archives: Reptiles

Swimming In The Green

The tide was high and the pond was full which means the water near the trunk that connects the pond to the Ashley River was nearly still. This Alligator left the coveted spot near that movement for an exploratory swim.

Alligator Swimming Through Duckweed
Alligator Swimming Through Duckweed, Shadow of the trunk on the duckweed

He was moving pretty fast at first, with the Duckweed piling up in front of him, like he had a destination in mind.

Alligator Swimming Through Duckweed
Alligator Swimming Through Duckweed

I’ve wondered what Alligators see as they swim, their line of sight easily obstructed by objects that don’t look like much when seen from above.

Alligator Swimming Through Duckweed
Alligator Swimming Through Duckweed

Musgrove Mill Battle Site

This pretty spot on the Enoree River in Clinton, SC, was the impetus of the August 19, 1780 Revolutionary War Battle of Musgrove’s Mill. Possession of this easy to ford section of the river in the rural, agricultural area was the impetus behind the skirmish.

Enoree River at Musgrove Mill State Historic Site
Enoree River at Musgrove Mill State Historic Site

A modern bridge less than 1000 feet (300 Meters) downstream made this site obsolete for river passage a long time ago.

Turtle in Enoree River at Musgrove
Turtle in Enoree River at Musgrove

The day I visited a few turtles playing “king of the hill” was the extent of the activity.

Turtle in Enoree River at Musgrove
Turtles in Enoree River at Musgrove

Carolina Anole Waiting

I was hoping to see this Carolina Anole catch a bug, but nothing came his way while I was watching.

Carolina Anole
Carolina Anole

I was able to get images from a couple of angles and he just hung there, even his tail stayed still.

Carolina Anole
Carolina Anole

Lastly, a broader view of where the anole was perched, about 5 feet ( 1 1/2 Meters) off the ground. He was still there when I moved on down the trail.

Carolina Anole
Carolina Anole

Click on any image for a larger view.

Alligator on a Mission

While I was watching the Bard Owl of yesterday’s post an Alligator thrashed around at the edge of the pond then swam very deliberately out to the middle of the pond.

Alligator Swimming in Pond
Alligator Swimming in Pond

He negotiated around a few Cypress knees, made a U-turn and stopped directly underneath the owl, that was on a branch about 20 feet (6 meters) above the water.

Alligator Swimming in Pond
Alligator Swimming in Pond

If he was hoping the Barred Owl would swoop down he was disappointed. The Owl was very aware of the Alligator’s presence. After ten or fifteen minutes the Alligator swam back where he came from, climbed out of the water and disappeared.

Alligator Swimming in Pond
Alligator Swimming in Pond, Blue Hydrangeas reflecting in the water

 

Harmless Snake

I know, it is still a snake. I’ve never been a fan, but am becoming more accustomed to them. I spotted this one at Beidler Forest working his way along a rotting log.

Snake
Snake

I don’t study the educational signs with the ID info about snakes, but do know that the round eyes and round head are signs this one is harmless.

Snake
Snake

The snake slowly checked out the crevices in the log and showed no interest in me watching him

Snake
Snake

Plus, I was on a boardwalk at least ten feet away.

Snake
Snake

Anole, Shedding His Skin

This is probably a Carolina Anole, due to the bright green color. They have the ability to change to a duller green or brown, depending on the temperature and their environment.

Green Anole Shedding His Skin
Green Anole Shedding His Skin

This one is shedding his skin, which is brought on by growth: like other reptiles their skin doesn’t grow with them.

Green Anole Shedding His Skin
Green Anole Shedding His Skin

Anoles become less active when going through the shedding process and this one picked a dangerous spot at the edge of the swamp to just hang out. He would easily be seen by a passing bird who could snatch him up for lunch. I left before that happened.

Green Anole Shedding His Skin
Green Anole Shedding His Skin