Category Archives: Reptiles

Alligator Morning

Alligators were on the move early on this morning despite the morning heat. This water is a canal around an old rice field that sits at the edge of the South Santee River.

Alligator
Alligator

I intended to walk the dike but it wasn’t mowed so that was a non-starter with the tall grass harboring a gazillion mosquitoes and likely a few more Alligators. I plan to go back later in the fall or winter for another look.

Alligators in Canal
Alligators in Canal

Rice Field, Santee Coastal Reserve, SC
August 26, 2021

Juvenile Alligator Passing By Another

It is common for female Alligators to have multiple age youngsters in her care, which may include some hatched from other nests as well as her own. These two from a pod that included three ages/sizes are a good example.

Alligator on the Move
Alligator on the Move

I stayed focused on the moving Alligator, wondering if there was going to be some action.

Alligator on the Move
Alligator on the Move

There was not; the moving Alligator just plopped down. In addition to seeing the size difference in their heads, you can see the smaller Alligator’s tail just under the larger one’s chin.

Juvenile Alligators Sunning
Juvenile Alligators Sunning

Sunning Juvenile Alligators

Most of the water was let out of this pond earlier this summer leaving a narrow depression of water and a nice edge for young Alligators to enjoy the morning sun.

Juvenile Alligator Sunning
Juvenile Alligator Sunning, 3 to 4 feet long ( 0.9 to 1.2 meters)

A few more were milling around in the water.

Juvenile Alligators Sunning
Juvenile Alligators Sunning

And a few more were in the reeds on a little raised island. I didn’t see the mother but know she wasn’t far off.

Juvenile Alligators Sunning
Juvenile Alligators Sunning

Based on the location and territorial habits of Alligators these are likely some of the youngsters I photographed last fall, seen here stacked up around their mother.

Alligator Mother and Young
Alligator Mother and Young, October 2020

Ribbon Snake, Back Yard

When Ted called out “get your camera, there’s a snake on the patio”  I grabbed my gear that had the Tamron 180mm lens attached and went as far as the screened in porch. I’m sure I’ve mentioned I’m not really a snake fan. But it was back yard nature so I wanted to see.

By this time the snake had left the patio and zipped up a Crepe Myrtle. I waited for Ted to spot it  and we were pretty sure it was a harmless Ribbon Snake, then I ventured out the porch door.

Ribbon Snake in Crepe Myrtle
Ribbon Snake in Crepe Myrtle

He was wrapped back on himself, lifted his head for a look around then stayed still for several minutes.

Ribbon Snake in Crepe Myrtle
Ribbon Snake in Crepe Myrtle

With the fixed 180mm lens I couldn’t get far enough back with a clear view to take him all in (ugg). A little breeze was moving a branch from a neighboring tree in and out of the frame.

Ribbon Snake in Crepe Myrtle
Ribbon Snake in Crepe Myrtle

A tighter crop after he had moved his head just a tad:

Ribbon Snake in Crepe Myrtle
Ribbon Snake in Crepe Myrtle

Standing on the porch with the door open I got a little different view, but still didn’t get his full tail.

Ribbon Snake in Crepe Myrtle
Ribbon Snake in Crepe Myrtle

About 20 minutes later we watched him slowly exit the tree and head back into the woods. Where I would like him to stay!

 

Juvenile Anole And a New Lens

With my interest in dragonflies and following Mike Powell’s blog (MichaelQPowell.com/) Ted was sure I needed the Tamron 180mm macro lens.

Who was I to argue? He found a used one for sale and it arrived today.

Juvenile Anole
Juvenile Anole

One of my first subjects was a very young Anole on our patio.

Juvenile Anole
Juvenile Anole

This is my first non-image stabilized lens and it will require some practice.

Juvenile Anole
Juvenile Anole