Category Archives: Reptiles

A Small Drama, Alligator

I had been watching this Alligator as he floated in the water with his full back sticking up. Usually just see the head is out of the water unless they are actively using their tail to swim. He was staying in place.

Alligator
Alligator

I suspected he might be profiling, basically showing off, to either impress a female or warn off other males. And wham, he smacked the water with his head.

Alligator
Alligator

Expecting more, I waited, but that was it. There are dozens of large Alligators in this immediate area and evidently they were not impressed.

Alligator
Alligator

Anole on Trumpet Vine Pod

I seem to be seeing Green Anoles everywhere lately, and climbing on all sorts of things.

Green Anole
Green Anole

This dried pod is from last year’s Trumpet Vine which surprisingly hasn’t popped open.

Green Anole
Green Anole

The Anole was showing off his Dewlap, also known as a throat fan. They do this to attract mates and to establish their territory, alerting an intruding male that he’s gone to far.

Green Anole
Green Anole

Juvenile Carolina Anole

There were a few young Green Anoles exploring the plants on our patio this morning.

Anole Juvenile
Anole Juvenile on Sago Palm

They are about an inch (25mm) long when they hatch, and these were about double that.

Anole Juvenile
Anole Juvenile

Anole juveniles are immediately mobile, with food and self protection their primary needs. Anoles eat a variety of insects and I’ve read they will attempt to eat anything smaller than their own head.

Anole Juvenile
Anole Juvenile on Vinca

Broken Tail On A Tail

I spotted this Green Anole with a broken off tail perched on a dried cat tail flower head at the swamp.

Carolina Anole with Broken Tail
Carolina Anole with Broken Tail

Anoles can regrow at least part of a lost tail but it is not of the same design.

Carolina Anole with Broken Tail
Carolina Anole with Broken Tail

The original tail has small bones while the replacement is cartilage, probably affecting its flexibility. Somehow they make do.

Carolina Anole with Broken Tail
Carolina Anole with Broken Tail

Patrolling the Pond

Alligators take casual swims around this pond, often looking for a sunny spot to get out of the water. After some heavy rains they have less places to choose.

Alligator Patrolling Pond
Alligator Patrolling Pond

I liked the mottled reflections of the trees in the pond, dissected by the passing Alligator.

Alligator Patrolling Pond
Alligator Patrolling Pond

Lines and more lines of an Alligator, a dead branch, lots of vegetation and all of their reflections.

Alligator Patrolling Pond
Alligator Patrolling Pond

Little Blue Heron Landing Pad

Herons like to land on things sticking out of the water rather than jumping right in if possible.

Little Blue Heron and Alligator
Little Blue Heron and Alligator

Sticks, rocks, and yes I’ve seen them land on Alligators.

Little Blue Heron and Alligator
Little Blue Heron and Alligator

This time the landing pad turned out to be a log.

Little Blue Heron and Alligator
Little Blue Heron and Alligator

The nearby Alligator didn’t seem to pay much notice as the Little Blue strutted by.

Little Blue Heron and Alligator
Little Blue Heron and Alligator

However, as the Little Blue turned, the Alligator sunk down.

Little Blue Heron and Alligator
Little Blue Heron and Alligator

Certainly the Little Blue Heron is not a threat to the Alligator, but he may not know that.

Little Blue Heron and Alligator
Little Blue Heron and Alligator