I seem to be seeing Green Anoles everywhere lately, and climbing on all sorts of things.
This dried pod is from last year’s Trumpet Vine which surprisingly hasn’t popped open.
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.
There were a few young Green Anoles exploring the plants on our patio this morning.
They are about an inch (25mm) long when they hatch, and these were about double that.
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.
I spotted this Green Anole with a broken off tail perched on a dried cat tail flower head at the swamp.
Anoles can regrow at least part of a lost tail but it is not of the same design.
The original tail has small bones while the replacement is cartilage, probably affecting its flexibility. Somehow they make do.
I usually see Yellow-bellied Sliders either in a pond or basking on a bank. This may be the first time I’d seen one walk across a field.
I did some identification research and was surprised to discover nearly 30 species of turtles can be found in South Carolina.
Santee National Wildlife Refuge, Cuddo Unit
Always looking for a snack, anoles will climb or jump on anything,
This anole was checking around the sides of a Wood Duck box standing in the swamp. I suspect he peaked in the hole although I didn’t see him do it.
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.
I liked the mottled reflections of the trees in the pond, dissected by the passing Alligator.
Lines and more lines of an Alligator, a dead branch, lots of vegetation and all of their reflections.
This Tree Frog found a shady spot to nap, with the sun shining down into the bloom providing a nice back light for my image.
These two ramps are on opposite ends of a pond and this was a warm day last month for Alligators to get some air.
The ramp above was new a year or so ago and the other one, slowly sinking, has been there four years that I know of.
A little breeze was ruffling the water and reptiles were the only creatures in sight.
January 14, 2020
Let me start with, I’m not a fan. However, there he was laying in the sun, on a log over the water. No way he would bother me, plus I was pretty sure he’s a harmless variety.
He moved, but not very far to have peek closer to the water.
I wandered along the path and when I came back he had doubled back, and seemed content to stay right there.