Tag Archives: Reptile

Juvenile Alligators

Young Alligators often perch on their mother’s body, maybe for safety or in this case a good sun patch.

Juvenile Alligator on Mother's Back
Juvenile Alligator on Mother’s Back

Bulls Island is a barrier island off the coast of South Carolina made of a series of ancient sand dunes that run parallel to the long ocean side. Over time fresh water sloughs have formed between the dunes, home to many Alligators.

Juvenile Alligator on Mother's Back, Two Others on Bank
Juvenile Alligator on Mother’s Back, Two Others on Bank

A closer view of the two duck weed coated youngsters on the bank:

Two Juvenile Alligators on Bank
Two Juvenile Alligators on Bank

Another juvenile found his own dry spot, complete with dappled sun.

Juvenile Alligator
Juvenile Alligator

April 1, 2022

All Curled Up: Snakes

Snakes were what I saw the most of on my recent visit to Beidler Forest. I’m not a big fan, but have grown to appreciate their habits since moving to SC.

Snake, Curled Up
Snake, Curled Up

The positions they arrange themselves in are pretty interesting, including a little flare with the tail.

Snake, Curled Up
Snake, Curled Up

It was a partly cloudy day in the mid 70s (24-25C) and these three were in spots that were in and out of the sun.

Snake, Curled Up
Snake, Curled Up

Beidler Forest, SC
March 18, 2022

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