Tag Archives: Reptile

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

Alligator Coming Up, Maybe Not

After the bigger fellow from my post Alligator Coming Up got settled I turned my head to watch an Egret and the little gator bailed off into the water. I watched him swim around the ramp and then he took at turn at climbing up.

Alligator Climbing Onto Ramp
Alligator Climbing Onto Ramp

He made a huge effort, flailing his front and back legs around.

Alligator Climbing Onto Ramp
Alligator Climbing Onto Ramp

I can do it!

Alligator Climbing Onto Ramp
Alligator Climbing Onto Ramp

Almost there, just need to get that back leg a little higher!

Alligator Climbing Onto Ramp
Alligator Climbing Onto Ramp

And then he lost his grip.

Alligator Falling Off Ramp
Alligator Falling Off Ramp

Notice that the bigger Alligator never moved during all this action.

Alligator Falling Off Ramp
Alligator Falling Off Ramp

Down, down, down into the water he went.

Alligator Falling Off Ramp
Alligator Falling Off Ramp

Great Egret Over Pond and Reptiles

A few Great Egrets were swooping over the pond as they vied for mates or nesting spots in the nearby trees.

Great Egret Flying Over Alligators, Turtles Great Egret Flying Over Alligators, Turtles

Some were gathering sticks for their nests but they were easily distracted when another Great Egret invaded their space.

Great Egret Flying Over Turtle Great Egret Flying Over Turtle

Occasionally I’ve seen a large Alligator snap at a bird flying overhead without making contact, but these smallish Alligators and turtles ignored the aerial displays going on above them.

Great Egret Flying Over Alligators, Turtles Great Egret Flying Over Alligator and Turtles