Tag Archives: Reptile

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

Tortoise on the Beach

At first I thought this was some kind of debris, then realized it was moving towards me, and at a pretty good clip.

Gopher Tortoise on Beach
Gopher Tortoise on Beach, Atlantic Ocean

I expected he would be heading for the sand dunes behind me: tortoises don’t swim.

Gopher Tortoise on Beach
Gopher Tortoise on Beach

Instead he made a turn and continued on at the water’s edge.

Gopher Tortoise on Beach
Gopher Tortoise on Beach

Talbot Islands State Parks, Florida
April 27, 2021

The gopher tortoise is one of five North American tortoise species and is the only tortoise naturally found east of the Mississippi River. Its range includes the southeastern Coastal Plain from southeastern Louisiana east to southern South Carolina, and south to Florida.  ~ Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission

Alligator Nursery

These images were taken in the same tidal inlet as my post All Stacked Up, Alligator Mother and Young.

Juvenile Alligator With Swamp Sunflowers
Juvenile Alligatora With Swamp Sunflowers

It is probably the same family as mother Alligators are very territorial.

Juvenile Alligator with Swamp Sunflowers
Juvenile Alligator with Swamp Sunflowers

The tide was in and the juvenile Alligators were having some swim practice.

Juvenile Alligators With Swamp Sunflowers
Juvenile Alligators With Swamp Sunflowers

I didn’t see mamma, but you can be sure she wasn’t far off as the youngsters explored.

Juvenile Alligators With Swamp Sunflowers
Juvenile Alligators With Swamp Sunflowers

This last fellow was working on his “just floating” pose.

Juvenile Alligator
Juvenile Alligator