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FLORIDA
2009
2 of 2
FLORIDA
2009
2 of 2
       
Still, we do manage to see some herps out in the Glades and Big Cypress. This cooter is crossing the Tamiami Trail, so we pull over to perform an intervention.     This Ratsnake is flipped from under a piece of cardboard.   Of course, after sunset we do some roadcruising.   This Garter Snake is lucky not to end up like its roadkill meal. A young Miami-phase Corn Snake.  The local variety usually has more of a gray ground color, but this one has a pretty shade of light brown.   Thirty years ago I used to find Striped Crayfish Snakes on the road frequently, and in large numbers;  now it’s a nice surprise when one shows up.   On the other hand, up until this night in 2009, there was a South Florida snake I had never seen.  Ron and I are cruising and we see a flash of red on the road.  It doesn’t register at first, but then we realize that at long last, and quite unexpectedly, we have finally found our first Coral Snake.    
Eastern Coral Snake Micrurus fulvius
American Alligator Alligator mississippiensis
Florida Redbelly Turtle Pseudemys nelsoni
Florida Softshell Turtle Apelone ferox
Peninsula Cooters Pseudemys peninsularis
Yellow Rat Snake Elaphe obsoleta quadrivittata
Eastern Garter Snake Thamnophis sirtalis
Corn Snake Pantherophis guttata
Striped Crayfish Snake Regina alleni