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FLORIDA
December 2010
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FLORIDA
December 2010
1 of 1
          
Another crop of Everglades and Big Cypress pics taken during our annual family vacation.  This year there are more alligators than we’ve ever seen before.  Gave up counting when we hit 500+.   Lots of babies, including hatchlings and yearlings.     A Softshell unbothered by the alligator basking beside it, but this Redbelly had a less peaceful encounter in the past.  Note the punctured carapace and fractured plastron below the tail. And speaking of hungry alligators . . .     Ron’s wife Lorisa captures the moment on video.  Although it’s cool to watch a gator chow down a gar, I especially enjoy the chorus of tourists in the background.     Alligators weren’t the only ones having fish for lunch.  Birds were also out hunting, or working on their nests.     More herps poking up and out from the swamp.     Even on the road some Green Water Snakes would still periscope.  Florida Water Snakes would just bite.   A pretty little neonate Water Moccasin. At first I thought this was a Pygmy Rattlesnake, but turned out to be something even better.  I know EDBs are great wherever they’re found, but my favorites are those from the Glades.      
 Lorisa Seibel
Florida Softshell Turtle Apolone ferox
Florida Redbelly Turtle Pseudemys nelsoni
Great Blue Heron Egret Anhinga (male) Great Blue Heron Red-shouldered Hawk Pied-billed Grebe Florida Redbelly Turtle Pseudemys nelsoni Brown Water Snake Nerodia taxispilota
Florida Green Water Snake Nerodia floridana
Florida Green Water Snake Nerodia floridana
Florida Banded Water Snake Nerodia faciata pictiventris
Florida Cottonmouth Agkistrodon piscivorus conanti
Eastern Diamondback Rattlesnake (juvenile) Crotalus adamanteus