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FLORIDA
December 2011
2 of 2
FLORIDA
December 2011
2 of 2
       
A late afternoon hike.  Welcomed with open, uh, claws, by a crawfish, and greeted by a grinning Water Snake. Night falls and we go cruising.         A nice surprise, a species we hadn’t seen for a long time.  Mud Snakes are always a special treat, and always a challenge to photograph.  Part of their defensive response is to keep twisting themselves into weird positions, poking with their sharp-pointed tail, and constantly trying to hide their head.  We finally say to hell with it and just take pictures as is. Another Mud, only this time, a turtle. Ron and my daughter Shoshi taking photographs of a Ribbon Snake.   Don’t get quite as close taking pictures of this one.       On the other hand, hands-on with this one. We finish up with one of the prettiest Pygmies I’ve ever seen in the Glades. .  
Corn Snake Elaphe guttatus  
Eastern Garter Snake Thamnophis sirtalis sirtalis
Southern Toad Bufo terrestris
Burmese Python Python bivittatus
Florida Water Snake Nerodia faciata pictiventris
Eastern Mud Snake Farancia abacura abacura  
Florida Mud Turtle Kinosternon steindachneri
Dusky Pygmy Rattlesnake Sistrurus miliarius barbouri
Florida Cottonmouth Agkistrodon piscivorous conanti
 Shoshanna Grunwald