CENTRAL FLORIDA CRITTER OF THE DAY: Green Anole (Anolis carolinensis)

Green anole is the only anole species native to the U.S. They compete with exotics for territory and you can help them by planting taller shrubbery. The natives are willing to climb up higher than the brown anole, so if you provide this type of habitat they will stand a better chance.


Diet: insects and spiders

My take:

From 2016:



CENTRAL FLORIDA CRITTER OF THE DAY:   Green Treefrog (Hyla cinerea)

Green Treefrog (Hyla cinerea)

I removed the sheet from the water system to find this guy hiding on the softener tank.  It’s been several years since I have seen one of these Florida native treefrogs.

Diet:  Beetles, crickets, caterpillars, beetle larvae, stinkbugs, other small invertebrates.



CENTRAL FLORIDA CRITTER OF THE DAY: American Alligator (Alligator mississippiensis)

american alligator

This big guy (at least 6 foot) was walking around in my next door neighbor’s yard last evening looking along the fence line for a way out.  Drought + mating season = alligators showing up where they normally would not.  Not sure how this fella wound up in their fenced yard.

He was a tad camera shy and walked away in the opposite direction when I started taking photos.

He will likely move on because there is no water source at my neighbors…even my pond has gone dry.  Last time I saw an alligator in our yards was back in 2013 when we also were experiencing lack of rainfall.  At that time one found comfort in my pond for a brief time, but it wasn’t anywhere near the size of this guy who was scary big.


My take:

scary BIG!


February 27-March 3, 2017 is National Invasive Species Awareness Week.

CENTRAL FLORIDA CRITTER OF THE DAY: Brown Anole (Anolis spp. likely sagrei)

Anolis sp. likely sagrei

This guy (and yes, it is a male) was either fighting mad, or madly in love with me as evidence of the display of the colorful dewlap.

Native to Cuba/Bahamas.

While good at helping keep pest insect populations in check, this non-native threatens our Florida native green anoles by taking over habitat and eating juveniles.


Learn more:

Anolis sagrei was the Focal Species in the Winter 2011 issue of The Invader Updater: Invasive species news for busy Extension professionals., a newsletter produced by: University of Florida Dept. of Wildlife Ecology and Conservation, Dr. Steve A. Johnson, Associate Professor & Extension Specialist and Monica E. McGarrity, Johnson Lab Outreach Coordinator.


CENTRAL FLORIDA CRITTER OF THE DAY: Southern Black Racer Snake (Coluber constrictor priapus)

NON-VENOMOUS. Sleak beauty was lounging in the sun on the storage cabinet.

Diet: frogs, lizards, snakes, rodents, birds, eggs


My take: A Race to the End

Take 2:
The Water System as Wildlife Habitat