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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.

Learn: http://aggie-horticulture.tamu.edu/galveston/beneficials/beneficial-19_lizard_green_anole.htm

http://srelherp.uga.edu/lizards/anocar.htm

Diet: insects and spiders

Shown on Florida Native Plant: : Bidens alba

My take: https://floridawildlifegardentails.wordpress.com/2016/06/20/nature-knows-bestthe-little-lizard-who-could/

http://osceolaflgardenblahblahblog.blogspot.com/2013/10/arnold-surfs-windshield.html

It only blinked, but caught this shot where it looks like it is sleeping

Green Anole (Anolis carolinensis)

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CENTRAL FLORIDA CRITTER OF THE DAY: Southeastern Five-lined Skink (Plestiodon inexpectatus)

Quick, sleek lizard. You can generally find them warming in the early morning sun. Juveniles have blue tails.
Note: This may be P. fasciatus although it seems their range ends in northern Florida; map: http://maps.iucnredlist.org/map.html?id=64227

Diet: beetles, wood roaches, grasshoppers and other insects

Preyed upon by large birds, (crows, kestrels, hawks), foxes, raccoons, opossums, skunks, shrews, moles, domestic cats, and snakes.

Learn: http://srelherp.uga.edu/lizards/eumine.htm

My take: http://web.archive.org/web/20110725005604/http://www.beautifulwildlifegarden.com/hep-herpetology.html

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

NON-VENOMOUS.

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

Learn: http://www.flmnh.ufl.edu/herpetology/fl-snakes/list/coluber-constrictor-priapus/

Shown climbing Florida native plant: GROUNDSEL TREE; SEA MYRTLE (Baccharis halimifolia) a.k.a. Saltbush

My take: World Snake Day…And Me Without My Pungi* https://floridawildlifegardentails.wordpress.com/2017/07/16/world-snake-dayand-me-without-my-pungi/

Take 2: A Race to the End
http://web.archive.org/web/20131108140945/http://www.beautifulwildlifegarden.com/a-race-to-the-end.html

Take 3: The Water System as Wildlife Habitat
http://web.archive.org/web/20140207164833/http://www.beautifulwildlifegarden.com/the-water-system-as-habitat.html

Closeup from 2013:

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CENTRAL FLORIDA CRITTER OF THE DAY:  Corn Snake (Pantherophis guttatus)

a.k.a. Eastern Corn Snake, Chicken Snake, Red Rat Snake

NON-VENOMOUS. Caught this beauty eating the eggs in the Ground Dove’s nest..

Diet: lizards, frogs, rodents, and birds and their eggs.

Learn: https://www.floridamuseum.ufl.edu/herpetology/fl-snakes/list/pantherophis-guttatus/

Shown on Florida native Plant: Saltbush (Baccharis halimifolia)

My take:  https://floridawildlifegardentails.wordpress.com/2018/06/04/nothing-goes-to-waste-in-a-wildlife-garden/

Big and beefy, the bottom has very interestingl markings

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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.

Learn: http://aggie-horticulture.tamu.edu/galveston/beneficials/beneficial-19_lizard_green_anole.htm

http://srelherp.uga.edu/lizards/anocar.htm

Diet: insects and spiders

My take: https://floridawildlifegardentails.wordpress.com/2016/06/20/nature-knows-bestthe-little-lizard-who-could/

http://osceolaflgardenblahblahblog.blogspot.com/2013/10/arnold-surfs-windshield.html

From 2016:

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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.

Learn:  http://ufwildlife.ifas.ufl.edu/frogs/greentreefrog.shtml

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