CENTRAL FLORIDA CRITTER OF THE DAY: Florida Cottonmouth, Water Moccasin Snake (Agkistrodon piscivorus conanti)
VENOMOUS!! If bitten seek immediate medical care from a physician or hospital experienced in treating snakebite.
This guy (or gal) was wiggling along side the road when I drove down to the mailbox.
Learn to identify the 6 species of venomous snakes in Florida. If you see one, don’t panic, just quietly move away from the area and whatever you do, DON’t try to kill it. You stand a better chance of avoiding a bite if you just move along and don’t interact with it. http://www.flmnh.ufl.edu/herpetology/fl-guide/Agkistrodonpconanti.htm
Diet: fish, frogs, salamander, lizards, small turtles, baby alligators, birds, small mammals, and other snakes
My take: https://floridawildlifegardentails.wordpress.com/2019/01/01/my-hero-and-gardening-anxiety/
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.
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
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
The Water System as Wildlife Habitat
CENTRAL FLORIDA CRITTER OF THE DAY: Southern Ringneck Snake (Diadophis punctatus punctatus) NON-VENOMOUS, lays eggs. Must be snake week at my place. This is new for my reptile life list. Little and thin so perhaps a hatchling. I nearly missed it on the patio. not the best photo, he was hellbent on getting under the steps once he saw me with a camera.
Diet: small earthworms, slugs, frogs, anoles, geckos, skinks, snakes, and salamanders (source: http://www.flmnh.ufl.edu/herpetology/fl-snakes/list/diadophis-punctatus-punctatus/)
CENTRAL FLORIDA CRITTER OF THE DAY: Eastern Garter Snake (Thamnophis sirtalis sirtalis) NON-VENOMOUS, live-bearing. Tanner the English setter found this guy this morning amid some spanish needles, invasive ferns, azaleas, desmodium sp. I could see he was interested in something beyond sticks. He didn’t bother with it and it didn’t bother with him. These are pretty snakes with a hint of blue coloring.
From personal observation I have seen one of these attempt to eat a cuban treefrog (resulting in death of the treefrog YAY!!!). I’m hoping it continues this diet, although I’m pretty sure it is more enamoured with the southern toads under the house. My take: http://www.beautifulwildlifegarden.com/talk-about-stuffedthe-things-i-find-in-my-garden.html (NOT FOR THE FEINT OF HEART).
Diet: earthworms, small fishes, frogs, and salamanders