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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

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

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

Take 2:
The Water System as Wildlife Habitat
http://web.archive.org/web/20140207164833/http://www.beautifulwildlifegarden.com/the-water-system-as-habitat.html

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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.

Learn: http://srelherp.uga.edu/snakes/diapun.htm

Diet: small earthworms, slugs, frogs, anoles, geckos, skinks, snakes, and salamanders (source: http://www.flmnh.ufl.edu/herpetology/fl-snakes/list/diadophis-punctatus-punctatus/)

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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).

Learn: http://srelherp.uga.edu/snakes/thasir.htm

http://www.flmnh.ufl.edu/herpetology/fl-snakes/list/thamnophis-sirtalis-sirtalis/

Diet: earthworms, small fishes, frogs, and salamanders

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

This LONNNNNNNNNNGGGGGGGGGGGGG beauty was on the hunt in the back area of the property having ventured out from underneath some SHAGGY HEDGEHYSSOP (Gratiola pilosa).

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

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

My take: http://web.archive.org/web/20131108140945/http://www.beautifulwildlifegarden.com/a-race-to-the-end.html
Take 2: http://web.archive.org/web/20140207164833/http://www.beautifulwildlifegarden.com/the-water-system-as-habitat.html

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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 on the patio. I have mixed feelings. Because I have dogs, it certainly isn’t welcome on the dog side of the property, but as you can see, it is beneficial. This one was eating an INVASIVE Cuban treefrog (YAY!)

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

Learn: http://nationalzoo.si.edu/Animals/ReptilesAmphibians/Facts/FactSheets/Cottonmouth.cfm

My take: http://www.beautifulwildlifegarden.com/my-hero-and-gardening-anxiety.html

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