Florida Everglades Trip- November-December, 2009


We just got back from a one-week herping trip to the Florida Everglades. We saw a lot of cool herps, especially snakes. I am not 100% sure on all of the ID's, especially with the treefrogs, so please tell me if any of them are wrong (you can email me at GilaMonster19@gmail.com with any questions, comments, or identification help).

We flew into Miami on November 28, and drove to Key Biscayne, where we would stay for two nights. We immediately hiked around at Bill Baggs Cape Florida State Park & started herping and found a TON of Brown Anoles (Anolis sagrei):

A merganser floating on the ocean:

The sunset on the ocean:

A raccoon we found as we were walking out of the park:

The next day, we met up with Chris (Christopher) at Crandon Park. There are tons of introduced herps there, so we were hoping to find a few new species.

We immediately found two snake skins, so we looked around, but couldn't find any snakes:

Brown Anoles and Puerto Rican Crested Anoles were very abundant.

Brown Anole (Anolis sagrei):

Puerto Rican Crested Anole (Anolis cristatellus cristatellus)

Tricolored Heron

Green Iguanas (Iguana Iguana)

Spiny-tailed Iguanas (Ctenosaura pectinata)

Squirrel Treefrog (Hyla squirrela)

Cottontail Rabbit

A very cool Alligator 

This Puerto Rican Crested Anole felt like garbage (literally):

The next morning, we drove to the Everglades, and went road cruising with Josh Holbrook

. He spotted most of the herps - lol.

Our first live herp was this Florida banded Water Snake (Nerodia fasciata pictiventris)

A DOR Florida Banded Water Snake:

Southern Leopard Frog (Rana utricularia)

Striped Mud Turtles were a very common sight road-cruising, but they would never sit still for photos  :

A sad sight, DOR Eastern Diamondback Rattlesnake (Crotalus adamanteus):

"Bob", the blind, toothless American Crocodile:

Green Anole (Anolis carolinensis)

Tropical House Gecko (Hemidactylus mabouia):

A crayfish found road-cruising:

He was very happy to see us

Southern Toad (Bufo terrestris)

A DOR Florida Green Water Snake (Nerodia floridana)

A juvenile Florida Cottonmouth :

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