What an awesome bird.. well all wading birds are awesome! Have you ever thought about how in the world all these birds have so many different characteristics? Like some have legs that are green, some birds have yellow feet, different colors, differently shaped becks, a variety of color patterns and it goes on and on!
They are fun to watch when they are seeking small fish in the shallow brackish waters, they kind of dash around and chasing them.
Walking along the path I heard a croaking sound, a frog… I looked for at least 5 minutes going up and down the path trying to find where this frog was.
Looking more and more, focusing on the croaking sound, I noticed glistening within the grasses.
It was a call of survival. The frog had both front arms out for leverage to make it more difficult for the snake from swallowing it, the frog was fighting for its life. The snake was in much need of food to survive through the Florida winter season. It was difficult to watch, but this is nature, this is the survival of the wild, naturally. The fate of the Southern Leopard Frog is unknown.
About the Peninsula Ribbon Snake, a threatened state species
-Habitat: Generally near water, including mangroves and spartina (is a perennial deciduous grass which is found in intertidal wetlands, especially estuarine salt marshes )marsh as well as freshwater depressions and ditches.
-Florida Distribution: The state-protected Lower Keys population is known from No Name, Big Pine, Middle Torch, Cudjoe, and Upper Sugarloaf keys.
-Range-wide Distribution: T. sauritus, the eastern ribbon snake, inhabits non-mountainous areas throughout the eastern U.S. The peninsula ribbon snake, T. s. sackenii, ranges from southeastern South Carolina through Georgia and the Florida peninsula to the Keys.
-Conservation Status: Key Deer National Wildlife Refuge protects some habitat, but much habitat is threatened by development and drainage.
-Protection and Management: Protect all Lower Keys wetland habitats, from drainage, pollution, and disturbance by surrounding them with broad, terrestrial buffers. Protect underground freshwater lens from overconsumption, which would lead to saltwater intrusion.