This is the time of year where every creature, little or small, is moving. So it is important to watch where you are going especially in areas where you can drive through. Caught this one crossing the limestone road.
This turtle doesn’t grow very big.. maybe 3-5 inches and can easily be mistaken for a pinecone. So again, it’s important to look ahead when you are driving in places like Chassahowitzka WMA.
From the above photo, you can see the three stripes along the back of its shell. This one looks like it has been here for a while. Let’s hope this turtle can live for many more years.
Black Racer…. very, very good to have around your yard. Why? Well, they eat other snakes, mice and rats!
Juveniles are often mistaken as Pygmy Rattlesnakes.
Breeding: March thru June | Eggs 6-20: May thru August
Like the baby alligators, snakes also have a egg tooth that helps them rip open the egg and falls off within a couple of days. Neonates or hatchlings are on their own once they emerge from the egg, feeding on insects and other small amphibians.