Bluestripe Ribbon Snake

Ribbons snakes are non-venomous, however just like every living creature they still bite, even with a cute face like that! I see a lot of these snakes killed as a result of being run over by vehicles.

 

I was very fortunate for this one spending some time with me to take some photos as well as recording some video. What a great model!

Bluestripe Ribbon Snake | March 11 | Alice Mary Herden
Bluestripe Ribbon Snake | March 11 | Alice Mary Herden

These snakes are only found in Florida within prairies, hammocks, marshes, and pinelands habitats.


Links:

https://www.floridamuseum.ufl.edu/herpetology/fl-snakes/list/thamnophis-sauritus-nitae/

 

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Black Racer…Good to have around.

Black Racer…. very, very good to have around your yard. Why? Well, they eat other snakes, mice and rats!

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Juvenile Black Racer | September 11

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.

Southern Black Racer
Southern Black Racer | August 21

 


Links:

http://ufwildlife.ifas.ufl.edu/snakes/blackracer.shtml

https://www.floridamuseum.ufl.edu/herpetology/fl-snakes/list/coluber-constrictor-priapus/

http://ufwildlife.ifas.ufl.edu/snakes/florida.shtml

http://www.pbase.com/dydmd/non_venomous_snakes_of_florida&page=all

 

Florida Water Moccasin

Okay.. I am not a big fan of snakes partly due to an experience I had a couple of months ago, however, I do know the importance of these Florida native species and to the ecosystem.

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Water Moccasin | Linda Pederson Park | September 1

I have photographed three of these snakes within the last six months and with all this rain we are having I am sure there will be more sightings.

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Water Moccasin | Bayou Drive | February 26

IF YOU SEE ONE>> JUST LEAVE IT ALONE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Water Moccasin | Paynes Prairie | June 27

If you are out photographing, and you come across a snake.. take your pics at a VERY SAFE DISTANCE and go on your way. FYI: Striking ranges for snakes vary from species to species and can be up to 15ft.

KNOW YOUR SNAKES

I have gotten in the habit of not walking along the edge of trails, I stay in the middle, but if you are going to the edge, LOOK ALL AROUND before you take a step and snap that photo! It’s a good idea to have a walking stick too!

Give enough space to walk around the snake.. don’t harass it, let it be!

I highly suggest investing in some good boots… I often wear mid calf rain, mud boots when we hike. These are great if you are going on a short 1 or 2 mile hike.

These are beautiful creatures and need their space.


Links

http://ufwildlife.ifas.ufl.edu/water_moccasin_watersnake_comparison.shtml

http://www.wildflorida.com/articles/Banded_Water_Snake_or_Cottonmouth.php

https://www.floridamuseum.ufl.edu/herpetology/fl-snakes/compare1

https://www.snaketype.com/water-moccasin-snake/

http://srelherp.uga.edu/snakes/agkpis.htm

http://myfwc.com/wildlifehabitats/profiles/reptiles-and-amphibians/reptiles/snakes/cottonmouth/

http://myfwc.com/media/1321792/Guide_to_venomous_snakes_in_FL.pdf

http://myfwc.com/media/1321795/Guide_to_nonveneomous_snakes.pdf

 


Camera & Lens:
Canon 7D Mark II 70-200mm (with a 2x extender)