Snakes, Plants, Insects and more!

Fall Photo Blitz is Saturday October 27 at Chinsegut Conservation Center.

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The event begins at 10am…

Chinsegut Conservation Center
23212 Lake Lindsey Road
Brooksville, FL
352-754-6722

Bring your camera, photo, water, bug spray and please wear closed-toed shoes. Learn about Florida Nature Trackers and what you add to projects helps biologist with documenting plant and animal species around your area.


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Black Racer a non-venomous snake and good to have around! They eat a wide variety of prey including insects, lizards, snakes, birds, rodents, and amphibians.
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Baby Gators… Survival vs Nature

Breeding season ended in May/June, nesting was in July/August and with the incubation period that lasted up to 68 days, hatchlings are breaking out of their shells to make their way into the world while being supervised and guarded by their mother who is close by.

The mother can produce an average of 30-40 eggs… however a good percentage of them may be crushed by their mother or taken by raccoons.

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American Alligator Hatchling | September 4 2018 | Canon 7D Mark II | Canon 400mm | Canon 2x extender

Mother gators are very protective of their young, so keep your distance around any water areas like ponds and lakes and having a good telephoto lens is a good idea.

Raccoons, otters and even birds are main predators for these little ones.  It is sad to think that these little hatchlings, as cute as they are, most will not survive to reach a year old.

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Possible Gator Nest | September 2018

The nests looks like a mound of grass and other vegetation and usually close to water. The mother gator will continue to use the nest to protect her young from the cold winter months as well as from predators.


Links:

http://myfwc.com/wildlifehabitats/managed/alligator/facts/
https://www.clearlanding.com/alligator-reproduction-and-nesting-facts/