A turkey vulture in Myakka River State Park in Sarasota, Florida. The park is most known for its alligators, but has a huge population of vultures, though most are black vultures. I'v used this shot on birthday cards along with a line like "a little birdie told me it was your birthday and he was meeting you for lunch". I am known for a weird sense of humor.
The brown anole is a common sight across Florida. Often referred to as lizards, this highly invasive species was imported to the state from Cuba or the Bahamas. Most Floridians don't mind the little creatures as they eat a lot of bugs.
The distinctive markings on the back of this individual identify it as a female.
This picture was taken at Clam Bayou in Gulf Port, Florida on the west coast of Florida.
Anhingas, locally known as "snake birds" are often referred to as comorants, by our northern friends. It would be very unusual to see a comorant in Florida. These birds spend a lot of time under water looking for food, sometimes just their neck and head are visible making them look like a snake. After diving for fist they will often be seen drying their wings in the sun.
A colorful corn snake along a trail in the Amberjack Environmental Park near Englewood, Florida. Corn snakes are big, but good to have around as they eat rodents. They got their name because they would ften be found in corn cribs.
Seahorses are found in shallow temperate or tropical waters around the world. They range in size from less than inch to over a foot in length. Shy creatures, they hide in grasses or coral and can be hard to find. An unusual trait of seahorses is that the male carries the eggs after they are fertilized.
An eastern lubber grasshopper on ground among sand and pine needles. The bright colors of this three inch grasshopper serves as a warning to pray that it is toxic. The slow moving insect is easy to catch, but one does not want to pick one up. It will hiss and then spray an irritating liquid.
This skeleton was in the edge of a wooded area along a busy street. While I am sure the berry did not kill the raccoon, its position is interesting (I did not move it). Taken in color with everything but the berry converted to black and white.
This adult Sand Hill Crane is in very deep grass. These birds are common along the roadways of Florida and often hold up traffic as they wander out into the street. This is an adult as evidenced by the red cap.