Critters in Florida!

Lizard on Tree

We are in Florida for Easter, visiting family.

Roger, of course, captured a couple of toads and a frog within the first 5 minutes of being here.

On closer inspection, we have found that there are tons of critters in the area.

This was a lizard that Roger caught on the back porch. We let it go and watched as he hopped from branch to branch for a bit.

Beyond this photo — my favorite — I also snapped a neat photo of the lizard on saw grass and another of the lizard walking on a bit of tree branch.

There is a bit of a swamp in the backyard, so this really isn’t much of a surprise.

Tree Frog

It does make me wish for waders, though, as I can see at least a half a dozen species of wildflower in bloom within a handful of yards of the yard.

There are tons of frogs and toads around here. On closer inspection, some of the bushes are simply covered with these little tiny frogs all folded up in the leaves.

They are simply green. Just a vibrant, shiny, slightly wet, gorgeous green.

Scary Bug

There are also the occasionally scary bug.

Roger and I make a great team for finding such beasties. In this case, I said to Roger “Hey, look, a very angry plant.” (referring to the extremely thorny/spiny thistle like weed). Roger took one look and responded, “Whoah! angry weed with very big, strange, bug on it!”

He spotted this whacky looking bug sitting underneath the leaves of the angry plant. The thing was huge! Easily larger than the frog pictured above!

Even though it looked like a stink bug, we quickly discovered that it could, in fact, fly.

Neat.

Wild Iris

There are also bunches of wild flowers in bloom. Unfortunately, I can’t get to any of ’em without waders.

This was the one wild iris I could get close enough to take a shoddy picture of. Gorgeous flower.

At least, I think it is a wild iris. Given this area, it could just as easily be some random domesticated iris that someone dug up and simply tossed in the wetlands to “dispose” of it.



4 Responses to “Critters in Florida!”

  1. John C. Randolph says:

    BTW, you should caution Roger against collecting spiders in Florida. There are some nasty arachnids down there, septic and/or toxic.

    -jcr

  2. John C. Randolph says:

    BTW, you should caution Roger against collecting spiders in Florida. There are some nasty arachnids down there, septic and/or toxic.

    -jcr

  3. Papa Joe says:

    …but Bill has been “wading’ through my gin and wine. not a bad trade off though, have Chris,Bill & Roger for the week and they brought the Apple TV gizmo for me & Mama Ann. We r getting Apple-ized slowly but surely.

    as far as the bugs r concerned we do have Black Widows here that i and some of the neighbors have seen. Roger is looking for his first ‘gator too. Wading birds r starting to come to this area again as the construction becomes less intrusive on their lives.

  4. sam says:

    Thanks for sharing these photos. The world is full of such beautiful critters!

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