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#1 natureboy

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Posted 14 November 2010 - 09:00 AM

here are some of the snakes and skinks that i find in my area.  feel free to post your reptile pics. 

NOTE:  all photo subjects were released shortly after these pics were taken

speckled kingsnake

racer

rat snake



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Posted 14 November 2010 - 09:03 AM

here is a shot that shows the under pattern of this rat snake.  notice how the pattern is absent from the front ~ 1/3 of the snakes belly

five-lined skink.

ground skink



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Posted 14 November 2010 - 09:07 AM

these guys are very interesting, narrow-mouthed toads.  i don't know about population trends in them, but i don't find them nearly as often as i used to

in very young individuals, the blue on the tail is even more stunning.  five lined again

 



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Posted 14 November 2010 - 11:31 AM

Great pictures.  The Kingsnakes are particularly impressive to examine.  I haven't seen a Narrow-mouth Toads in quite a few years.  Have you seen any of those huge brown skinks lately?


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Posted 14 November 2010 - 03:05 PM

thanks jim.  are you refering to broad-headed skinks?  that is the only really huge sp i encounter.  and yes, i do see them about as often as i see FL skinks.  a very old five lined skink can be pretty large as well and have a red head.  once they get that big, all the blue in the tail is gone, and the lines almost disappear.

those two sp can be pretty confusing where i live, because very young and individuals to ~ 4 or 5 inches can be almost identical.  then when you get on the east side of the Miss River, you have SE five-lined skinks added to the mix.  it can get pretty difficult to tell who you have.



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Posted 14 November 2010 - 09:56 PM

As a kid, I used to catch the really big five-lined skinks but would occasionally come across an equally big skink that looked more like the brown ground skinks.


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Posted 15 November 2010 - 07:03 AM

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Posted 16 November 2010 - 09:16 PM

Boys will be boys!!  I never even heard of a "skink" until this thread started!  I had to go online and look it up to see what they were!!  Although I'm not squeamish of reptiles - only bugs!

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Posted 17 November 2010 - 05:27 AM

Haha. We have plenty of skinks down here, Curly.

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Posted 17 November 2010 - 05:29 AM

But isn't a skink just basically a LIZARD?  or is it sort of a cross between lizard and snake?

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Posted 17 November 2010 - 08:34 AM

Yeah, skinks are just lizards. Just like bluebirds and robins are thrushes.

The only skinks I see at my house (Five-Lined Skinks) have brilliant blue tails.



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Posted 17 November 2010 - 11:11 AM

Don't have any pictures of wild herps unfortunately, but here is my captive green tree python.

 




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Posted 17 November 2010 - 05:24 PM

Jack Straw:

Don't have any pictures of wild herps unfortunately, but here is my captive green tree python.

 

WOW!



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Posted 17 November 2010 - 07:39 PM

An interesting and diverse collection! Here is my contribution. This thing is at least 4 or 5 feet long, and was in the tree tops, observed and photographed from a boardwalk. I still haven't figured out exactly WHAT it was! South Florida..fresh water marsh habitat.

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Posted 17 November 2010 - 07:49 PM

dudleydocker:

An interesting and diverse collection! Here is my contribution. This thing is at least 4 or 5 feet long, and was in the tree tops, observed and photographed from a boardwalk. I still haven't figured out exactly WHAT it was! South Florida..fresh water marsh habitat.

That's an iguana.  They've been introduced in South Florida, and like many introduced species, are causing a problem for native wildlife down there.  Here's another one...

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Posted 17 November 2010 - 07:58 PM

We have plenty of those here in Miami, although last years cold weather killed a bunch of them. Hopefully we will see a repeat of last year and get rid of some more.


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Posted 17 November 2010 - 08:02 PM

I think this one's a Broad-headed Skink

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Posted 17 November 2010 - 08:03 PM

Green Anole

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Posted 17 November 2010 - 08:05 PM

The most content-looking alligator I've ever seen...

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#20 Bird Whisperer

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Posted 17 November 2010 - 08:09 PM

All of these shots are gorgeous. I've never really spent much time looking at reptiles, but now that I'm spending more time outdoors, I'm willing to look at anything! :) I especially like Lyceel's Green Anole.





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