Even though they are very common where they are found, an alligator was big on my list for my trips to Florida in 2016. I’d already seen a couple of American Crocodiles in Costa Rica earlier in May, so this was looking to be a great year for crocodilians. My first trip to the panhandle in August produced only a single, baby alligator. My trip later, in October, however, I got my fill (and saw a couple of crocs too).
This is one of the more under-rated rattlesnakes that’s out there. They’re very common in Southern California, and considered pests by even people who love snakes in the area. I personally think they’re amazing and one of the most adaptable rattlesnakes, able to exist in good numbers in even long-developed areas better than any rattlesnake I can think of.
These guys were very common in the flowers near the hotel we were staying at.
This is the first copperhead I ever photographed … and actually, the first non-rattlesnake pit viper.
Although about anyone with a camera that sets foot in Costa Rica gets a photo of these guys, I really enjoyed finding them in my time there.
These bright yellow snakes moving through the low brush were so bright, it’s amazing they don’t just stand out in the leaves as one would expect. Instead, it’s almost as if the bright color doesn’t quite fit, and the mind just discards it. It’s a very different scenario and very far away, but I feel the same about some of the brightly colored Speckled Rattlesnakes here in Arizona, when sitting in ambush at the base of bushes where the blue, white, and orange tones stand out like a flag.
The backside of a mountain range I’ll probably never be able to hike in … conserved to death.
This little tiny guy was out crossing a road and, in exchange for being saved from road-burgerdom, it endured a photo session on nearby rocks before going on its way.
I saw this interesting guy in Northern Florida last October. I’ll post more photos of it later, but the dorsal stripe started with this strong rust color, and faded to a flat black. They’re very common snakes in the area, but I didn’t get sick of them in my time in Florida last year.