Here are a few close encounters of the herpetological kind that I've had lately.
This Florida Cooter was wading through a woodland puddle on a recent morning.
The long and extremely cold winter here in Florida seems to have whacked the exotic brown anole population hard. The photo above is our native Carolina (hmmph! should be Florida!) Anole in his brown mode.
It hit me last week while I was excavating strange artifacts that all I was seeing were native anoles! After that epiphany, I really started looking and there are NO brown anoles at PFHQ.
Even more amazing, I am writing this from my Mom's house and her yard, which was literally crawling with exotic brown anoles, is TOTALLY DEVOID OF THEM.
This is one of the baby turtles from the 2006 nest. Newbies might want to search this blog to read about the baby turtles. You PF veterans know the story.
This tiny skink (its a real one, Pablo) was wrestling another one in the dry leaves Monday while I was landscaping.
So I asked him if he would pose for a pic and he said yes.
He's just a wee thing.
Happy Herp Day!
I am still in St. Augustine and am nursing just a slight headache after a mini-reunion with my highschool budbrothers, Kevin and Billy.
We landed at Jacks, a funky beach dive at St. Augustine Beach last night and spent about 4 hours sitting outside reliving our misspent youth.
After much time traveling, a few Yuenglings, and story telling, we came to a general consensus that :
- It's good to have survived our teen years.
- Our kids are way better than we were. Waaaaay better.
- Times sure have changed ... we came of age in a town with drive through hardliquor windows ... yes, you would drive up to the Lazy Sands Bar at Vilano Beach and they would mix you a bardrink at the window and pass it to you in your car. Can you imagine? That was so normal to us and we were full adults at 18 that we never thought it odd. There were nights when we circled that bar like sharks around a whale carcass.
- Reading that one, let me repeat it's really good to have survived our teen years.
- Some stories are just for the 3 of us and nobody else's business.
- And, perhaps the most important thing, there are friendships that stay strong and unbreakable over a lifetime.