Friday, November 18, 2011

Nano-Herps


This is one of our crown snakes, of that, I am pretty sure. However, there are about 3 crown snake species in Florida, and I haven't had a chance to check it out.
This little guy was under a chunk of concrete. He wasn't visible when I turned it over, but a quick rake of the newly exposed dirt with my fingers brought him up wiggling and squirming.


This little frog was under the same piece of concrete.
What a cutie, right Dani?

I think it might be one of the cricket frogs, but am open to ID advice on that.
Again, my schedule is keeping me from a good look-up session, and it's not a frog I encounter that often.

He was squeaky, unlike a lot of frogs that don't say a word when you catch 'em.
I let him go in the leafy, mulchy, goodness of the flower bed next to the house, during a predawn rain yesterday.

Apparently, I will be getting a MACRO-HERP today, courtesy of an elementary student at my school.

If she and her Dad follow through, I will share it here this weekend.


7 comments:

Linda Starr said...

I never knew there were snakes so small, well I guess there are baby ones, but I had one similar to this but dark and smaller in the house the other day not sure how it got in but my cat unfortunately played with it before I noticed and it went to snake heaven.

Thunder Dave said...

I recognize that snake!
I think the 2 that I saw at our place were Southeastern Crowns, but reading the descriptions they are a bit too close for me to know the difference I'm basing it on the most common region for them. ;-)

tai haku said...

Aww what cuties! A handy guide to florida's crowned snakes.....http://www.flmnh.ufl.edu/herpetology/fl-guide/tantillarelicta.htm

Linda your snake sounds like it might have been a ringneck snake...

lesle said... said...

In the lawn? Under 5 inches? We calls'em little "yard snakes." Let 'em be, good for aerating the soil.

Dan said...

I'm no expert, but the frog might be Eleutherodactylus planirostris, an exotic from Cuba.

threecollie said...

Never even heard of a crown snake before so it is quite cool to see and hear of one. Thanks

Rex said...

Dan's right, the frog is a Greenhouse Frog, E. planirostris. It's the only frog in Florida that doesn't lay its eggs in water. The snake is a crowned snake, but not enough of its crown is visible to positively identify it beyond that: if the black on the head is broken by a pale collar (which would be my guess, from the photo) it's a Peninsula Crowned Snake and if not it's a Central Florida Crowned Snake.