Joe Spandrusyszyn

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    1. Comment on Eastern Phoebe (Sayornis phoebe) 11 days ago
      Thanks! I checked my other photos, I just have one other of the same plant, but it's basically the same view (another shot of the same Phoebe taken 5 seconds earlier), so no help in IDing the plant.

      Taking a second look did make me realize I geotagged the photo wrong originally. When I uploaded it, I thought I had taken the photo a day earlier than I did, so I originally tagged it on the wrong side of Long Pine Key.
    2. Comment on Eastern Phoebe (Sayornis phoebe) 11 days ago
      No, I'm not sure. I didn't even notice the ants before!
      The leaves and bark coloring looks about right for a younger Gumbo Limbo tree... but without seeing any peeling bark it could just as easily be several other plants (at least with my weak plant identification skills, especially in areas like there where almost every plant's leaves look basically identical). I'll try to remember to re-check my Everglades photos tonight to see if I took any other shots that include this same plant (I probably didn't, I didn't take very many photos in this particular trail).
    3. Comment on American Toad (Anaxyrus americanus) 6 months ago
    4. Comment on Brown Water Snake (Nerodia taxispilota) 8 months ago
      Thanks TristanV for noticing and correcting my error in originally identifying these guys as Cottonmouths. Turns out the "vertical pupil" in the shot I was using most of the time when identifying them was just some glare obscuring what is very obviously a round pupil in all the other shots where the pupil is visible, and the "pit" is just a shadow in an indentation on the snakes' faces (and higher than an actual pit would be now that I look closer at actual photos of cottonmouths).
    5. Comment on Glandularia sp. (probably) 8 months ago
      You didn't seem rude - no worries.

      It doesn't look like I took any other shots of this flower that day. I'll look through my other shots from this park from other days later to see if I have any other shots of the same flower, and I'll keep it in mind the next time I go there to see if there are still any in the same area.
    6. Comment on Glandularia sp. (probably) 8 months ago
      Thanks for the correction - I've removed the incorrect tags and title.
    7. Comment on Brown Water Snake (Nerodia taxispilota) 8 months ago
      They're all wild snakes, in a nature preserve.
    8. Comment on Brown Water Snake (Nerodia taxispilota) 8 months ago
      That would've been quite a find! The sticks and leaves in the foreground are in a nearly perfect spot to make it look like one snake... wish I would've noticed that when I was there - I would've taken some time to try and take a slightly better optical illusion shot to make it look even more like one snake.
    9. Comment on Brown Water Snake (Nerodia taxispilota) 8 months ago
      One of the two behind this one:
      Brown Water Snake (Nerodia taxispilota)  Animal,Brown water snake,Colubridae,Florida,Geotagged,Lake Apopka,Nature,Nerodia,Nerodia taxispilota,Oakland Nature Preserve,Orlando,Reptile,Scaled Reptile,Serpentes,Snake,Spring,Squamata,United States,United States of America,Vertebrate


      The two at the end of the boardwalk:
      Brown Water Snake (Nerodia taxispilota)  Animal,Brown water snake,Colubridae,Florida,Geotagged,Lake Apopka,Nature,Nerodia,Nerodia taxispilota,Oakland Nature Preserve,Orlando,Reptile,Scaled Reptile,Serpentes,Snake,Spring,Squamata,United States,United States of America,Vertebrate
    10. Comment on Brown Water Snake (Nerodia taxispilota) 8 months ago
      **Edit: Snake was incorrectly identified at the time this comment was written. Brown water snakes are not venomous.**
      Cottonmouths naturally have fairly heavy looking bodies, but this one was looked heavy even for a cottonmouth. I wouldn't be surprised if it had recently eaten.
      This one was quite close, probably a meter and a half from the boardwalk (definitely closer than I would have wanted to be from a venomous snake if it weren't for the fencing and the fact that the boardwalk was elevated high enough above where the snake was resting).
      There were five cottonmouths in the area when I took this shot - two right behind this one (but much more hidden), and two resting on a fallen branch about 5 meters away from the overlook at the end of the boardwalk. I'll upload shots of the other ones soon.