If you hear a loud buzz coming from trees in the daytime, the noise is most likely caused by cicadas. These buzzing critters make their presence known by leaving their brown exoskeletons on tree trunks… Read More
Category: Natural Resources
By Samantha Grenrock UF/IFAS Communications When it comes to urban planning, sometimes a bird in hand is not worth two in the bush. Researchers with the University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences… Read More
Both lizards (anoles) and skinks are classified in a larger sense as lizards. They inhabit similar environments (tree) and both feed on insects, spiders and small invertebrates which is why we categorize them as beneficial… Read More
Q: I was walking along Egan’s Creek and saw a plant I thought was Queen Anne’s lace but my friend seems to think it is elderberry. Do you have any ideas?
A: It could have easily been elderberry but after looking over the site and sending photographs to the University of Florida, we determined the plant to most likely be a water hemlock. Water hemlock, Cicuta… Read More
A: Reeds, sedges and rushes are not my strength but your photo of the seed head made it easier to identify. I am glad you did not pick any of the plants as these should… Read More
Q: I found a small, turtle with a very long tail in my driveway. Do you have any idea what it might be?
Q: I found a small, turtle with a very long tail in my driveway. It did not look like any turtle I am familiar with as the outer shell was very rough. I have included… Read More
Q: I know you usually work with plants but I was hoping you might help me identify the turtles I see on logs within the Egan’s Creek wildlife preserve behind my subdivision.
A: As luck would have it, I was searching for invasive plants at Egan’s Creek Greenway a few days ago and noticed dozens of turtles sliding of the logs once I got nearby. This phenomenon… Read More
Q: I always lift the cover off my gas BBQ with caution because I never know what I might find. This time I found a snake. I washed him off with a hose but do… Read More
Q: I almost stepped on a snake in my yard and wanted to know what kind it was. It was light brown with patterns on the back. I couldn’t tell if the head was truly… Read More
Q: I found a long, brown striped snake in my yard. I am worried it might the snake might attack me or my pets. How concerned should I be?
A: The most important thing to do is to stay away from them as most bites and injuries occur when people poke at the snake or try to pick it up. Snakes are not going… Read More