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 animals. Skinks are… Read More
Category: Natural Resources
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 maculata, is the most… 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 be left alone. … 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 a picture. Do… 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 of sliding off… 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 you have any… 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 triangle but I… 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 to chase you… Read More
Q: I have a snake in my yard that is not afraid of us, but should we be afraid of it? It has a small head, mostly black with a yellow stripe down the side. A: I believe… Read More
Q: My son is intrigued with the fast running lizards with the blue tails. What can you tell me about them?
Q: My son is intrigued with the fast running lizards with the blue tails. They run too fast for us to get a real good look at them. They appear to be striped. What can you tell me… Read More