Gopher Tortoises Spend Eighty Percent of Their Time in Burrows You may have been driving down a road in the middle of nowhere Florida and noticed a large tortoise crossing. It most likely was a… Read More
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Thank you for sending me a photo. This was a wonderful teaching moment for your children. I was glad you taught them not to poke it or touch it which is the cause of 95%… 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
A: Having a photo of the lizard helped but when you said it had a very large head I suspected a skink. It is in fact a broad headed skink. Broad-headed skinks, Eumeces laticeps, are… Read More
A: From your description, my first guess would be to suspect a rat. Literally, a roof rat called Rattus rattus. I know that is scary thought but we have many more of these rodents than… Read More
Q: Apparently the armadillo under my back steps invited others to join or had babies! I appreciate any help you can give!
Q: I have had one armadillo home under my back steps since I moved in 3 years ago. I thought it was OK and didn’t find him/her too much of a nuisance. BUT now, I… Read More
There are indeed wild pigs in the Northeast Florida. Florida’s wild hogs are often referred to as feral hogs or swine and are of three general types. The first type is the free-ranging swine from domesticated stock,… Read More
Q: I don’t see the small green lizards here anymore. I used to see them all the time when I moved here ten years ago. They seem to have been replaced by a brown variety. What happened?
A: Most likely what you are now seeing is the Cuban brown anole, Anolis sagrei. Apparently this lizard was first detected in 1887 in the Florida Keys but has become fully established within the last… Read More
A: As youngsters, we have learned to love these furry little critters but now as landowners we have a very different perspective. I have a few hints which should help: 1. Removing dense, heavy vegetative… Read More