Reptiles

Please Do Not Feed The Alligators!

Please Do Not Feed The Alligators!

 

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A couple asked what could be done about a woman they had seen feeding the alligators from the bridge over the Addison Canal by the Nature Center. Read more…

 

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American Alligator

American Alligator

 

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Photo Courtesy of Hobie Kurtz

 

As anyone familiar with Florida knows, we have American Alligators.  Learn about them in the TGO Nature Center’s article which is part of our educational series.  Read more...

 

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Why Do Some Snakes Eat Themselves?

 Why Do Some Snakes Eat Themselves?

 

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Photo Courtesy of Bob Rosenberger

 

Bob Rosenberger, a TGO resident and owner of Golfcarts Unlimited, found this snake that appears to have tried to eat itself.  TGO Nature Center member, Cary Salter, researched this unusual behavior and discovered why some snakes do try to eat themselves.   Read more about this unusual behavior…

 

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The Green Anole

 The Green Anole

 

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Photo Courtesy of Darlene Durham

 

We see these pretty little lizards all over TGO.  When I was a kid, we always referred to them as chameleons.  Though they share the unique ability to change their skin colors like true chameleons, these little lizards’ proper name is green anole.  Read more about the green anole…

 

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Snapping Turtle

Snapping Turtle

 

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Photo Courtesy of Darlene Durham

 

This snapping turtle was crossing Plantation Drive in June of 2014.  Snapping turtles can give a very nasty bite and the length of their necks and therefore their reach in which they can bite is deceiving.  Look at the photo and notice all that extra skin around its head – it is hiding that long neck.  Read more about the snapping turtle…

 

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The Importance of Snakes

  The Importance of Snakes

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Snakes Are Beneficial To Our Ecosystem
Photo Courtesy of Darlene Durham

 

We live in a community where there is an abundance of wildlife. Each species has their place in nature. One of these is the snake. There are 44 species of snakes found in multiple habitats throughout Florida. Only 6 out of the 44 are venomous. Read more about The Importance of Snakes…

 

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Southern Black Racer

Southern Black Racer

 

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Photo Courtesy of Darlene Durham

 

The southern black racer is probably the most seen snake at TGO and in Florida.  We frequently see at least one in our backyard.  Breeding season is from March to June.  Come to think of it, I saw two of these snakes in our yard at the same time in May so we may be seeing more southern black racers in the coming months.  But the young won’t look like their parents.  Read more about the southern black racer…

 

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Bluestripe Garter Snake

Bluestripe Garter Snake

 

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Photo Courtesy of Taylor Durham

 

Yesterday on our daily golf cart ride on the nature trail, we spotted this bluestrip garter snake in the ditch that runs along the trail.  We were close to the conservation area behind Sunset Drive.  What a treat and I’m surprised we spotted it in all that mud.  Read more about the bluestripe garter snake…

 

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Florida Softshell Turtle

Florida Softshell Turtle

 

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Photo Courtesy of Taylor Durham

 

The Florida softshell turtle is a large aquatic turtle we see at TGO.  The turtle shape is flat and has often been referred to as a pancake.  The above photo was taken at the canal by the bridge on the nature trail.  This female turtle was making a nest to lay her eggs.  Read more about the Florida softshell turtle…

 

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Contact Us

To reserve the meeting room, contact:

Josiah Monk at Recreation Services for reservations on Monday, Wednesday and Friday mornings and Tuesday and Thursday afternoons.

Loretta Anne’ for all other times.