A few years ago, I had a job as a field biologist in Florida, where I had the opportunity to see and photograph a lot of animals and plants that few people see. Only a mile or so from the housing developments and tourist traps, you can find animals that even long-term residents, even the outdoorspeople — hikers and anglers and hunters — don’t know about. Not necessarily because they’re rare (though some are) or live far from civilization, but because they’re small and live in burrows or ponds or only come out on rainy nights.
The southeast US is home to a rich variety of flora and fauna, and is especially a hot spot for herpetofauna (reptiles and amphibians). Some, if not most, of these species are dwindling throughout their range, mostly due to habitat loss. There isn’t much outcry for conserving snakes and salamanders. It’s difficult to care about something you don’t know exists.
This blog is my attempt to help with that. I have all these photos; I might as well put them to use. Every week I’ll display photos of a little-known (or just little-appreciated) species, along with information on how it fits into its ecosystem, what it eats (and what eats it) and other (hopefully!) interesting facts about its life.