PICTURES FROM THE FLORIDA EVERGLADES
METROPOLITAN NATURALIST
This snake-like animal is actually a lizard - the Slender
Glass Lizard. Like many lizards, the tail breaks off very
easily to distract predators, allowing the lizard to slither
away while the predator is distracted by the squirming
tail that was left behind. I handled this fellow very
carefully to keep from loosing his tail. Unlike snakes, this
lizard has external ear openings and movable eye-lids.
Snakes have only a  transparent cover over their eyes.
This young American Alligator was floating among the lily
pads in the Everglades of Florida.
THE EVERGALADES OF FLORIDA ARE JUST A SMALL REMNANT OF THE VAST WETLAND THEY ONCE WERE.
PEOPLE HAVE FILLED IN MOST OF THE WETLAND AND BUILT HOUSES AND MALLS. INTRODUCED ANIMALS
AND PLANTS HAVE DISPLACED MANY OF THE NATIVE SPECIES.
 
Alligator in Okeefenokee
Alligator in Okeefenokee
Alligator in Okeefenokee
Alligator in Okeefenokee
As you see in these pictures, American Alligators have
lost their fear of humans in many areas where they are
protected. These alligators were photographed at the
Okeefenokee Swamp Park in Waycross, Georgia.
This Indigo Snake was one of the highlights of this trip
to the 'glades. This snake was listed as a threatened
species. Indigo snakes are very docile and easily
handled, so they were popular pets. Over-collecting
for the pet trade may have decimated the wild
population.
The yellow radiating stripes on the shell of this turtle are
characteristic of the Florida Box Turtle.