Around 9:45 PM, this good-sized beetle blundered into a garbage can. Thought it was quite pretty, so snapped a few photos before releasing it. Shell is glossy black, but reflected gold in the photos.
around 3 PM
around 3 PM
Someone please fix the taxonomy on this species.
This species is now classified as Pantherophis alleghaniensis, the Eastern Rat Snake. Commonly also known as a black rat snake. It was very weird that 'black rat snake' didn't bring up this animal in the taxonomy lookup.
Around 3 PM.
It is not possible to determine whether this is a common five-lined skink or Southeastern five-lined skink, as the distinguishing feature is the scalation on the underside of the tail, and both occur in this area.
This little guy was trapped in a bathroom, and unfortunately chose to dive under the open door as we were shooing him out - the gap must have been tight, and he decided to autotomize his tail at that point (which was something I was trying to avoid).
I got one photo of him inside the bathroom before he lost it.
Like those tiny little compsognathus from Jurassic Park.
Male and female pair.
Seedling evergreens of some sort.
Unknown broadleaf tree (new to the region, so not familiar with the vegetation yet).