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Wednesday, December 13, 2017

December 13, 2017

Location: Marianna, Florida Caverns State Park

I too, am a female Green Anole,
Notice I'm green, I am not brown.
I can change my color whenever I like,
But the reasons why I do aren't well known.

Sources: Anole Annals - New Study on Color Change in Green Anoles

Photo and text © 2017 Dee Fairbanks Simpson

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

December 12, 2017

Location: Marianna, Florida Caverns State Park

I am a female Green Anole.
(Note the white stripe down my back.)
You can find me all over the south east,
From forests to cul de sacs.

Sources: How to Determine the Sex of a Green Anole

Photo and text © 2017 Dee Fairbanks Simpson

Monday, December 11, 2017

December 11, 2017

Location: Rockledge, Cruickshank Sanctuary

This is knowns as Pricklypear.
The white spots are a fungus.
Unfortunately, this specimen is not healthy,
And will soon no longer be among us.

Sources: Jim Stahl, on guided plant walk.

Photo and text © 2017 Dee Fairbanks Simpson

Sunday, December 10, 2017

December 10, 2017

Location: Blountstown, private residence


I am known as a Swamp Sparrow.
I'm a small songbird with red on my wings.
When I'm breeding I wear a jaunty red cap,
And a simple, slow trill's how I sing.

Sources: Cornell Lab - Swamp Sparrow


Photo and text © 2017 Dee Fairbanks Simpson

Saturday, December 9, 2017

December 9, 2017

Location: Blountstown, private residence

I am a Swamp Sparrow, mooning you.
My legs are longer than other sparrow species.
This allows me to forage in water,
So I can eat aquatic invertebrate beasties.

Sources: Cornell Labs - Swamp Sparrow

Photo and text © 2017 Dee Fairbanks Simpson

Friday, December 8, 2017

December 8, 2017

Location: Blountstown, private residence

I am a Squirrel Treefrog
I can be colored tan, brown, green, or grey.
I have big, sticky toe pads and
I'm nocturnal, you won't see me during the day.

Sources: UF Johnson Wildlife Lab - Squirrel Treefrog

Photo and text © 2017 Dee Fairbanks Simpson

Thursday, December 7, 2017

December 7, 2017

Location: Marianna, Florida Caverns State Park

I am a Suwannee Cooter.
I spend most of my life in the water.
I can lay 6 clutches of 20 eggs in a year,
And have 120 babies to call me "Mater"

Sources: Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission - Suwanee Cooter

Photo and text © 2017 Dee Fairbanks Simpson