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Earlier this month I took advantage of a day when the wind died down a bit to go out to Tiger Bay State Forest the week before hunting season started. My main purpose, other than to just get out in the woods, was to try and find some more of the manatee tree snails that we spotted last month during the National Trails Festival hike and make some more photographs of them.
Looking under nearly every saw palmetto frond that I passed, I failed at the treesnail search, but I did spot this green anole that posed nicely for me. Green anole Fifteen or twenty years ago I would only see these Florida native anoles in very remote wild places. But they appear to be making a comeback and are now once again seen more frequently both in the wild and in more human populated areas. I even saw one in our yard recently, where we normally only see the non-native brown anoles or the invasive Mediterranean geckos. Of the 7 or 8 species of Anoles found in Florida, the green anole is the only undisputed native.
Apparently this resurgence is at least partly due to the anole's rapid evolutionary changes that allowed them to better survive off the ground in trees and bushes where they had less competition from the increasingly abundant brown anoles. Increased size of the toe pad on the longest toe has been documented and helps the anoles thrive in a life off the ground. You can read more about these changes and the study in this Orlando Sentinel article.
The green anole was not the only nice subject for the day. I also spotted a nest of paper wasps on a palmetto frond and an arrowhead spider, also known as the triangle orbweaver.
Paper Wasps on Nest
Interesting plants that were flowering included blue curls, tall jointweed and a Smilax, commonly known as greenbriar.
Tall Jointweed Flowers
Holiday Specials and shipping deadlines for Paul Rebmann Nature Photography
There are several one-day discounts coming up, including:
25% Off All Tote Bags, Zip Pouches, Coffee Mugs, Spiral Notebooks & Yoga Mats - today only ending at midnight (EST) Thursday, Nov. 29.
Other upcoming specials:
On Monday Dec. 3 - 25% Off Wall Art (Canvas Prints, Framed Prints, Posters, Wood Prints, Metal Prints, Acrylic Prints, and Tapestries)
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On Fri. Dec. 7 - 25% Off Phone Cases
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There are no Paul Rebmann Nature Photography events scheduled for the rest of 2018
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