Floridawild Photos & Videos

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We missed this past Monday’s #worldsnakeday but that doesn’t mean we can’t still revel in reptiles every day! 🐍Recently we spotted this water moccasin a.k.a. cottonmouth (Agkistrodon piscivorus) on the driveway behind the Center. Water moccasins are a semi-aquatic species and eat a varied diet of amphibians, lizards, smaller snakes and mammals, and especially fish which their Latin species name suggests with “piscivorus” meaning fish-eater. Typically this species inhabits areas surrounding freshwater like cypress swamps but they can also tolerate brackish environments like our estuarine mangrove forests. Regular summer rains at the Preserve form temporary freshwater pools that many species take advantage of for feeding or breeding and this water moccasin we spotted may have been traveling over land to such a pool. Although water moccasins are a venomous snake species, that doesn’t inherently make them aggressive or a threat to visitors! Like with all wild animals, observe and appreciate it from a distance so it can continue to play its important role in our ecosystems. . . . . . #agkistrodonpiscivorus #watermoccasins #cottonmouth #snakes #snakesofinstagram #reptiles #floridawildlife #keepflwild #floridawild #lovefl #weedonisland #weedonislandpreserve #stpete at Weedon Island Preserve

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Here's a neat red phase mangrove water snake from down in South Florida last trip. These snakes come in a wide variety of colors but the reds are some of my favorite! . . Follow @alexherps for more! . ... at Naples, Florida

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You know what, history. A yacht was originally used by the Dutch navy as a small boat that was meant to catch pirates. Charles II used it as his own personal vessel, and since then the word has been applied to luxury boats and are often linked to important people. 🛥 . . #floridaship . . . #flyacht #yacht #loveyacht #instayacht #loveinsta #florida #loveflorida #yachts #yachthobby #photo #photoyacht #yachtgood #goodphoto #niceyacht #lovephoto #likeyacht #moment #yachtday #yachtmoment #smile #smilewithyacht #happy #happywithyacht #happywithfl #naturefl #floridaliving #floridalife #visitflorida #floridawild at Jacksonville, Florida

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Rhesus monkeys were introduced as a touristic attraction in the Silver Springs State Park almost 100 years ago. Now they’re feral and just living in the trees by the river. They also carry a virus dangerous to people and there’s talk about removing them from the park. at Silver Springs State Park

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Don’t run away, it’s #worldsnakeday! Eastern cottonmouths are likely the most feared snake in the southeast, but also one of the most photogenic! These fish eaters have a horrible reputation of going after anything that moves, which simply isn’t true. They are an assertive snake, often standing their ground with this head-up posture or wide-open mouth to stave off potential threats, but when push comes to shove, they will turn tail and slither away from a confrontation. Show some love to our slithery friends today 🐍 💕 at Everglades

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📸@carltonward • • • • • Follow to see all the interesting stuff only on one page @qeti_chelidze_ #qetichelidze _____________________________ Coral reefs rise close to the surface in Dry Tortugas National Park, with the historic lighthouse at Loggerhead Key in the background. Seventy miles west of Key West, Florida, this lighthouse marks the tip of a Marine Protected Area where the Atlantic Ocean and Gulf of Mexico meet. Corals here remain relatively pristine compared to reefs closer to Florida's heavily developed coastlines. But no corner of the ocean is beyond the reach of plastics pollution. I share this photograph on #WorldOceansDay as a reminder of what is at stake if we don't clean up our act. Join me in signing the #planetorplastics pledge @natgeo. Shot #onassigment for @nature_org in @drytortugasnps. #Coral #reef #ocean #floridawild #keepflwild #pureflorida #lovefl

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I always thought I’d never see an owl in the wild because I usually don’t see anything unless it’s right under my nose; but this morning I heard a call, followed the noise and there he/she was 😍

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Am I in the rainforests of Central America? The ancient forests in Africa? Nope! These amazing trees are actually found in St.Pete, Florida! TRAVEL TIP: discover the area you live in! Sometimes we just can’t afford to travel abroad when we want, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t amazing things to discover in you your own home! So go out, get to know your home turf; you never know what you’ll find ✌🏼💖 . . . #discoverflorida #visitflorida #floridawild #naturalflorida #discoveryourhome #exploreyourworld #exploreyourbackyard #youneverknowwhatyoullfind #ancienttree #humbledbynature #iamtb #traveladvice #travelrepost #girlaroundworld #stpetersburgflorida #forbestravelguide #seekingtheoutdoors #livealifeofadventure #seewhatsoutthere #sheisnotlost #athomeintheworld #budgettravel #tbloglife #thattravelblog #enjoynature at Saint Petersburg, Florida

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Photo by @CarltonWard | For the past two years I have been pursuing Florida panthers with camera traps — the only reliable method for photographing them. But a few weeks ago, at Audubon's @CorkscrewSwamp, I had an encounter that I'll be talking about the rest of my life. I was driving into the backcountry and rounded a corner to see a panther sitting in the dirt road. I grabbed a telephoto lens and nervously snapped a few fuzzy frames through the windshield before rolling a little closer and pulling off to the side. The panther was still 150 yards away in harsh 3 PM light. When filmmaker Eric Bendick called, I was just watching. I whispered that I was staring at a real-life panther. The conference about our panther film would have to wait. Eric told me to take some video, and with the panther still far away in bad light, I complied, not realizing how jacked up I was until trying to hold my iPhone steady. After a few seconds of jittery self-narration, the panther started walking right towards me. When it sat back down in the road I resumed my video, but the panther started walking toward me again! I switched to my main camera, put it in silent mode and held my breath. The panther kept coming, skirting the edge of the swamp behind grass and low palms. I let the shutter rip every time it revealed itself, coming closer with every step. Then it walked within 20 yards of my truck and sat down in an island of palms directly out my window! I filled the frame with its body and looked straight into its piercing eyes! I had mistaken it for a young male by its height, but was corrected when a ruffling in the palms transformed into a kitten. When the little guy got closer, its mother stood and continued down the road. Then they vanished into a thick hammock leaving me alone with my thoughts. When I went to change the batteries in my nearby camera trap, the process felt mechanical and empty. Remote cameras are invaluable. But it’s a whole different experience when the panther is looking right back at you! I am thankful @audubonsociety for protecting this place and giving me access their land. Please join me @carltonward to follow the #PathofthePanther for @NatGeo #FloridaWild at Audubon's Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary

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Photo by our swamp guide @randolph.333 This past breeding season brought ample resources to nesting wading birds. Fish trapped in receding pools were seemingly ‘everywhere’ for these birds to collect and feed their young. Here they were caught playing and dancing in the strong breeze of winter along the Tamiami Trail. Photo by Scott Randolph. Scott’s photos and artistic prints can be seen in the Big Cypress Gallery. at Clyde Butcher Photography

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Beauty Everywhere

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Um boa noite com muita fofura!!! 😍🤠

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Today's Roamer is: @bre4king.pointe 📷 . Chosen by: @dino_rotondo . When the pioneer community living near the US Army outpost of Fort Brooke was incorporated in 1849, it was called "Tampa Town", and the name was shortened to simply "Tampa" in 1855. The etymology of the name is unclear. The word "Tampa" may have meant "sticks of fire" in the language of the Calusa, a Native American tribe that once lived south of today's Tampa Bay. . 🌴TAG #roamflorida TO BE FEATURED🌴where we share the BEAUTY and HISTORY of ☀️FLORIDA . #naplesflorida #instagram_florida #pureflorida #floridabeaches #agameoftones #visitflorida #floridawild #moodygrams #igersstpete #igerstampa #igerswestpalmbeach #igersmiami #floridalocal #iloveflorida #igersfortmyers #floridasaltfreak #northflorida #cloudzdelight #fun_in_florida #floridalife #onlyinflorida #explorida #sharealittlesunshine #exploreflorida #fllife #tampabay #stpetebeach #thelensbible #hypebeast at Tampa, Florida

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Our wilderness camp for boys is officially sold out for the week. The girls and I got to hang with these beautiful babes last week and hopefully I can track them down again with the boys! There is so much to see and so much to do in our Florida wild. We are going to have a week full of deep connection and adventure! 🐊 🦎 🐍 Our seasonal camps sell out so stay up to date with upcoming kids and coming of age programs by telling your friends and following us! The bonds the kids form with nature and each other are like no other. 🐸🐛🐉 #regenerativelivingschool #bushcraftboys #floridawild #intothewild #forageflorida #naturalkids #naturekids #earthskills #ancestralskills #primitiveskills

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This is just a yearling python—no longer than 3 feet (though some yearlings can grow larger). She was quite spirited, which is probably how she was one of the few that make it through their first year of life. Unfortunately, despite the beauty of these snakes, they cannot remain in the South Florida ecosystem once captured. • • • • • • • • • • • • • #python #burmesepython #invasive #invasives #invasivepython #soflo #southflorida #florida #floridawild #floridawildlife #flwild #flwildlife #flinvasives #nature #outdoors #outside #naturephotography #snakes #snake #snakesofinstagram #babyanimals #babysnake #wildlifephotography #teeth

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Photo by @CarltonWard // A white egret preens its breeding plumage in Everglades National Park, which was that starting point of the 2012 Florida Wildlife Corridor Expedition. Our team paddled, hiked and biked 1,000+ miles in 100 consecutive days, tracing the last remaining wildlife corridor still connecting the Everglades (southern tip of Florida) north to the Okefenokee Swamp (southern Georgia). Everglades wading bird populations have declined by more than 90 percent from their peak. Plume hunters aggressively killed wading birds in the late 1800s — as many as 5 million each year — primarily to provide feathers to decorate hats that were fashionable in America and Europe. Seeing birds hunted nearly to extinction galvanized the early environmental movement, including establishment of the modern National Audubon Society and President Roosevelt creating the first National Wildlife Refuge (Pelican Island) in 1903. Habitat loss for development and draining of wetlands have continued to challenge wading birds, but protecting more land and restoring the flow of the Everglades offers hope for recovery. My current #PathofthePanther project with @NatGeo is working to bring more attention to the Florida Wildlife Corridor through the story of the endangered Florida panther, because without protecting a wildlife corridor to the north, the panther will have no path to recovery. The clock is ticking as 1000 people move to Florida each day. Five million acres of the Corridor are projected to be lost by 2070 if development continues to sprawl on its current trajectory. Please connect with me @carltonward and please share this story so we can help save the #FloridaWildlifeCorridor. @fl_wildcorridor @insidenatgeo. #everglades #expedition #FloridaWild #KeepFLWild @audubonsociety @evergladesnps. Expedition team members: @joeguthrie8 @mallorydimmitt @filmnatureman.

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From @buschwildlife "We would like to thank everyone for the overwhelming support and donations! It truly helps us care for the animals at the Sanctuary! It's a great feeling to be apart of this amazing community. In case you were wondering what other items we need, the next slide shows a list" @thepalmbeaches @pbpost @wptv . . . Let's HELP everyone! . . #buschwildlifesanctuary #sanctuary #animalsanctuary #helpanimals #animalshelter #flwildlife #jupiterflorida #thepalmbeaches #zookeeper #wildliferehab #palmbeachgardens #wildlifephotography #photography #photoshoot #floridawild #naturegram #donations #donationsneeded #ilovejupiter #jup #junobeach #jupiterfl #pbg #WPB #palmbeachcounty #henrytaramonarealtor at Jupiter, Florida

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Golden silk orb weaver

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Vestido lindo para o dia de hoje!⠀ Façam seus pedidos: Avarejo e ATACADO!😍 ⠀ 📦 Entregamos para todo o Brasil!⠀ ✈ Site: www.lojasvinco.com.br⠀⠀⠀ Modelo: @giiprado.mbt

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