On my last post I reblogged with photos sent to me from a facebook of someone with the same last name, similar appearance, lives in the same city and who also likes to kill snakes.
However upon further scrutiny, asking around, and new information I have found that these are not the same men that I was tipped off to. While I don’t agree with the actions of either person the second set of photos it’s not of the guy who killed the indigo. so if all who reblogged the second set would take down the modified post I’d be grateful not to cause that guy too much of a fuss even if he’s not exactly a responsible outdoorsman.
Everyone who can please take some time and report this to Florida fish and wildlife commissions (FWC) This guy killed a protected eastern indigo (drymarchon couperi) in the state of Florida. Which can lead to him serving jail time. Conservation can’t work if we got idiots like him killing indigos. The website to report him is http://m.myfwc.com/contact/wildlife-alert/ Or google FWC report.
myakka Florida. Manatee county
This, is heartbreaking.
My name is Wesley James. I live in Sarasota Florida and have been hiking Myakka State Park for as long as I’ve had legs.
I have, in 23 years, never ONCE seen a single wild indigo snake. They are not only my most favorite animal in Florida but among some of the most rare animals in the US.
The eastern indigo is critically endangered living almost exclusively in burrows of the also protected and also declining gopher tortoise(Gopherus polyphemus) which has had much of its habitat destroyed due to urban development. They are a harmless but large black colubrid, the largest in the US in fact, and often killed because of their imposing size. Anyone who has spent time with these animals knows however that they are quite docile and not inclined to bite at all. These animals are in extreme decline from all fronts due to a number of causes and unfortunately among them people who intentionally kill them. This, this akin to intentionally killing a rhino or Andean condor in terms of both rarity and ecological significance and it gets worse…
Judging from the size of this animal it’s likely to be a female. What this man has done is not only killed one single endangered animal but taken a whole possible generation of offspring. Females of snakes are not only important for birthing new generations but often much less common than males. In populations of certain species the ratio can be 10 to 1 and in extreme cases (certain garters) 100+ to 1. Taking a female out of the wild could prove potentially fatal to an entire local population.
Please, even if you are not fond of snakes, if you love animals understand that what this person has done is terrible, illegal, and damages both this species and the environment that it lives in. I love these animals, I love them with all my heart and the fact that this makes it that much less likely to see one hurts like losing a friend. I have several contacts in the Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission and will be reporting this but if you could please share to spread awareness about this species I would be extremely grateful.
Thank you. -Wes.
One thing I love about scorpions is that nearly all species are florescent white or yellow under ultraviolet light.
This species (Centruroides hentzi) from Florida it normally a dull brown and orange but reflects a bright pale yellow under UV.
Recently came across two of these little guys (Centruroides hentzi) or -Florida striped scorpion.
These guys are still not half grown yet but I’m looking forward to studying them and watching them get bigger. I may have come across a male and female because I found them near each other on the same tree. Hopefully we get some babies!
The rain brings out some great fungi this time of year.
Anyone know what species this is?
Location- Southwest Florida.
nikki31 said: You're in Florida right? Do you ever worry about alligators while kayaking around? I'm on the southeast side of the state, and it kinda freaks me out a little bit to see them so close to me in the water. But also, my kayak is inflatable, so....
haha well maybe if I was in an inflatable but the truth is in a kayak we are quite large and look nothing like their prey.
I’ve been within inches of gators in my kayak and never once had one act aggressively. Alligators aren’t nearly as agro as things like saltwater and Nile crocs. They always run or submerge whenever I have approached them. The only real danger is in alligators that have been fed by and are used to humans. They only see us as a food source if we give food to them. In that scenario I’d be weary but they’re real quick to get out of your way :)
Here’s a throwback for ya,
So I get asked a lot by people, most often women. “Why on earth would someone want to gain weight?!” Well…. for those I didn’t know before I started lifting, or those who think I have a “gifted” body here you go-
The picture in the far left is me at the severely underweight 145lbs, and for a 6’1” male that is not just skinny, that’s unhealthy. Between the ages of 16 and 19 I was struggling with severe depression and lost nearly 30lbs from not eating enough or doing much of anything.
I finally started to gain a little back from eating better but it wasn’t until my friend Mark (pictured left) decided to train me that I really became motivated. It was a long, painful, and constant struggle to keep weight on but in a little over 2 years i gained nearly 40lbs, 90% of which was muscle. I went from benching barely 60lbs to over 235 in that time. Eating 3,000+ calories a day, working out 4 days a week, and constantly pushing myself. Forcing myself to do this natural, turning down steroids while I watched my peers abuse them and cheat their way up there. Having to listen to people give me flack about being “lucky” to be skinny, and criticize me for trying to feel good about myself. Despite my metabolism and having a genetic disease that weakens my connective tissue, I managed to for the first time in my life gain a body that I could be proud of. I didn’t just gain “weight” I gained mass, muscle, strength. I got a body that could do and move so much more than before, and while I’ve been out of the game for a bit, and while it’s still a struggle to keep pounds on I have proven to myself that I can do this. I only get one body, and I want to make it as capable as I can while it’s here.
Me-Trying not to sound inescapably southern.