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Orlando proper--still pretty weird

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Well, not the brown anoles--these are pretty much everywhere. Nothing weird about little brown lizards darting around everywhere you go.


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But the giant mermaid building is pretty weird.

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The penis-nosed seal painted on the building is a little weird too.

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Maybe not that weird, but I'd never seen lichen growing on a sewer grate before.

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Green anoles--probably the native species--are much more rare than the Caribbean brown ones.

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Finally got a good look at a spiny orbweaver (Gasteracantha cancriformis)! I tried back in December and had to walk through "sweethearts" (incredibly painful sand grass burrs) to get to one.

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Encountering the spider made me start scrutinizing the trees closely for more creatures. Maybe a little too closely. These Polistes sp. held their ground when I found their under leaf hideout.

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autumnfox
Sep. 11th, 2014 07:08 pm (UTC)
I saw that spider in a friend's front yard in New Jersey one time, no sweethearts required. Although I did wander into sweethearts a couple of times in Florida, they are satan's little helpers.
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