Critters in Myrtle Glen

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a lonely opossum on its nightly stroll

Thought for the weekend

I walk a lonely road The only one that I have ever known Don't know where it goes But it's only me, and I walk alone My shadow's the only one that walks beside me My shallow heart's the only thing that's beating Sometimes I wish someone out there will find me Till then I walk alone I walk alone, I walk alone I walk alone..... [Green Day] This little dude walked by late at night, I can't help but wonder if its Georgie

Common House Gecko

Waiting for 14 years

Yes, 14 years for this little guy to move to Myrtle Glen! We always had the Common House Gecko around where ever we lived in Florida. But strangely, none showed up when we moved here. There were a few blue-tailed skinks and anoles, but no gecko. I love geckos, they are so adorable. I can only hope this one sticks around and calls his friends over. This gecko is not a Florida native, my best guess, it is the Indo-Pacific Gecko - Hemidactylus garnotii. Geckos are nocturnal, moon lizards, they…

Opossum in the grill's coal bin

BBQ possum anyone?

Blogging in Myrtle Glen, a backyard wildlife habitat in central florida. pictures of plants growing well in east Orlando area, garden for wildlife.

Blogging in Myrtle Glen: And the Invasion can begin...

And the Invasion can begin...

After nine long years of no squirrels, I finally have a squirrel pair living in Myrtle Glen. For several weeks there was only the squirrely-girlie watching me, following me along in the myrtle branches while I did my garden walks and I was waiting every day to see another. I like squirrels, we had them living in our previous yards and we always got along just fine. Ah yes, there were the occasional difference in opinion on what is squirrel food or collector plant, but seriously, this is not…

baby brown snake?

Blogging in Myrtle Glen, a central Florida gardening journal

Blogging in Myrtle Glen, a backyard wildlife habitat in central florida. pictures of plants growing well in east Orlando area, garden for wildlife.

Baby brown snake

Blogging in Myrtle Glen, a central Florida gardening journal

Blogging in Myrtle Glen, a backyard wildlife habitat in central florida. pictures of plants growing well in east Orlando area, garden for wildlife.

baby brown snake?

Blogging in Myrtle Glen, a central Florida gardening journal

Blogging in Myrtle Glen, a backyard wildlife habitat in central florida. pictures of plants growing well in east Orlando area, garden for wildlife.

young raccoon, Sleeping the day away

Wildlife

Animals we observed visiting and living in Myrtle Glen, a backyard wildlife habitat in Central Florida

young raccoon up in the palm tree

Blogging in Myrtle Glen, a central Florida gardening journal

Blogging in Myrtle Glen, a backyard wildlife habitat in central florida. pictures of plants growing well in east Orlando area, garden for wildlife.

Armadillo, hiding under the pot stairs

Wildlife

Animals we observed visiting and living in Myrtle Glen, a backyard wildlife habitat in Central Florida

Armadillo

make 'em sneeze

Weekly Gardening Tip To 'evict' Armadillos from your yard, toss ground black pepper into their burrows. Don't be cheap, add a handful of it ;-) Wait a few days and close the burrow with soil. Armadillo, caught to take a closer look

opossum, accidentally caught

Our Resident Opossum

The Opossum, North America's only marsupial, a fun animal to have in the yard! I am reading opossums are smart, smarter than dogs, but I'm thinking it is not too smart since it wanders often in our large trap (we have this trap set up for raccoons visiting our koi pond) ... or maybe it IS smart enough to know it gets a yummy treat and will be let go early in the morning ;-) Just look at those toes and nails. Opossums have thumbs on their hind feet as well. Nature's sanitation workers, they…

Florida box turtle (Terrapene carolina bauri)

Wildlife

Animals we observed visiting and living in Myrtle Glen, a backyard wildlife habitat in Central Florida

Florida native Apple Snail laying eggs

Florida Native Apple Snail (Pomacea paludosa)

The largest fresh water snail in North America found in wetlands throughout the State. Florida native apple snail Apple snails are herbivorous, preferring soft vegetation but will also feed on dead animals (dead fish, frogs, insects) The Florida native apple snail is an important food source of the endangered Everglades kites, but they are also on the menu for other birds, raccoons, otters, turtles and ducks. The native apple snail is considered beneficial, compared to three introduced apple…

our first 'resident' squirrel, living high up in the palm tree in the back of the garden

Wildlife

Animals we observed visiting and living in Myrtle Glen, a backyard wildlife habitat in Central Florida

Yellow Belly Slider (Rachemys scripta)

Wildlife

Animals we observed visiting and living in Myrtle Glen, a backyard wildlife habitat in Central Florida