This page contains cats, frogs, opposums, squirrels, toads, and an unknown shell.

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The Marine Toad is the largest of the frogs and toads in Florida. It's native to Central and South America.
[This three-toed toad rests on the sidewalk. It has gold and orange coloring on its bumps and around its eyes. Its underbody is buff colored.]

This appears to be a young Southern Toad.
[Two photos spliced together. The one on the left is the toad facing the camera while supported on its very skinny front legs. The toad is shades of brown and tan(across its parotid glands) with black spots scattered across its skin. The black spots each contain a couple of reddish warts. The photo on the right is the toad facing away from the camera.]

A green tree frog on the move.
[The frog is climbing up the side of the siding on the hotel. The image is taken from below the frog, so its hindside is mostly visible. Its legs are blurred from its motion.]

The frog stopped to eye the distance to the tree across the sidewalk.
[The pads on its feet are securely attached to the building as its head and body are lifted exposing its left side. There is a rim of yellow color around its dark eye. Its upper half is green, but the lower half looks to be cream color.]

This Cuban treefrog was climbing the window of my room. Its bumpy skin and large toe pads helped me identify it. Its small size leads me to believe its a young frog.
[This is a partial side view and underside view of the frog stuck to the very top of the window pane. One dark eye surrounded by orange-brown lids is visible. The skin has a lot of very small bumps across the top. The webbing is visible on one back foot.]

Eastern grey squirrel.
[Squirrel is crawling on fours down a tree branch. Its tail is resting along its back and backside. The body is brown and white, but the tail appears to be grey.]

Another Eastern grey squirrel.
[Squirrel is crawling on fours down a tree branch. Its tail is resting along its back and backside. The body is brown and white, but the tail appears to be grey.]

The Virginia Opposum (common opossum) usually came to visit the pond right around dawn and was a quick mover so I had to take this image through the window in poor lighting.
[A grey-bodied animal with a white head with black eyes and ears wanders through the greenery on the ground.]

I noticed this shell atop a hillside near one of the stormwater drainage canals. I've not yet been able to identify what creature once lived in it.
[Two photos spliced together. The one on the left is a front view of the spirals as they increase. The shell is mostly grey with thin dark stripes which go around the circumference of the shell. There is one wide tan section. The entire shell seems to have a glaze over it which is chipped or missing in places; not sure if it was original to the shell or sap from trees overhead. The photo on the right is a top down view with the think dark stripes more prominently displayed.]

River otter swimming quickly away from me in the stormwater drainage canal.
[The otter is plowing through the water from right to left creating a deep wake. The upper half of its head and the very top of its back is above the water, so its left eye, nostril, and ear are visible. The fur has a light and dark brown striped appearance down the length of its body.]

The otter definitely saw me walking along the canal because it changed direction and found an opening in the face to scoot to the other side (image on the right).
Even discounting the length of its tail, it's a big otter.
[Two images spliced together. The image on the left is the otter on the same side of the fence as the photographer. It is parallel to the fence with its head down to the ground. Its body size is similar to a medium-small dog except it has very short legs. The head faces the camera and its small arched ears are visible. The photo on the right is the otter in the distance on the other side of the fence. Its body length, including the tail, seem to be the same distance in length as the distance between the fence posts. It has its head up.]

This otter stopped to munch its fish. After a few bites, it continued swimming the channel with the fish in its mouth.
(Yes, there are fish that big in the stormwater channels.)
[Otter has stepped completely out of the water and has its head turned toward the camera with the long light-colored whiskers on the right side of its face visible against the backdrop of its dark fur. The otter's mouth is open enough to expose its front teeth and the tail end of a fish is wedged in the back left side of the otter's mouth. The fish hangs down from the otter's mouth with the head of the fish on the ground.]

Quite a few feral cats in the area although some may have been pets let loose.
This feral cat seemed to be thrilled I was taking its photo.
[This brownish cat sits atop a wooden post with its tail curled around its legs. It looks directly into the camera with its head tilted slightly down and cocked slightly to one side.]

I often saw this tiger-striped cat near the pond into which this pipe drains.
[A light-blue pipe surrounded by a concrete section sits at the bottom of a hillside. The cat is in the pipe so only its head is visible as it looks toward the camera.]

This white cat visited quite a few times for several months.
Here he is sneaking away after backing out of the hole in the ground in the next photo.
[An all white cat walks through the sparse grass from right to left in a somewhat crouched position.]

This is the hole from which I saw the cat emerge tail first.
It's possible there were baby nutria somewhere in the caverns to which this leads. Normal water levels would have this area completed submerged.
[A dirt hole into the hillside about six inches above the water line. There is various green vegetation covering the ground.]

I was surprised the Florida softshell who'd come out of the water to lay eggs didn't seem fazed by the presence of the cat.
The cat stayed there for a while then wandered away from the turtle.
[A zoomed out view of the same cat showing the large female turtle about five feet away from the cat. This turtle's shell is approximately 18 inches in diameter.]

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