There are fish and snakes in the stormwater runoff pond behind the hotel. I didn't realize the multitude of fish there until one day when the light was just right to add clarity to the murky water. Thereafter I noticed fish on nearly every visit. I didn't start noticing snakes until the water level went really low.
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This was the first time I noticed fish in the pond. How did I miss all these swimmers on past visits?
Bluegill - a member of the sunfish family.
A side view of the colorful bluegill.
Probably another bluegill.
These may be tiny bluegills. They're eating something which was floating in the water.
Brown bullhead catfish. The story is someone tossed this into the pond several years ago and it continues to grow.
These two were watching me. As I moved along the fenceline at the top of the hillside, they moved in the water in the same direction and stopped when I did. I didn't realize fish could see that far!
Apparently the catfish are reproducing. All the little black specks are baby catfish.
The little ones seem to like the bread someone threw into the water.
A closer view of the young catfish.
This is a Florida banded water snake. It's over 3 foot long and several inches in diameter, but it's more than happy to leave you alone if you leave it alone.
This is a young water moccasin.
I guestimated it to be about 1.5 foot long and less than an inch in diameter.
Had I not seen the snake on the open water (prior photo), I probably would not have noticed it to capture this image.
All photos © S. M. Garver