Photography of Daniel Parker of Sunshine Serpents appears in new book

Amphibians and Reptiles of Sanibel and Captiva Islands, Florida: A Natural History was written by retired sea turtle biologist Charles LeBuff and herpetologist Chris Lechowicz of the Sanibel-Captiva Conservation Foundation.  This title summarizes more than a fifty-year study of the herpetofauna of Southwest Florida and in particular the two famous barrier islands. All amphibians and reptiles that have been documented on Sanibel and Captiva islands are included and a four-species supplemental list is appended for historical purposes.

The authors called on Bill Love and Daniel Parker, both well-known herpetological photographers, to photograph animals for their book. Both men contributed their finest work and the result is remarkable. Other professionals also offered images to ensure the completeness of this book. For example: Images of the frogs and toads include the larval stages of each (their tadpoles); hatchling turtles (including the five local sea turtle species) are included with the adults in their respective species account; neonate snakes that undergo pattern or color changes as they become adults are also represented.

Amphibians and Reptiles of Sanibel and Captiva Islands, Florida: A Natural History

Amphibians and Reptiles of Sanibel and Captiva Islands, Florida

Totally unlike contemporary books on the subject, the authors do not consider their title to be an ordinary field guide, but a readable reference book that brings history and biology into perspective. Amphibians and Reptiles of Sanibel and Captiva Islands Florida: A Natural History is a crowning achievement for the authors and a major contribution to the herpetology of Florida. According to LeBuff, "This is unlike any book I have in my library. Chris and I worked hard to make it that way and put it on the leading edge of amphibian and reptile books. As anyone who knows our work can imagine, it contains much information on sea turtles, crocodilians, venomous snakes, and environmental changes."

The book has been published using the flexi-bound cover format with four-inch cover flaps and endsheets. It contains 118 color plates, 20 colored range maps, 7 color and black and white historical illustrations, Glossary, Notes, Bibiography (2), and Index (2), and measures 7.75 by 10.25 inches.

Books signed by the authors are available for $29.95. Email sunshineserpents@gmail.com to order.

 

Sunshine Serpents Collaborates in Production of Award Winning Wildlife Documentary

In 2010 we worked on the production of the Passion Pictures film My Life as a Turkey.  We provided and handled animals for filming. As the filming progressed, we were allowed to help create shots and scenes. We also helped with production assistant and technician duties. Our work with Passion Pictures helped to produce a work that we are all very proud of.

My Life as a Turkey was based on the book Illumination in the Flatwoods by Joe Hutto. The film  premiered in 2011 in the UK on BBC (season 30 of the series Natural World, August 1) and in the US on PBS (season 30 of the series Nature, November 16). It won an Emmy Award for Outstanding Nature Programming. The film also won the award for Best Writing (Joe Hutto and David Allen) at the Jackson Hole Wildlife Film Festival.

When you watch the full film, keep an eye out for "Special Thanks to Daniel Parker" in the closing credits.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sunshine Serpents Produces Rare Two-Headed Snake

Below: The highlight of our 2011 hatching season is this beautiful bicephalic (two-headed) albino Honduran milk snake (Lampropeltis triangulum hondurensis). In this clutch, we also got twins out of the same egg, so we actually got nine heads out of seven eggs!

Click here for news story at Foxnews.com

 

Visitsouth.com Gives Wildlife Tour Rave Review

In the Summer of 2011, we had an opportunity to get out in the field with Suzanna Mars of visitsouth.com. She did a nice write up on her experience on a Sunshine Serpents Wildlife Tour. On her facebook page she made this update:

"Writing about Daniel Parker of Sunshine Serpents! His wildlife tour was the best thing I have done in Florida. Cannot recommend highly enough."

 

Florida Field Research and Conservation

We have collected numerous specimens and provided data to Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) and Florida Musuem of Natural History for the Atlas of Amphibians and Reptiles in Florida. View in online magazine version or download at the links below.

Atlas of Amphibians and Reptiles in Florida-Online Magazine Version

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In the past, we have helped out on research and conservation projects including "Newtfest" and the Florida Herp Atlas Project. In "Newtfest," we sampled ponds for rare amphibians like the striped newt and gopher frog.

From 2011 to 2014, we worked on a research project for University of Central Florida (UCF) to document the impacts of vehicular traffic on wildlife on a busy Central Florida highway. We worked with herps and other interesting wildlife species like the Florida black bear.

We are currently helping FWC biologists with collecting DNA samples of aquatic salamanders. When the DNA is sequenced, it could reveal new cryptic species.  In the past, DNA samples of indigo snakes from specimens that we collected helped biologists in the description of a new species, the Gulf Coast indigo snake.

 

 

Look for Sunshine Serpents at an Event Near You

Sunshine Serpents has traveled all over the country for various reptile related events including parts of the Repticon and NARBC shows circuits and Herpetological Society meetings. We have had the pleasure of meeting many of you on the way. On the road we have had the opportunity to do lots of tromping around in the field and have amassed an impressive catalog of photographs.

Events

 

February 6 2020

Calusa Herpetological Society of Southwest Florida

Daniel Parker of Sunshine Serpents-Speaker

 

Daniel Parker of Sunshine Serpents will speak on:

The Tiny Turtles-Field Observations and Captive Maintenance of Mud and Musk Turtles

 

Calusa Nature Center and Planetarium

3450 Ortiz Ave

Fort Myers FL 33905

 

Calusa Herp Society

 

May 2 2019

Calusa Herpetological Society of Southwest Florida

Daniel Parker of Sunshine Serpents-Speaker

 

Daniel Parker of Sunshine Serpents will speak on:

Field Herping Adventures on Florida's Nature Coast

 

Calusa Nature Center and Planetarium

3450 Ortiz Ave

Fort Myers FL 33905

 

Calusa Herp Society

 

 

July 7 2018

Chicago Herpetological Society

Daniel Parker of Sunshine Serpents-Speaker

 

Daniel Parker of Sunshine Serpents will speak on:

The Road and the Forest-The wildlife of a historic natural area in Central Florida and the road that divides it

 

Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum

2430 N Cannon Dr

Chicago, IL 60614

 

Chicago Herp Society Logo

 

February 1 2018

Calusa Herpetological Society of Southwest Florida

Daniel Parker of Sunshine Serpents-Speaker

 

Daniel Parker of Sunshine Serpents will speak on:

Field Herping Adventures in South Florida

 

Calusa Nature Center and Planetarium

3450 Ortiz Ave

Fort Myers FL 33905

 

Calusa Herp Society

 

 

August 15, 2014

National Reptile Breeders Expo Turtle Night

Daniel Parker of Sunshine Serpents-Speaker

 

Daytona Beach Hilton

100 North Atlantic Ave

Daytona Beach, FL 32118

 

Daniel Parker of Sunshine Serpents will speak on The North American Box Turtles Genus: Terrapene

 

August 16-17, 2014

National Reptile Breeders Expo

 

Ocean Center

101 North Atlantic Ave

Daytona Beach, FL 32118

 

Visit the Sunshine Serpents table at one of the largest reptile events in the world.

 

 

 

July 31-August 1 2013

International Herpetological Symposium

Daniel Parker of Sunshine Serpents-Speaker

 

Daniel Parker of Sunshine Serpents will speak on:

The Box Turtles of the genus Terrapene

 

Astor Crown Plaza Mission Inn Hotel and Spa

3649 Mission Inn Ave

Riverside, CA 92501

 

IHS

 

 

 

Daniel Parker and Lisa Parker of Sunshine Serpents

 

 

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