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
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.
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
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!
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.
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
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
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
Look for Sunshine Serpents at an Event Near
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