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Derek Dykstra Santa Fe College Teaching Zoo Alumni Conservationist. Field Technician. Intern with The Rattlesnake Conservancy and Ashton Biological Preserve 🐍🐊🐢 http://www.savethebuzztails.org/
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Derek Dykstra
Easily one of my favorite native snakes!! eastern coachwhip (masticophis flagellum flagellum) 🐍
these nonvenomous snakes enjoy dry, sandy habitats and will hang out it the same areas you’ll find gopher tortoises, indigo snakes, eastern diamondbacks and pine snakes! they are arguably the fastest snake in florida and this slender bodied species can grow over 7 feet long! they are great lizard hunters and will also predate upon smaller snakes and small mammals.






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San juan shenanigans
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Prob thinkin about snakes 🐍🏔
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The long night is upon us..
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“she’s my honeycomb and i’m her sugarcane”
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Nice subadult florida cottonmouth (agkistrodon conanti)
at this stage in their life the caudal lure is almost completely gone (you can see some greenish coloration on the ventral portion of the tail) and the coloration on the snake will start to darken. right now you can still see the pattern and gorgeous rust coloration this girl has but as she gets older and matures, she will turn dark brown, almost black in color.






#snake #snakesofinstagram #snakesofig #reptile #reptilesofinstagram #wildlife #floridawildlife #venomous #venomoussnakes #agkistrodon #pitviper #nature #florida #floridanative #wildlifewarrior #conservationthrougheducation
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Derek Dykstra
Not much gets me more excited than finding an eastern diamondback in the wild! i love these animals and they need so much support! i used to see these a lot more often when i was younger and didn’t even look for them. now that i actually try to find them, they seem to be harder and harder to find. with threats like habitat loss, habitat fragmentation, road mortality and persecution from people who don’t understand these creatures, their numbers in the wild are plummeting. thankfully i get to work with an organization like @the_rattlesnake_conservancy to help protect these amazing animals!






#herping #reptile #reptilesofinstagram #snakes #snakesofflorida #snakesofinstagram #snakesofig #rattlesnake #diamondbackrattlesnake #easterndiamondback #crotalus #crotalusadamanteus #viper #pitviper #venom #venomous #conservation #conservationeducation #wildlifewarrior #floridanature #floridanative #florida #wildlife #wildlifeeducator #savethebuzztails #savethesnakes
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Some of the eggs i dug up towards the beginning of my internship are starting to hatch out!!! what a feeling! being a part of this experience is something i will never forget.






#herps #herpetology #reptiles #reptilesofinstagram #tortoise #tortoisesofinstagram #tortoisebreeder #leopardtortoise #stigmochelyspardalis #stigmochelys #intern #ashtonbiologicalpreserve #babytortoise #hatchling #wildlife #nature
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Derek Dykstra
Growing up in the backwoods of florida and working at bass pro, i have heard the phrase “the only good snake is a dead snake” a plethora of times. and people tell me all the time about all the rattlesnakes they kill.
snakes have a really bad reputation. which is unfortunate because the way people perceive these animals is based on inaccurate facts and misconstrued secondhand accounts.
the stories i hear most involve people killing rattlesnakes before the snake can “get” them or their children or pet. everyone seems to think these animals are aggressive. that they’re some monster that just slithers around looking for people to bite. that couldn’t be further from the truth.
i had the privilege of running into this gorgeous eastern diamondback a while back. me being me, i wanted to move her out so i could make an educational video. as you can hear, this snake was rattling at me, a clear sign that it felt threatened. and there i go, actually lifting up the snake and moving it. yet, it never once struck at me and as soon as i set it down it took off, wanting nothing to do with me. these snakes will stand their ground when they have too, but they really want nothing to do with people and they are most definitely not aggressive.






#snakesofinstagram #snakesofig #snake #reptile #reptilesofinstagram #rattlesnake #diamondback #diamondbackrattlesnake #easterndiamondback #crotalus #crotalusadamanteus #venom #venomous #venomoussnakes #conservation #education #conservationeducation #conservationthrougheducation #wildlifewarrior #snakesofflorida #wildlife #nature #floridanative #savethebuzztails #savethesnakes
2 88 November 2018

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Derek Dykstra
Today is steve irwin day! steve was my hero growing up. his passion and enthusiasm for conservation and wildlife inspired me (and so many others) at a young age to grow up and be a conservationist just like him. is impact us still felt to this day and i hope his passion and fire for saving the planet burns on and continues to inspire! i hope that i could be someone’s steve irwin one day. that i can connect people to wildlife and inspire others to protect our wildlife and wild places.





#steveirwinday #steveirwin #wildlifewarrior #thecrocodilehunter #khaki #wildlife #nature #conservation #conservationeducation #conservationthrougheducation #inspiration #hero #legendsneverdie #idol #naja #najapallida #spittingcobra #cobra #redspitter
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Derek Dykstra
“if we can teach people about wildlife, they will be touched. share my wildlife with me. because humans want to save things that they love.” ~ steve irwin





#wildlifewarrior #conservation #education #conservationeducation #conservationthrougheducation #snake #snakesofinstagram #snakesofig #reptile #reptilesofinstagram #python #carpetpython #morelia #wildlifeeducator #aussiepythons
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