Floridian Wildlife

Discovering new wildlife in our backyard is a whole lot of fun; maybe even more fun than marveling at the endearing Southern accents and social etiquettes of Floridians (I still get all flustered when people address me as “ma’am”).

There are cute brown anoles (I think people might just call them house lizards?) hanging around all the time, doing their lizard parkour on the sides of buildings and on bicycle wheels. Turtles come in all shapes and sizes and are plentiful in the lakes.

Basking turtle (probably hungry and looking for food)

This cute little guy was checking us out (probably hungry and looking for food)

We also see flocks of water birds fly over from time to time. They hang out around the lakes and marshlands, looking fanciful with their long necks.

Tri-coloured Heron, looking pensive

Tri-coloured Heron, looking pensive

There are two resident squirrels that live on our apartment grounds. They come out every morning to forage and chase each other around. Naturally, we went a little crazy and bought a giant block of “Squirrel Cake” that we found at Lowe’s, which basically consisted of corn kernels, peanuts, and sunflower seeds.

We wanted to make new friends and Squirrel Cake was obviously the best way of enticing the squirrels to come onto our balcony. If I were a squirrel, I would want to eat Squirrel Cake. It sounds devine.

Squirrel parkour

Squirrel parkour

Unfortunately they never came, and ultimately, we resorted to throwing handfuls of Squirrel Cake every other day at the squirrels from our 3rd floor balcony, while yelling “EAT IT! EAT IT!”

Our neighbours must tell their friends horror stories about the crazy couple in their apartment complex who periodically throw corn at the cute and innocent squirrels.

Or the crazy couple that ran downstairs late one night to follow an opossum around the shared garden area.

Or the crazy couple that talk to the house lizards living in the shrubs while encouraging them to “open up their orange flappy neck bits”.

Yes, all of that was us. We regret nothing.

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