Tis the season for basking in the sun
The Sanibel-Captiva Conservation Foundation’s Wildlife and Habitat Management staff have noticed that springtime has arrived in Southwest Florida as warmer temperatures become more evident and freshwater lakes and ponds are dropping in depth while temporary wetlands have dried up. Many forms of wildlife are moving around with more frequency as they search for mates during the breeding and nesting season. The basking activity of reptiles such as turtles, lizards, snakes and crocodilians are also increased as they absorb the extra heat and vitamin D for the production of eggs. Basking sights on the island such as unvegetated banks of waterways, basking logs in the water – like at the Devitt Pond at the Bailey Homestead Preserve – and even walkways are getting more use from island wildlife.