Where: Live in freshwater environments: ponds, marshes, wetlands, rivers, lakes, swamps, brackish environments Identification: Looks like a crocodile! Best Time of Year: All Fun facts: Alligators in wetlands increase plant diversity and create habitats for other animals during droughts. They prefer slower moving water (i.e. swamps, rivers). Alligators are able to see in low light areas. The special structure called tapetum lucidum, […]
Where: Everywhere, particularly on trees Identification: 3-6 inch lizard, wide color range Best Time of Year: Any Fun facts: The exotic brown anole has driven the native green anole higher up in the trees to eat and live. Florida is home to two special lizards, the Green Anole and Brown Anole. Their names refer to […]
Where: In shallow water Identification: Coloration varies from light brown to reddish-black. Frequently mistaken for Copperheads, Cottonmouths, or other venomous water snakes. Best Time of Year: All Fun facts: Non-venomous. Eats fish and frogs. Ovoviviparous- meaning they give birth to live young. Able to emit a foul-smelling odor if disturbed.
The black racer is one of the more common constrictor snakes in Florida and is identifiable by its white chin. They will eat almost any animal they can overpower, including, rodents, frogs, toads, and lizards, and the racer is more likely to suffocate or crush its victim into the ground rather than coiling around it. They […]
It comes as no surprise that the Florida Cooter is the most frequently seen turtle in Florida. This turtle, sometimes confused with the Peninsula Cooter and River Cooter, can also be found throughout the Southeastern Coastal Plain, from Virginia to Alabama. They enjoy the slow-moving rivers, ponds, swamps, and lakes with soft bottoms and abundant […]
Where: Prefers the still waters of ponds, streams, lakes, and swamps. Identification: The Florida softshell turtle is dark brown to olive green with a leathery shell and a cream-colored underside. It has a long neck and an elongated head with a long snorkel-like nose. Best Time of Year: All Fun facts: Almost entirely aquatic, only […]
Where: Often found basking on the banks of lakes and ponds. Identification: Distinct yellow stripes on head – often mistaken for sliders, which have a red stripe.