Where: In shallow water or wet soil. Found in the deeper, more frequently inundated areas. Identification: Can be very large (8-12’ tall) Best Time of Year: Small purple flowers are always paired together on a stalk with a blooming period of June-Nov. Fun facts: AKA “Fire Flag” Easily propagated by root division Host for Brazilian Skipper caterpillar
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: Common at the waters edge. Identification: Snail varies in size from ping pong ball to baseball. Pink (exotic) & white (native) eggs deposits can be found above the water line. The larger and more common snails are the exotic, invasive species. Best Time of Year: All Fun facts: Tubular siphon allows the Apple Snail 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.
Where: in or near shallow water Identification: Black and white with extremely long legs (compared to body size). Legs are a bright pink. Best Time of Year: Fall and Winter
“Vultures — gross!” That or something similar is the typical reaction to birds that I have a growing affection for. Once you get beyond their bald heads, vultures are remarkable birds with astonishing abilities and surprising social lives. And one of the great things about being interested in vultures is that — if you live […]
Where: The double-crested cormorant is found near rivers and lakes and along the coastline. Identification: The double-crested cormorant is a large waterbird with a stocky body, long neck, medium-sized tail, webbed feet, and a medium-sized hooked bill. It has a body length of between 28–35 in long, with a wingspan of between 45–48 in). Double-crested cormorants weigh […]
Where: Open prairies and at water’s edge for drinking. Identification: Typically black (or dark) ranging in size from piglet to boar. Best Time of Year: All Fun facts: As of 2013, the estimated population of six million feral pigs causes billions of dollars in property damage every year in the United States, both in wild […]
Where: Close to fresh water. Identification: Thorax is green, males have pale blue abdomen – females don’t have blue Best Time of Year: Spring & Summer Fun Facts: The green darner is one of the largest extant dragonflies: males grow to 3.0 inches in length with a wingspan of up to 3.1 in. Adult darners […]
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.
Where: In shallow water Identification: Large pink bird with spoon-shaped bill. Best Time of Year: All Fun facts: The spoon-bill is used to forage and sift through muck for food. They present sticks to each other during courtship. Males bring materials for the nest and the female builds it. The oldest Roseate Spoonbill in Florida […]
Where: Open prairies and at water’s edge for drinking. Identification: The deer can be recognized by the characteristic white underside to its tail. It raises its tail when it is alarmed to warn the predator that it has been detected. Best Time of Year: All Fun facts: Males regrow their antlers every year, and about […]