Wildlife In The State Of Florida: Photos Of Some Of The Most Common Wild Animals Seen In Florida

The Florida Panther
The Florida Panther

Did you ever think there is wild life in south Florida? I never did. Wikipedia says there are currently 98 different species of wild life that live in Florida. I’m not going into all the different species that we share this land called Florida, they are too many.

The Habitat For A Lot Of Wild Animals Have Been Destroyed

I had never been to Florida until 1965 when my late husband decided to come here to set up his Veterinary practice. So, I was in for some surprises! When we first arrived, there were many flower farms and dairies here. Since that time, our area has been “discovered”. Big housing developments came in and bought up the flower farms and the dairies to build communities. In the process of doing this, the habitat of the wild animals and reptiles that called this area home has been destroyed.

The Florida Bobcat

The Florida Bobcat
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Bobcats

People who live in some of these “exclusive” neighborhoods are quite surprised to look out over their golf course and see a Florida Bobcat standing there just looking back at them. They are not aggressive to people. They are just out looking for a free lunch. Bobcats still live in Florida.They can be a nuisance, especially to those people who like to raise chickens. They are a big, beautiful cat.

Florida Alligator

The Florida Alligator
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Alligators In Florida

People who have purchased homes along the man-made ponds are sometimes amazed to see an Alligator sunning himself on the banks. Many a small dog has been a meal for one of these hungry reptiles. I had never seen an Alligator before until one sunny morning I went outside to hang the laundry on the line. Right in my path was a huge Alligator quietly taking a nap in the sun. I put down the laundry basket, went inside the house, and got my broom. Not knowing the potential danger, I began to hit the Alligator on the back. I wanted him to get out of my way and go back to the pond. Fortunately for me, he woke up and ran to the pond. I had no idea they could run so fast. I’m told they have speeds up to 30 miles per hour! When I told my husband later about my experience, he advised me not to ever hit an Alligator again: just leave him alone! If he had turned on me, there was no way I could have outrun him.

Florida Deer

Florida Deer
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Deer In Florida

We have an Interstate Highway I-95 that runs through our county. Right after it was built, about 15 years ago, deer would run across, and drivers had to be very careful not to hit them. That would cause a terrible accident. The poor deer were just trying to get back to their home that was displaced by the highway. We sometimes will still see a deer standing on the side of the interstate. Fences have been erected along the interstate, so there is no chance of them running onto the highway, thank goodness.

Florida Panther

The Florida Panther.
The Florida Panther. | Source

The Florida Panther

At one time Florida was home to the Panther. Now, they are almost extinct. Only about 100 remain in the state. That’s too bad, because they are a beautiful animal.

Florida Raccoon

The Florida Raccoon.  Don't go near these because they could be rabid!
The Florida Raccoon. Don't go near these because they could be rabid! | Source

We Have Lots Of Raccoons!

We have lots and lots of Raccoons! These interesting and very pretty animals seem to be everywhere. If you leave your garbage out at night, be prepared to have a mess strewn all over your yard the next day. I have watched them open a Pizza box with their “fingers” and take out every crumb. I watch them from a healthy distance because they can carry Rabies.

I try to grab my camera and take some photos of them!

The Skunk Is A Pretty Animal

The Skunk is very pretty, but don't get too close.  You will be sorry you did!
The Skunk is very pretty, but don't get too close. You will be sorry you did! | Source

We Have Skunks, Too

We have Skunks, too. You can’t mistake the odor from them. They emit this terrible odor from musk glands, and can spray up to 15 feet. I’ve had my nosey and curious dogs sprayed before by them. It takes a trip to the Veterinarian to get rid of the odor. Awful!

Oppossum

The Oppossum
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The Opossum

The Opossum is an animal that can be a real pest. They like to dig up yards. They are found mostly in wooded areas, but can invade residential areas. They had a long prehensile tail used for grasping around tree branches. When threatened, they play dead. I think they are really ugly creatures that only a Mother could love.

The Armadillo

He uses these claws for digging burrows
He uses these claws for digging burrows | Source

The Armadillo

Speaking of animals that only a Mother could love: The Armadillo falls into that category. These animals were introduced into Florida in the early 1900’s. I don’t think anyone knows who brought them into our state, but here they are. Armadillo is Spanish for “little armored one”. They have nine bands of plates that cover their body, and 12 bands that cover their long tail. They are nocturnal which is good because unless you are a night owl, you are not likely to see one. I actually saw one in my yard digging away at the crack of dawn. He was looking for breakfast of insects. As soon as he saw me, he quickly burrowed into the ground. They have poor eyesight, and cars hit a lot of them as they slowly make their way across the road. People around here say they are the “hillbilly speed bump”!

The Armadillo

The Armadillo.  I think he is an ugly animal.
The Armadillo. I think he is an ugly animal. | Source

Mama Loggerhead Is Coming Onshore To Lay Her Eggs

This Mama Loggerhead is coming onshore to lay her eggs in the sand.
This Mama Loggerhead is coming onshore to lay her eggs in the sand. | Source

The Loggerhead Is Laying Her Eggs

The Loggerhead has started to lay her eggs.  These eggs are protected, so please don't touch them.
The Loggerhead has started to lay her eggs. These eggs are protected, so please don't touch them. | Source

The Loggerhead Turtle

The Loggerhead Turtle comes to our beaches to lay their eggs. These huge turtles weigh around 250 pounds. I understand the female always goes back to the same place she was hatched to lay her eggs. This is really a sight to watch. We have guided Loggerhead tours so people can go out on the beach to watch these marvelous creatures come up onto the beach and lay their eggs. The eggs are protected by law from poachers. She will lay eggs every two to three years. First, they use their flippers to dig a big hole, and then they proceed to drop their eggs into the hole. As she lays her eggs, big tears run from her eyes. No one seems to know why. They carefully fill the hole with sand, and then the Mother returns to the sea. Depending on the warmth from the sun, the hatchings will come out of their shells in 45 to 55 days. They quickly try to get into the sea before a predator grabs them. A very small number make it into the sea. The babies follow light, so when it is the season for the babies to be hatched, no lights are allowed on the beach.

Baby Loggerhead Turtles Are Trying To Make It To The Sea

Only a small number of these baby Loggerhead Turtles will make it out to sea.
Only a small number of these baby Loggerhead Turtles will make it out to sea. | Source

The Florida Snapping Turtle

The Florida Snapping Turtle.  Beware!  Once they grab your finger, they will not let go.
The Florida Snapping Turtle. Beware! Once they grab your finger, they will not let go. | Source

The Snapping Turtle

We have a lot of different species of Turtles that live here. There is one, the Snapping Turtle that we stay away from. They have strong jaws, and once they latch onto something, they won’t turn loose! If we are in doubt, we put a stick near the turtle’s mouth: if it’s a Snapper, we know right away.

The Unafraid Turtle Is Coming My Way

The Gopher Turtle is very common in Florida.
The Gopher Turtle is very common in Florida. | Source

He's A Big Turtle!

This big Gopher Turtle was making its way through my yard.
This big Gopher Turtle was making its way through my yard. | Source

The Gopher Turtle

The common Florida Turtle is seen sometimes crossing a road to get to the other side, of course. Caring drivers will sometimes pull over and help the slow moving guy get across. When we are in a dry season, the turtles come out of the woods looking for water. One day my little dog, Baby, was barking very loud. I knew something was up. Sure enough, right outside the fenced yard, was this big Turtle. I think he is a Gopher, but I’m not really sure. I ran for the camera. I took a picture of him coming in my direction. He seemed aggressive, which I thought unusual for a Turtle. I took his picture and make a quick exit to leave him alone. He was quite large. I should have got a yardstick to show how big he was. I’d guess he was 24 inches across. I watched him as he slowly made his way to some standing water in the ditch, where he got his drink of water.

The Manatee Or Sea Cow

The Florida Manatee
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The Florida Manatee

The Florida Manatee is a slow swimming creature. It is related to the Elephant. They are called “The Gentle Cow”. They like to swim in the warm waters of our rivers and canals. They grow to about 10 to 12 feet in length and can weigh up to 1,800 pounds. Their life span is about 60 years. Their lives are cut short sometimes by boat propellers. Some of them bear the scars where they were hit by a boat propeller. In the waters known to be inhabited by Manatees, there are warnings to boaters to slow down.

The Wild Boar

A Wild Boar.  I do NOT want to see one of these dangerous animals!
A Wild Boar. I do NOT want to see one of these dangerous animals! | Source

Wild Boars In Florida

Wild Boars are big, ferocious animals. They are hunted extensively in Florida. These animals do a lot of damage to crops because they “root” with their noses and tear up the crops. Hunting them is allowed throughout the state with no restrictions. Hunters use dogs to catch the hogs and then hold them down until the hunter can come and shoot them. In our Veterinary practice, we would see dogs that have been severely injured by these hogs. They have very sharp front teeth capable of tearing into flesh. People who like to eat wild boar prefer to kill them with a bow and arrow and crossbows because they say that when the boar is frightened by the dogs, the meat tastes bad due to the adrenalin levels the boar releases. I have personally never seen a wild boar, and I can’t say that I really want to see one, either.

So Many Of The Wildlife Have Lost Their Homes

Don’t think of the Sunshine State as being only white, sandy beaches and tourists. You can still see wildlife here. So many of these animals have lost their homes due to land development and humans encroaching onto their property. We have to remember that this land was their land long before we invaded it. We have to respect the animals, and leave those that remain alone to live alongside us humans.

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rebeccamealey 4 years ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA

What a great Hub, Mary. You are so right about man encroaching on their territory. We need to protect our wild life, it is all about that food web. And the turtles have such a hard time surviving. And That is too funny about you swatting that alligator with a broom!


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Alastar Packer 4 years ago from North Carolina

Mary i interviewed a fellow for hubpages who grew up on the Georgia Florida line and he stated that a black-coated strain of panther was known to be around in some numbers. Teylina on hubs grew up there and says the same thing about them being around. One even jumped the dirt road in front of the fellow's father around 1970. Speaking of lost habitat, I ordered a 6 foot Pine snake from Florida as a boy for $12.95; one probably couldn't buy them legally now for any price. Hope you get to keep what's left of your Florida wildlife Mary.


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50 Caliber 4 years ago from Arizona

Great informative essay on Florida animals.

I've the Manatees move during winter months I'll look in to it and let you know it is an obscure problem and quite interesting to me over the years of seeing leave the harbors during hot temperatures and return come the cold times when we would dive for lobster off Catalina Island

Great article thanks,

Dusty/50


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maglette 4 years ago from London

Great read!


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mary615 4 years ago from Florida Author

Hi rebecca, thanks so much for reading my Hub on Florida Wildlife. Yep, true story about the Alligator and me! Goodnight.


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mary615 4 years ago from Florida Author

Hi alastar, thanks for reading and making a comment. I wonder about that black coated panther. One source I used said there were only 100 Fl. panther left. Wonder why they don't reproduce? You could probably still buy a snake. People buy those huge Pythons and turn them loose in the Everglades! Goodnight.


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mary615 4 years ago from Florida Author

Hey there, Dusty, that's interesting about the manatee leaving the harbors when it's cold. We have a nuclear plant near here, and they congregate at the overflow there where the water is warm. Thanks so much for reading. See you again, I hope.


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mary615 4 years ago from Florida Author

Hi maglette, thanks for reading about the wildlife in Florida, and for the compliment. Nice to see you.


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writer20 4 years ago from Southern Nevada

That Aligator was probably a youngster because he ran away. Your hub it totally great I love all the photo's

Voted up interesting and useful.


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AliciaC 4 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

This is a very interesting and enjoyable hub, Mary. It was especially interesting to read about your encounter with the alligator! It sounds like you had a lucky escape.


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mary615 4 years ago from Florida Author

Hi, writer20, thanks for reading my wildlife in Florida Hub, and the nice compliment. Thanks too for the votes! The Alligator may have been a youngster, but he sure was big! Have a wonderful day, friend.


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mary615 4 years ago from Florida Author

Good Morning, AliciaC, so nice to see you this morning! Yes, I was pretty brave while I hit the gator, but later I was very scared when I was told of the potential danger! So glad you enjoyed reading my Hub. See you again, soon, I hope.


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50 Caliber 4 years ago from Arizona

Mary, aye it is true, the creatures are a migrating breed and Florida the destination

http://www.savethemanatee.org/info_manatee_migrati...

Peace,

dust


gogogo 4 years ago

Great hub and photos, very interesting


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mary615 4 years ago from Florida Author

Hi again, Dusty. Thanks for coming back and sharing that link for the Manatee. I went there and read that info. I'm going to add that link to my Hub. It will make folks understand more about the Manatees. I'm concerned about the water temp. here cause we've had some cold weather. Just hope they'll be OK. BTW: I just added a couple of photos of the Big turtle that wandered into my yard. Thanks again for your interest, Dusty


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mary615 4 years ago from Florida Author

Hi, gogogo, thanks for reading about the wildlife in Florida, and the nice compliment. I appreciate that! So glad you found it interesting. See you again, soon....


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JEOrtega 4 years ago from Southern California

Hi Mary!

Thank you for writing this article. I loved it! I love animals domestic and wild, and I really enjoyed reading it!

Jennifer


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mary615 4 years ago from Florida Author

Hi Jennifer, thanks for reading about the widelife in Florida. So glad you liked it. I love animals, too. Regards....


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Happyboomernurse 4 years ago from South Carolina

What a wonderful, informative hub. Can't believe you struck an alligator with a stick to get him to move back to the pond and the alligator actually ran AWAY from you! (He must have known not to mess with a determined housewife!) he! he!

The baby turtles heading toward the ocean are so cute and I loved all the photos in this hub. Thanks for sharing.

Gail


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mary615 4 years ago from Florida Author

Hi, HBN,good to see you!Thanks for reading my Hub on Wildlife in Floria and for the nice compliment on my photos. That means a lot coming from a pro like you! Look forward to seeing you again soon....


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picklesandrufus 4 years ago from Virginia Beach, Va

what a good hub Mary! looks like you put a lot of work into it. Really enjoyed it...used to live in Miami long time ago and glad I didn't run into some of these creatures!


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drbj 4 years ago from south Florida

Florida has such beautiful wild life, Mary, and I'm not referring to the tourists. Thanks for this excellent descriptive hub and photos. Oh, wait, speaking of tourists, you forgot the most popular species of wild life -- the 'snow bird.'

For the uninitiated, snow birds are folks who come to Florida in the winter to escape the snow up north.


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Gypsy Rose Lee 4 years ago from Riga, Latvia

What a fantastic hub! I really love animals wild or not. Now when you leave Florida for the winter you'll have to let us know what animals you meet in your temporary home.


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Hyphenbird 4 years ago from America-Broken But Still Beautiful

Mary, I often wonder how any animals still survive in the wild these days. Humans are so selfish and take over everything possible. Florida really is a beautiful area with diverse and amazing wildlife. I pray they all are allowed to live freely and safely forever.


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mary615 4 years ago from Florida Author

Good Morning, picklesandrufus! So nice to see you today. Thanks for reading and commenting on my Hub on the Wildlife in Florida. Living in Miami and being so close to the Everglades, I'm surprised you never saw one of those giant pythons that idiots are releasing in that area. That is getting to be a big problem. See you again, soon...


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mary615 4 years ago from Florida Author

Hello drbj, I see you are in fine humor today! You're right, we do have lots of "snow birds". Thanks for the compliment on my Hub about the Wildlife in Florida, I appreciate that! Keep those puns coming! Hope you have a wonderfuld day.


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mary615 4 years ago from Florida Author

Hi there, GypsyRose Lee, thanks for taking the time to read and comment on my Hub about the Wildlife in Florida. You know, there is an island right off the coast of Puerto Rico,called Vieques that have wild horses! We saw them before when we were there. No one knows how they got there. I'll have to write a Hub about them when I return to PR. Thanks again for stopping by.


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mary615 4 years ago from Florida Author

Good Morning, Hyphenbird my loyal friend. At one time the Alligator was on the endangered species list and no one could kill them. Now they have been removed from that list and they are multiplying at an alarming rate. I do get concerned for all the creatures losing their homes, too. Hope you have a great day.


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Lord De Cross 4 years ago

What a huge selection and variety. Florida is a Natural national park as I see it now. There will be conflictive issues in removing or chasing away these animals especially the Alligators. Nice Pictures Mary! I'm always surprised by your dedication in putting together this whole hub. It might be the hub of the day, if our friends push for it. Have a good day mary!

LORD


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mary615 4 years ago from Florida Author

Hi Lord, thanks for reading about the Wildlife in Florida. There were so many more animals I could have included like the fox, the armadillo, the oppossum, and on and on. They all still live here. Thanks for the nice compliment on my work. I appreciate that, my friend.


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moonlake 4 years ago from America

Nice hub enjoyed reading about all the wildlife. Our daughter once saw a Manatee in canal when she was in Florida. She got so excited had to call and tell us about it.


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mary615 4 years ago from Florida Author

Hi moonlake, thanks for reading my Hub about the Wildlife in Florida, and for the nice compliment. It is exciting to see these giant, slow creatures swimming in the canals. They are so ugly, they're cute!


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Movie Master 4 years ago from United Kingdom

Thank you Mary for a wonderful read, I can't believe you took on the aligator with a broom!!

Voting up, interesting and awesome!


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mary615 4 years ago from Florida Author

Hi there, Movie Master, so nice to see you this beautiful Sunday! Thanks for reading my Hub on the Wildlife in Florida. So glad you enjoyed it. Yes, I was really dumb to hit a huge alligator over the back with a broom. Ignorance is bliss, right? Thanks for the votes too! Bye for now.


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oceansnsunsets 4 years ago from The Midwest, USA

Hi Mary, I loved your hub here. Wildlife is so interesting, and the more I learn about Florida, the less I am surprised there is so much there to learn about. Whether plants, flowers or now animals, Florida is quite a neat place. Glad you shared this information with us, loved the photos too. Those turtles can be real characters can't they? :)


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mary615 4 years ago from Florida Author

Good Morning, oeansnsunsets. Nice to see you this morning! Thanks for reading my Hub on the wildlife in Florida, and I'm so glad you enjoyed it. Florida is a neat place to live. I'm constantly learning new things about the state. I'd like to explore the Everglades one day. This was the first turtle I'd ever seen that seem aggressive; he was not at all afraid of me! Have a wonderful day.


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Eiddwen 4 years ago from Wales

Hi mary,I truly loved this well informed and beautifully put together hub of yours.

It has to be awaraded with an up up and away.

Take care and enjoy the rest of your day.

Eddy.


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mary615 4 years ago from Florida Author

Hi there, Eddy! So nice to see you today. Thanks for reading about the wildlife in Florida, and for the nice compliment on my work on this. Thanks, too, for the votes. I appreciate that! I hope you have a wonderful day, friend.


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healthywholefoods 4 years ago

I knew Florida had a wide variety of wildlife, but I never imagined that it had panthers, bobcats, or wild boars. I loved the article, it was very informative.


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mary615 4 years ago from Florida Author

Hi there, heathywholefoods! Good to see you today.Yes, we do have a lot of wildlife in Florida. My Grandson read this Hub and commented that I left out the fox! We see those quite often. So glad you enjoyed reading. Regards...


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RTalloni 4 years ago from the short journey

Your initial photos of the panther and bobcat drew me in. I grew up in Florida, a child there when Orlando was no-where's-ville. Watching it grow was exciting, but sad. One wonders what the future holds. Thanks for a look at Florida's wildlife.


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mary615 4 years ago from Florida Author

Thanks for your interest in the Florida Wildlife. I remember when everyone though Disney was crazy to build where he did! Thanks for reading and commenting. Regards...


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mary615 4 years ago from Florida Author

Hi again, RTalloni, this is the first time I have used the "reply" button to respond. I hope you got my reply, but I just wanted to thank you for reading my Hub on Florida Wildlife.


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vocalcoach 4 years ago from Nashville Tn.

mary ~ I could just picture you hitting that alligator with your broom! :) So glad he backed off and didn't attack you.

I totally enjoyed this hub and learning about all the wildlife in Florida. Voting up and more and thanks!

vocalcoach~


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mary615 4 years ago from Florida Author

Hi vocalcoach. Thanks for reading and ommenting on my Hub about Wildlife in S. Florida. Yes, that was a learning experience about the alligator! I know better now! So glad you enjoyed reading this, and thanks so much for the votes. Regards...


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Alastar Packer 4 years ago from North Carolina

Hi Mary. Thanks again for the great comment on A Farm Life in Georgia part two. Read this Fla. animals story a couple weeks ago and commented. Looked it over again, very nice and informative. Warren was adamant that they had panthers around the GA. Fla. line that were black-coated. One even jumped out in front of his father while he was driving one day. Another hubber named Teylina grew up there too and said sure enough the cats were around. Maybe you have more in the state than officially recognized.:)


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mary615 4 years ago from Florida Author

Good Morning, Alastar Packer. Good to see you again. Warren probably saw a black panther. I'm told they are still around, and are almost extinct. Thanks for reading. Hope you have a great day!


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Alastar Packer 4 years ago from North Carolina

Aha! Thank you for that Mary. More confirmation they're not extinct( excluding Everglades) east of the Mississippi like Fish& Game announced recently. Wrote a very popular article called On the Track of the North Carolina Mountain Lions. Back around 1988 I found a track in a most inaccessible spot near the Blue Ridge Mountains.:)


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how-to-make 4 years ago from India

Florida is really having a rich wildlife. I like this hub. Great efforts you have put into your work.


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mary615 4 years ago from Florida Author

Hi, how-to-make. Thanks so much for reading and commenting on my Hub on Wildlife in Florida. Thanks for the compliment, too. I appreciate your kind remarks. Good to see you again. Goodnight.


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Teylina 4 years ago

Great write. Florida is my native state, and I've moved back and forth (but NOT a "snowbird") inland several times, and I remember the earlier (pre-'70's) times of wild animals from the Ga line to Key West, and I have to admit I miss seeing much of the wildlife that is being encroached upon by builders or just selfish people. Florida is wealthy with animals. I grew up w/panther screams and the guttural bull roar of alligators. Like many people, I've been upset over the close-to-extinction of some animals and birds, and I some times get upset now when the animals take the blame for being "where people live," because as far as I am concerned more laws should have protected the awesome wildlife there. I have seen panthers and boars rarely, but once or twice in the last 10 years--and, of course, the deer there are beautiful. Unfortunately, raccoons have taken a bad rap; I'm prejudiced because I've had two for pets. But I really liked your hub. So many people just want the beach, and don't give the wildlife (incl'g birds) enough credit for making it such an awesome state. Thanks for writing.


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mary615 4 years ago from Florida Author

Hi, Teylina, thanks for reading and commenting on my Hub about the wildlife in Florida. Most peole don't realize how many species we have. Oh , you have two raccoons for pets! I think that is SO great.They are beautiful anmals, I think. I feel bad for the animals losing their homes to development. I'm so glad you enjoyed my Hub. Goodnight.


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Peggy W 4 years ago from Houston, Texas

Hi Mary,

This was interesting to read about all the wild animals in Florida. We have seen the manatees. Would love to see the loggerhead turtles on the beaches. Good thing that they are protected! Many of these other animals can also be seen in Texas. Human development in many areas of the country keeps infringing upon the animals normal habitats. We do need to learn how to co-exist peacefully if at all possible. Up votes + sharing.


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mary615 4 years ago from Florida Author

Hi Peggy W When I first moved to Fl. I couldn't believe the wildlife I encountered. Well, just today, 3 raccoons ran across my front yard. That sort of bothers me since they are nocturnal and should not be running around during the day. I never go near them because they could have rabies!

We do need to coexist with the wildlife, but how???

Thanks for the votes and the share, Mary


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smlbizmatters 4 years ago

I love to visit Florida so this really peaks my interest. Is the state not doing anything to save the endangered bobcat?


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mary615 4 years ago from Florida Author

Hi, smlbizmatters. Florida has some beautiful areas. We are just becoming so populated with people that are displacing the wildlife. We not only have these animals, but we do have venomous snakes. I wrote a Hub about them. It shows on top as a link.

I don't think Florida is trying to save the bobcat....I don't know how they could, frankly.

Thanks for reading and commenting. Mary


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scmom61 4 years ago from California

Hi Mary! Thanks for pointing me to this article. Very informative and funny. I am learning a lot in these past two days about how to write hubs, and I think your articles are the best ones put together (and I have a degree in Journalism)! I look forward to continuing to follow you and learning more from you. Thank you again!


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midget38 4 years ago from Singapore

Beautiful pics here! Thanks for the intro to common wildlife in Florida! Beautiful and shared on FB.


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mary615 4 years ago from Florida Author

Hi, scmom61. My goodness, you just made my day by your wonderful compliment to my work, thank you very much. I do apologize for not responding to your comment: it showed as spam!

I'm glad you found this article to be informative. Yes, people don't realize that our state has wildlife. We also have venomous snakes! I wrote a Hub about them. I invite you to read that one when you have some time.

Thanks for reading and commenting. Hope to see you again soon, Mary


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mary615 4 years ago from Florida Author

Hi there, midget38. Nice to see you today! I'm happy you found my article on wildlife in Florida beautiful.

Thanks so much for reading, and sharing. I appreciate that, Mary


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Peggy W 4 years ago from Houston, Texas

I would worry also about seeing raccoons in the daytime because of the possibility of them being rabid. They are cute little critters! My mother was not too happy when she was living in her other house & having armadillos digging up her yard! She watered more than her neighbors so the grub digging was probably easier in her yard and she lived near a wilderness area a short space away. We put out loads of mothballs 2 different times when she found copperhead snakes in her yard. Supposedly that odor repels them. I know that we and probably her neighbors smelled them for quite some time. Ha! Co-existing with wildlife can be a challenge sometimes!


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mary615 4 years ago from Florida Author

Hi, Peggy W. I agree, I get uneasy when I see a raccoons out in the daytime. My neighbor feeds them (I love her, but I do wish she wouldn't do that), and they come looking for food. I don't feed them!

I have a black snake who lives in my yard, but they are good snakes, so I don't mind him at all.

Good to see you today, Mary


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Suhail and my dog 3 years ago from Mississauga, ON

Great to read and a very informative hub. Voted up.

I knew all about the wildlife of Florida. In 2002, my wife, two children and I traveled to Orlando, Florida and made a base camp out of that city to observe and take pictures of its wildlife. We were able to take shots of a mother alligator with its 45 babies, Sandhill Cranes, Wood Stork, Blue Heron, Yellow-Crowned Night Heron, deer, and many other smaller birds that we see in Ontario, Canada from late spring to early fall.

That was a 'WOW' trip for each of us. We have many pleasant memories attached with that trip.


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mary615 3 years ago from Florida Author

Hi, Suhail and my dog. So nice to "meet you" here today. Since Orlando is in the middle of our state, I'm sure they have lots of wildlife; however many have lost their homes due to the development in that part of the state. I am glad you got to see, though. You were lucky to see a mama alligator and her 45 babies!

I hope you will come back and visit us again. Thanks for reading, and the votes, Mary


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PegCole17 16 months ago from Dallas, Texas

This brings back such fond memories of all the wildlife in my home state of Florida. We were used to seeing the Manatees swim in the canals when we would fish near the Turkey Point power plant. They loved the warm water. Now, I've read there are fewer than 5,000 of them left. Schools of mullet were a common site years ago as well. We often saw turtles, bobcats and alligators in the Everglades when we would go on hikes there.

Voted up and interesting.


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ChitrangadaSharan 16 months ago from New Delhi, India

This is a very interesting and enjoyable hub! I am always very curious about wildlife.

A very well presented hub with wonderful pictures. It is especially interesting to read about your encounter with the alligator! Sounds like you had a lucky escape.

Thanks for sharing , voted up and shared on HH for this week's theme.


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teaches12345 16 months ago

Mary, I've had a few close encounters with the gators around here. I agree with your hubby; stay far away from them. I always enjoy watching the various turtles we see around here. Good reading for the day!


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mary615 16 months ago from Florida Author

Hi, PegCole17 I love the Manatees. I wish boaters would be more careful of them! When I first came to Florida I was amazed at the various kinds of wildlife here. I saw on the news just last night a lady in Florida (can't remember where) took her little dog out into her yard and a coyote grabbed it and ran away with it!

Thanks for reading, commenting, and the votes, Mary


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mary615 16 months ago from Florida Author

Hi, ChitrangadaSharan I'm so happy you found my Hub to be interesting, and enjoyable. Oh, yes, I stay very far away from the alligators now!

Thanks so much for reading, the votes and the share; I appreciate that, Mary


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mary615 16 months ago from Florida Author

Hi, teaches12345 Yes, I stay far away from the alligators now! Now that I live in town, my don't see many wild animals, but it was different when I lived in the country!

So glad you enjoyed reading my Hub, Mary

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