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Roseate Spoonbill

The roseate spoonbill is the only spoonbill endemic (native) to the Western Hemisphere (Bjork and Powell 1996).  This species can reach a length of 30-40 inches (76-102 centimeters) with a wingspan of 50-53 inches (127-135 centimeters).  It has pink wings and underparts (with some red on the tops of the wings) with a white neck and back, and pinkish legs …

American Alligator

Alligators are opportunistic feeders. Their diets include prey species that are abundant and easily accessible. Juvenile alligators eat primarily insects, amphibians, small fish, and other invertebrates. Adult alligators eat rough fish, snakes, turtles, small mammals, and birds. Female alligators rarely exceed 10 feet in length, but males can grow much larger. The Florida State Record for length is a 14 foot 3-1/2 inch …

Blue Heron

Whether poised at a river bend or cruising the coastline with slow, deep wingbeats, the Great Blue Heron is a majestic sight. This stately heron with its subtle blue-gray plumage often stands motionless as it scans for prey or wades belly deep with long, deliberate steps. They may move slowly, but Great Blue Herons can strike like lightning to grab …

American Bullfrog

North American bullfrogs are the largest true frog found in North America, weighing up to 1 pound and 8 inches in length. Typical length ranges from 3.5 to 6 inches. Their color varies from brownish to shades of green, often with spots or blotches of a darker color about the back. The hind feet are fully webbed. The sex of …

Wild Hog

Wild hogs occupy a wide variety of habitats but prefer oak-cabbage palm hammocks, freshwater marshes and sloughs, and pine flatwoods. They can reach weights of more than 150 pounds and be 5-6 feet long. They usually travel in small family groups (sounders) or alone.  Wild hogs eat a variety of plants and animals. They feed by rooting with their broad …

Birds

Florida offers plenty of birding opportunities. This article provides a list of birds, images, and sounds of birds that live at ponds, lakes, estuaries, swamps, and other wetlands in the State of Florida. Florida has the largest acreage of wetlands among the lower 48 states. This means that the state has a lot of habitat for birds that favor ponds, …