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Florida is a birders paradise. There are nearly 500 native species as well dozens of established exotics.
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Gators / Crocs
Alligators are abundant in Florida and can be seen basking on canal banks and beside rivers and lakes.
Otters, opossums, manatees, fox squirrels, raccoons, white-tailed deer, key deer and armadillos are among the more commonly seen mammals.
Turtles and tortoises are a little more difficult to see, but if you go canoeing or kayaking you will almost certainly spot a turtle basking.
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Frogs / Toads
Florida has the richest concentration of amphibians of any State in the USA. Many species are common and easy to see.
There are 45 species of snakes in Florida, but you will have to look hard to see any of them.
Geckos are so common in buildings in South Florida that they are called ‘house lizards.’ Anoles and skinks are easy to watch in almost any park or garden.
Insects   new!
Insects are not difficult to see in Florida – they usually find you, but once you get past the unwanted mosquitoes and deer flies there is a dazzling abundance of insect life in this tropical State.
Fish   new!
You can find a good fishing spot almost anywhere you go in Florida but you may need a local guide to find the really big ones. Try one of the freshwater lakes and rivers, explore the tidal flats and bays, or travel far offshore into the Atlantic Gulf Stream or Gulf of Mexico.
Plants   new!
Florida has more tree species than any other state in the continental United States and our subtropical climate supports palms, orchids, and nearly 4,000 species of flowering plants.
More than 50 species of sharks can be found in the waters around Florida, but most of these are deep water species, rarely seen by the average person. However, Florida has the greatest number of unprovoked shark attacks of any state in the U.S.


Wildlife of Florida 2011
Wildlife of Florida 2011
Fiona Sunquist
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Wildlife of Florida: Lizards
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