Whether you live in Florida or visit Florida, you don’t want to miss these wild facts about Florida’s wildlife!
Florida is home to a lot more than just theme parks and we love the wild side that Florida has to offer! We break down 10 of the wildest animals that call Florida home just like we do!
Did You Know? Adult males can range from 11 to 16 feet in length! Which leads them to weigh over 1,000 pounds! Alligators can be found in any body of water, so don’t get close to the water and if you see one, be sure to stay distant.
Florida Softshell Turtle
Did You Know? This turtle has a long neck and an elongated head with a long snorkel-like nose. It is the largest softshell turtle in North America. You’ll see them basking in the sun near one of Florida’s ponds or lakes. When they move, they are very quick.
Did You Know? This type of jellyfish feeds on plankton using the tentacles flowing from the bell and is not harmful to humans. Found in nearly all of the world’s oceans and is one of the most common jellyfish in Florida.
Brown Anole Lizard
Did You Know? As a defense mechanism, the brown anole can detach most of its tail when being pursued or captured. One of the most common lizards in Florida, so you’ll find them everywhere. Don’t worry, they’re not poisonous nor a threat to humans.
Did You Know? There are four species of widow spiders that you will find in Florida. The Southern Black Widow, Northern Black Widow, Red Widow and the Brown Widow. You can often identify a black widow spider for the red hour glass shape on its belly.
Did You Know? When in groups, you may witness these beautiful birds jump up and down or “dance” for no particular reason. You will often see them by bodies of water.
Did You Know? These sharks often come inshore in large schools and can grow up to 8 feet in length! The Blacktip Shark is dark bluish gray and bears a distinctive black tip on most fins.
Did You Know? A typical adult copperhead is usually between 22 and 36 inches in length! They like damp areas around swamps, streams and river bends. However, they do live in suburban areas as well.
Florida Black Bears
Did You Know? Florida Black bears are the largest animal that you will find on land in Florida! They are endangered and are rare to see in larger cities. However, if you are in the suburbs or country, you will be more likely to see one.
Did You Know? The Florida Panther represents the state animal of the Sunshine State! They are unfortunately endangered and are more common in South Florida.