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FLORIDA  ANIMALS:

Bald Eagles:  Nearly all bald eagle nests in Florida are built within 1.8 miles of water (Wood et al. 1989). Territory size varies depending on habitat and prey density but is thought to encompass 0.6-1.2 square miles (Buehler 2000).  Bald eagle nests are spaced apart to ensure sufficient food resources for nestlings and to raise young with minimal disturbance from other eagles.  Eagle pairs often build more than one nest, which allows them to move to an alternate nest while remaining in their territory.  Throughout their range, eagles maintain an average of 1.5 nests per territory, ranging from one nest to five nests


Alligators:  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.


Florida Black Bear:  the only species of bear found in Florida. The state’s largest land mammal has come back from just several hundred bears in the 1970s to more than 3,000 today and is one of Florida’s conservation success stories. Never confront a bear. Always use caution around any wild animal.


Freshwater Turtles: Turtles are ancient shelled reptiles that have existed for 220 million years. Florida has more species of turtles than other states. Of the 26 types of turtle species found in Florida, the vast majority (18) are freshwater turtle species. Besides freshwater turtles, Florida is home to the gopher tortoise, box turtles, and five sea turtle species.



Freshwater Fish Florida's freshwater fisheries comprise 3 million acres of lakes, ponds and reservoirs, and approximately 12,000 miles of fishable rivers, streams and canals-with no closed seasons. The recreational fishery resources alone in these waters provide entertainment for more than 1.4 million anglers annually, who enjoyed 24.4 million days fishing in Florida's fresh waters.


Sandhill CranesSandhill cranes are cherished members of the Florida ecosystem. They stand almost 4 feet tall and their bugling or rattling calls are haunting and beautiful. Sandhill cranes occur in pastures, open prairies and freshwater wetlands in peninsular Florida from the Everglades to the Okefenokee Swamp.


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Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission