The Florida Natives
While the Sunshine State has had its fair share of creatures that come and go as time passes by, Florida remains to be home to a number of beloved farm animals which have been native to the state for as long as I can remember. Most of these animals thrive freely in the outskirts of Florida, or in the Everglades enjoying the wilderness; some however are found in towns and cities, inside petting zoos as part of the main attractions of the state.
Floridian members of this category include the endangered panthers that roam the Everglades, as well as the racoons and opossums seen rummaging through your everyday trash. For their aquatic counterparts, bottle-nosed dolphins and manatees are often spotted on the coasts of the state’s seas. Still, this group includes the famous white-tailed deer, bobcats, skunk, bats and the adorable otters which hold hands while floating on the rivers.
The alligator is viewed by the Everglades Restoration Center as an essential part of the ecosystem because it is able to drill holes that benefit other animals during times of drought. Along with this creature are snakes of the non-venomous family: the black snake, red and yellow rat snakes, corn snakes, southern ringneck snake, and the hognose snake. On the other hand, venomous reptiles include the famous pygmy rattlesnake, coral snake, copperhead and the deadly water moccasin or cottonmouth. Remember to stay away if you’re not sure which is which!
The restoration centre of Everglades alone boasts of over 350 various species of these winged creatures. The snail kite, wood stork, red tail hawk and roseate spoonbill are some of the birds one might spot in the wilderness of the Sunshine state. If you’re lucky enough, flocks of every shape and colour decorate the sky at different times of the day, which make for a beautiful picturesque moment.
So the next time you’re to visit Florida, why not set up a date to witness these beautiful animals roam the state? Treat yourself to an educational field trip to get to know these lovely creatures, some of which are endangered and might need your help in saving their breed. Chances are, most of them are unique to Floridian soil and you’ll only get to see them once in your entire life. So what are you waiting for, ladies and gentlemen? The Sunshine state awaits you in all its wild glory!