Florida's Animals

Gopher frog

From the thundering clap of an alligator's jaw to the mournful cry of the sandhill crane, Florida's forests are filled with sights and sounds that are unique to our diverse habitats. You probably know what an alligator looks like. But can you tell a red-cockaded woodpecker (endangered) from a downy woodpecker (common)? Or a Sherman's fox squirrel (species of special concern) from a gray squirrel (okay to hunt)? How about a banded water snake (non-venomous) from a cottonmouth moccasin (venomous)? Here are resources to help you figure out those quick glimpses of animals you see when you're out on the trail or paddling down a stream.

Florida's Fragile Wildlife

Wildlife Identification