Wildlife

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Per the“great font of human wisdom Wikipedia, “Wildlife viewing is the observation of animals in their native habitats as a recreational activity. It can be done with the naked eye, through a visual enhancement device like binoculars and telescopes, or by listening for animal sounds.” When you’re paddling the Peace especially in the areas with less houses you’ll have countless opportunities to see the many forms of wild life listed below. Make sure you keep your eyes open!

Alligators

Alligators

(shine a flashlight held near your face around the river at night to see their eyes shine!)

Armadillos

Armadillos

(these are almost the rustling around your tent you hear!)

Bats

Alligators

(doing their small part to keep the mosquitos down! You’ll see them in the sky at dusk flying crazily!)

Bears

Bears

(we’ve never seen one but they are native and around in all parts of Florida!)

Beetles

Beetles

 

Bobcats

Bobcats

Butterflies

Buttlerflies

Coyotes

Coyotees

(listen to hear them yipping and yapping at night to the north)

Cranes

Cranes

(wading birds found near the water)

Crickets

Crickets

Crayfish

Crayfish

(they live in the little ponds and other areas where water collects year round and will move into seasonally flooded areas. Tasty!)

Deer

Deer

(dusk and dawn and away from the campsites are the best places and times to see these shy beauties.)

Ducks

Ducks

Eagles

Eagles

Fish

Fish

( we have tons of fish! Both fresh and a few saltwater species like snook and tarpon!)

Foxes

Foxes

Frogs and Toads

Frogs and Toads

Grasshoppers

Grasshoppers

Herons

Herons

(wading birds found near the water)

Wild Hogs

Wild Hogs

(tilled up soil is a sign that hogs are nearby rooting)

Insects

Insects

(like lightning bugs AKA fireflies!, don’t catch them, they seem rare these days!)

Lizards

Lizards

( lots of them in the bushes!)

Moles

Moles

(raised tracks of dirt in grassy areas will show you mole trails)

 

Mosquitoes

Mosquitoes

(deet keeps them off, anything else you can use at your own risk!)

 

Owls

Owls

Panthers

Panthers

(very rare, we haven’t actually seen one but it is possible!)

Raccoons

Raccoons

(make sure you secure all your food and garbage at night! They’re smart and will get into it!)

Snails and Slugs

Snails and Slugs

Snakes

Snakes

most of what we see are black racers and water snakes but always be cautious around any snake and leave them alone. Please don’t hurt our wildlife, you’re in their home now.

Spiders

Spiders

Squirrels

Squirrels

(watch the trees of course!)

Gopher Tortoises

Gopher Tortoises

Softshell Turtles

Softshell Turtles

Turtles

Turtles

(Red Eared Slider and Yellow-bellied Slider Turtles)

Vultures

Vultures

(circling in the sky of course!)