Little blue heron
[See the Wildlife Sampler page for more
information on the wildlife found at Caravelle Ranch.]
Florida black bears are found in the river swamps.
In February masses of tree swallows swarm the pastures. The
rattling calls of sandhill cranes can be heard along the marshes
where they nest.
The abundance of rabbits in the pastures favors
red-shouldered hawks, kestrels, and bobcats. Coyotes appear to be
increasing in numbers. Rodman Reservoir is a good spot for seeing
bald eagles, waterfowl, and wading birds.
© Peter May - Cottonmouth water moccasin
Also known as the water moccasin, the cottonmouth
is found in wetlands and waterways throughout the state. When
threatened, the cottonmouth may expose the white interior of its
mouth. Although feared for its venomous bite, the cottonmouth
usually retreats when approached by humans. People commonly believe
cottonmouths drop into boats from tree limbs overhanging the water.
It's the harmless, far more common brown water snake that suns
itself on tree limbs and that's most likely to fall into passing
boats when frightened. Juvenile cottonmouths attract frogs and
minnows by flicking their brightly colored tail tips, which look
like worms or caterpillars.