Snail Kite Photo Credit: Ron Bielefeld
Snail kites soar the marsh seeking snail delights.
Photo Credit: Ron Bielefeld

Wildlife You Might See
Wildlife Viewing Tips

Canal and powerline levees are good places to view wildlife. Alligators are common throughout the area. You may also encounter white-tailed deer, raccoons, opossums, armadillos, river otters, bobcats and rabbits.

Wood storks, ibises, great blue herons, snowy egrets and cattle egrets occur year-round. Watch for swallow-tailed kites in the spring and summer, an influx of waterfowl in the winter and a variety of migratory birds in the spring and summer. The endangered Florida panther may be an occasional visitor to the area.


Wildlife Spotlight: Green Tree Frog

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Green Tree Frog

The slender green treefrog is about two inches long, with white stripes on its bright-green sides. The frog’s color may change to dull green or gray when hiding or sleeping. It feeds on insects and is found in places with abundant vegetation. Listen for a raucous chorus of green tree frogs singing their "quonk-quonk-quong" call at night and during rainstorms.


FWC Facts:
Within 24 hours of hatching, young whooping cranes can follow their parents away from the nest. Together, they forage for plants, insects, snakes, frogs and small animals.

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