Alligators are the number one fear that new hikers to Florida have. True, they’re at the top of our food chain. But we’ll take an alligator stretched across the trail over a grizzly any day.
Information about wildlife species in Florida
A subspecies of the Eastern black bear, the full-grown Florida black bear rarely tops 350 pounds, and will quickly move out of your way if it sees or hears you – unless it’s become used to feeding on campground or home garbage.
The most common turtle you’ll see basking on logs along rivers and lakes, the Florida cooter is one of Florida’s largest freshwater turtles, up to a foot long or more.
A subspecies of cougar, the Florida panther has been making a slow but steady comeback in their stronghold in Big Cypress and the Everglades, with sightings of individual cats reported by hikers throughout the state
Florida has four types (six species) of venomous snakes. Here’s where to find information to identify them when you’re outdoors.
Especially in fall, you’ll encounter these massive spiders stringing sticky yellow webs everywhere – including right across the hiking trails.