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Green Iguana

Green Iguana

The green iguana, also known as the American iguana is a large attractive and often strikingly-colored lizard in the Iguanidae family that is native to the Caribbean Islands, Central America and most of the northern half of South America. Although they are are...

Florida Nature Facts #161 – Florida Scrub Jay

Florida Nature Facts #161 – Florida Scrub Jay

The endangered and endemic Florida scrub jay is a cooperative breeder. When the offspring leave the nest, they stay with their parents and help them raise next year's brood instead of going off to raise young on their own. VISIT THE BIRDS GALLERY MORE FLORIDA NATURE...

Florida Nature Facts #156 – Garter Snakes

Florida Nature Facts #156 – Garter Snakes

Most people know garter snakes as common and mostly harmless, but they are in fact mildly venomous. These beautiful snakes are what is known as rear-fanged, meaning they have enlarged back teeth connected to what is called the Duvernoy’s gland that they use to help...

Florida Nature Facts #153 – Pierid Butterflies

Florida Nature Facts #153 – Pierid Butterflies

Pierid butterflies (also known as the sulphurs and whites) are very common light-colored yellow or white butterflies that belong to the Pieridae family, which are often found feeding energetically on the nectar of wildflowers. It is believed that the English word...

Florida Nature Facts #152 – Skippers

Florida Nature Facts #152 – Skippers

Skippers are a group of butterflies in the Hesperiidae family that are often mistaken for moths, as most of them are drab brown to orange. They have short wings and stubby bodies, but you can always tell it’s a skipper because they have their thin antennae clubs...

Florida Nature Facts #145 – Drone Flies

Florida Nature Facts #145 – Drone Flies

While bees are the current darlings of the invertebrate world, drone flies deserve a lot of credit as well. Not only do these cousins to mosquitoes, houseflies and horseflies live in almost complete obscurity in the public eye, these bee-mimicking insects play an...

Florida Nature Facts #144 – Eastern Kingbird

Florida Nature Facts #144 – Eastern Kingbird

The Eastern kingbird mostly eats flying insects during the summer in North America and maintains a breeding territory that it defends vigorously against all other kingbirds. In the winter along the Amazon, however, it has a completely different lifestyle: it travels...

Florida Nature Facts #143 – Dragonflies

Florida Nature Facts #143 – Dragonflies

Roughly 300 million years ago, dragonflies were the among first insects to take to the air. While modern dragonflies have wingspans of only two to five inches, fossilized dragonflies show that they once had wingspans of nearly two feet! VISIT THE DRAGONFLIES GALLERY...

Florida Nature Facts #142 – Monarch Butterflies

Florida Nature Facts #142 – Monarch Butterflies

Monarch butterflies use thermals (updrafts of sun-warmed air) to help them ride air currents as they migrate across the United States to Mexico and back. MORE PHOTOS OF FLORIDA BUTTERFLIES MORE FLORIDA NATURE FACTS Florida Nature Facts is a new series of nature photos...

Florida Nature Facts #141 – Downy Woodpecker

Florida Nature Facts #141 – Downy Woodpecker

The smallest woodpecker in North America? That would be the downy woodpecker, which barely weighs over one ounce, and can be found in every state and province of the continental United States and Canada. Interesting note: this tiny woodpecker has special feathers...

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