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We mammals have come a long way since the time of the dinosaurs. Since those times, we’ve conquered the land, sea and air. Florida has at least 99 species of mammals living, breeding and thriving today.
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by Rich Leighton | May 20, 2021 | Birds, Florida Nature Facts, Florida Nature Photography, Natural History, Nature & WildlifeThe 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...
by Rich Leighton | May 15, 2021 | Florida, Florida Nature Facts, Florida Nature Photography, Herps, Natural History, Nature & Wildlife, ReptilesMost 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...
by Rich Leighton | May 10, 2021 | Butterflies, Florida Nature Facts, Insects, Invertebrates, Natural HistoryPierid 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...
by Rich Leighton | May 5, 2021 | Butterflies, Florida Nature Facts, Florida Nature Photography, Insects, Natural History, Nature & WildlifeSkippers 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...
by Rich Leighton | Nov 12, 2020 | Florida Nature Facts, Florida Nature Photography, Insects, Interesting Nature Facts, Invertebrates, Natural History, Nature & WildlifeWhile 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...
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