CREATURES OF THE ANIMAL KINGDOM OTHER THAN BIRDS, INSECTS & ARACHNIDS

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LOGGERHEAD
Caretta caretta
Threatened
In the fall of 2001 there was an increase in shrimping boats along the east coast of Florida including out of state fleets operating larger boats than the locals. With enforcement resources diverted to homeland security, many of these shrimpers were not using the required turtle exclusion devices.
This turtle was possibly a victim of one of those shrimp nets.
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NINE-BANDED ARMADILLO
Dasypus novemcinctus
Not Native
Armadillos were first seen in this country in the mid 1800's in the Rio Grande valley. They entered Florida in the early 1900's and are now found statewide.
This species at Wild Florida Photo today

NORTHERN RIGHT WHALE
Eubalaena glacialis
Endangered - A species facing imminent extinction
In the winter the northern right whale females travel south to calve off the coast of Georgia & Florida. They can be distinguished from other whales by a lack of dorsal fin and a v-shaped blowhole spray. Individuals can be identified by the unique pattern of callosities on their heads (see photo at right). The northern right whale is considered the most endangered of all the large whales.
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GOPHER TORTOISE
Gopherus polyphemus
Florida Species of Special Concern
The gopher tortoise is the only remaining species in the southeastern United States of the land tortoises of the North American continent - three others are found in the southwestern U.S. and northern Mexico. This species is threatened by loss of dry upland habitat from development and suppression of the natural cycle of wildfires. Over 360 other species utilize the burrows of the gopher tortoise and some, such as the Florida mouse, cannot exist without the tortoise burrow.
This species at Wild Florida Photo today

FLORIDA APPLE SNAIL eggs
Pomacea paludosa
Native
These are eggs of the largest North American freshwater snails, having a natural range of central and south Florida plus Cuba. The snail kite (Rostrthamus sociabilis) almost exclusively feeds on the Florida apple snail.
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COMMON RACCOON
Procyon lotor
Native
Abundant throughout Florida and North America, the raccoon is often a nuisance to humans as well as detrimental to a number of threatened and endangered species, often due to raiding bird & turtle nests.
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