Category Archives: Wild Animals

Key West Chickens

Key West Chickens Florida is an amazing state and one of my favorite places is the Florida Keys.  Fishing, snorkeling, boating and a cold drink or two can be found along the highway from Largo to Key West. When you … Continue reading

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American Persimmon

Diospyros virginiana The American or common persimmon, also called simmon, possumwood, and Florida persimmon is a slow-growing, moderately sized tree native to southeastern North America. The fruit is about 1 to 2 inches in diameter. Unripe fruit, which is high in … Continue reading

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Bobcat

Lynx rufus The Bobcat is an apex predator at the 40 Acre Woods. Widely distributed throughout most of North America, this cat is well adapted to Florida. The bobcat is equally at home in deep forest, swamps, and hammock land. … Continue reading

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Gray Fox

 The Gray Fox (Urocyon cinereoargenteus) In the 40 acre woods we have lots of wildlife, many are usually more active at night.  One of these is the gray fox.  They have quite a lot of red hair and may be confused … Continue reading

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Gopher Tortoise

Gopher tortoises, or “Gophers” as they are commonly called, live in extensive subterranean burrows in dry upland habitats of the southeastern United States.  Gopher tortoises are found in longleaf pine sandhills, oak hammocks, scrub, pine flatwoods, dry prairies, and coastal … Continue reading

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Eastern Fence Lizard

One of my favorite residents of the 40 acre woods is the Fence Lizard.  They are always working to keep the bugs under control and they are very entertaining to watch as they chase each other about fighting for the … Continue reading

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Gopher Apple

Gopher Apple (Licania michauxii) This hearty small shrub looks more like a bunch of oak seedlings than anything else.  Underground it grows with an extensive maze of stems that send up slender woody shoots with evergreen oak-like leaves.  The leaves … Continue reading

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