Florida Fauna & Flora – Opossum

Florida Fauna & Flora – Opossum

Opossums are the only marsupials native to North America. Female marsupials give birth to underdeveloped young that then reside in an external abdomen pouch. In this pouch, up to to 14 young are suckled for about two months after birth. The young opossums begin life smaller than honeybees. Upon leaving the pouch they cling to […]

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Florida Fauna & Flora – Bay Scallops

Florida Fauna & Flora – Bay Scallops

The Florida bay scallop is a bivalve (two shells joined by a hinge) mollusk that lives in shallow, grassy flats in select locations along Florida’s Gulf Coast. Usually found in four to ten feet of water, scallops live in all oceans, but never in fresh water. Bay scallops are recognizable by the tiny bright blue […]

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Florida Fauna & Flora – Oleander

Florida Fauna & Flora – Oleander

FLORIDA FAUNA & FLORA – OLEANDER   With its beautiful pink, red or white flowers growing at the end of its branches, oleander is a popular choice for planting. Oleanders can grow six to 20 feet tall. This plant flourishes in warm regions, withstanding extreme heat, poor soil, water shortages, salt spray and lack of […]

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Florida Fauna & Flora – Thoroughbred Horse

Florida Fauna & Flora – Thoroughbred Horse

Thoroughbred horses are synonymous with Ocala/Marion County area, as it is coined the “Horse Capital of the World™.” These hot-blooded, highly intelligent horses are known for their agility and lightning-fast runs – reaching speeds up to 40 mph. Thoroughbreds are large, muscular, powerful horses that are innately elegant and graceful.   Horses are measured in […]

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Florida Fauna & Flora – Cottontail Rabbit

Florida Fauna & Flora – Cottontail Rabbit

COTTONTAIL RABBIT   Cottontail rabbits are small, grayish-brown rabbits with a white puffy tail. These rabbits make their homes just about anywhere in Florida with the exception of dense forests and swampy areas. Cottontails live in small brush that is well camouflaged from predators.   Female cottontails typically birth four to seven baby rabbits (aka […]

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Florida Fauna & Flora – Florida the 27th State

Florida Fauna & Flora – Florida the 27th State

FLORIDA THE 27TH STATE   Spanish conquistador Juan Ponce de Leon landed near St. Augustine in Spring 1513. Amidst the blooming flowers, Ponce de Leon named the newly-discovered land “La Pascua Florida” or Festival of Flowers.   Florida became the 27th state on March 3, 1845. Long before Florida grew into a tourism hub, early […]

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Florida Fauna & Flora – Spanish Moss

Florida Fauna & Flora – Spanish Moss

SPANISH MOSS   When imagining “the old south,” you may have a mental image of large live oaks elegantly draped with Spanish moss.   Spanish moss, also known as Spanish beard, French hair, Graybeard and tree hair, is not actually part of the moss family. It is a bromeliad that clings to itself and dangles […]

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Florida Fauna & Flora – The Basking Shark

Florida Fauna & Flora – The Basking Shark

THE BASKING SHARK   The basking shark is the second-largest living shark in the world. Basking sharks can grow up to a massive 40 feet long and weigh between 6,600 and 13,000 pounds. This shark is thought to mate in early summer, with gestation of a year up to three years. It gives birth only […]

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