Florida Fauna & Flora – Sailfish

Florida Fauna & Flora – Sailfish

  Florida Fauna & Flora – Sailfish   One of the most popular game fish in Florida is the sailfish – which is also the official state saltwater fish. Sailfish are known for the large, blue first dorsal fin that looks similar to a sail. It has a long, thin spear-like upper jaw. The upper […]

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Florida Fauna & Flora – Florida Manatee

Florida Fauna & Flora – Florida Manatee

  Florida Fauna & Flora – Florida Manatee   One animal that is uniquely Floridian is the manatee. Florida manatees are native to Florida and are a sub-species of the West Indian manatee. These gentle giants grow to 9 – 10 feet long and weigh in at about 1,000 pounds. This gray aquatic mammal has […]

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Florida Fauna & Flora – Roseate Spoonbill

Florida Fauna & Flora – Roseate Spoonbill

  Florida Fauna & Flora – Roseate Spoonbill   One of Florida’s most unique and colorful birds is the roseate spoonbill. This species is the only spoonbill that is native to the Western Hemisphere. It has pink wings, long pink legs and a white neck and back. There is no color difference between males and […]

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Florida Fauna & Flora – Cane Toad

Florida Fauna & Flora – Cane Toad

  Florida Fauna & Flora – Cane Toad   Cane toads are native species from South America to southern Texas. The toads were introduced to Florida and have flourished as an invasive species. Also called a bufo, giant or marine toad, its body is reddish brown, dark brown, or gray. Some are uniform in color […]

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Florida Fauna & Flora – Alligator Snapping Turtle

Florida Fauna & Flora – Alligator Snapping Turtle

  Florida Fauna & Flora – Alligator Snapping Turtle   Alligator snapping turtles look like a holdover from prehistoric times when dinosaurs roamed the earth. You can find this unique reptile throughout the southeastern United States and as far north as Iowa. It is the largest species of fresh-water turtle.   Alligator snapping turtles rarely […]

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Florida Fauna & Flora – Orange Blossom

Florida Fauna & Flora – Orange Blossom

  Florida Fauna & Flora – Orange Blossom   In 1909, the Florida State legislature chose the orange blossom as the state flower. Orange blossoms are the fragrant flowers that grace the millions of orange trees that are synonymous with Florida. Orange blossoms are found in perfume, French and Mediterranean cuisine, wedding bouquets and orange […]

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Florida Fauna & Flora – Ocala National Forest

Florida Fauna & Flora – Ocala National Forest

The Ocala National Forest is located in SECO Energy’s backyard. This national landmark was established in 1909 and is the southernmost forest in the United States. In the forest’s beautiful 383,000 acres, you’ll find over 600 lakes, rivers and streams, as well as trails, animals, recreation areas and outdoor activities.   According to the U.S. […]

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Florida Fauna & Flora – Northern Bobwhite Quail

Florida Fauna & Flora – Northern Bobwhite Quail

Northern bobwhite quails are medium-sized birds with round bodies, short tails and short necks. Their plumage is reddish-brown with white and gray streaks. Bobwhites are named for their distinctive “bob-white” call.   Bobwhite quails feed and roost in coveys of 8 to 25 birds. They forage on the ground for seeds, insects, fruits and plants. […]

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Florida Fauna & Flora – Eastern Coral Snake

Florida Fauna & Flora – Eastern Coral Snake

  Florida Fauna & Flora – Eastern Coral Snake   The extremely venomous eastern coral snake is found throughout Florida. Coral snakes should not be confused with the non-venomous scarlet king and scarlet snakes. These three snakes look similar but knowing the difference could save your life.   Eastern coral snakes have wide black and […]

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Florida Fauna & Flora – Hurricanes and Pets

Florida Fauna & Flora – Hurricanes and Pets

Don’t forget a hurricane or disaster plan for your family pet. According to the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA), take your pets with you if you decide to evacuate before a storm arrives. Service animals that meet the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) requirements are usually welcome in general population shelters.   You can […]

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