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 – 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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Nature’s Reflections – Eastern Indigo Snake

Nature’s Reflections – Eastern Indigo Snake

A RARE, YET BENEFICIAL FRIEND TO HAVE AROUND   While it may make one’s heart jump at first sight, the Eastern indigo snake (Drymarchon corais couperi) is harmless and beneficial. This rare snake plays an important role in Florida’s delicate ecosystem. The record length is 104 inches. Yes, that’s 8 foot, 8 inches. It is […]

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