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South Florida Aquatic Environments

Hardwood Hammocks



NATIVE FAUNA
White-tail Deer
courtesy U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service



Hardwood Hammocks:

Native Fauna

  • Wildlife living in hardwood hammocks originates from temperate regions in contrast to the native flora which orginates from tropical regions
Wildlife residing in hardwood hammocks are mostly of
temperate origin rather than tropical, in contrast to the characteristic plantlife. There has been no land connection with the West Indies, thereby limiting wildlife to those able to fly or to survive crossing the open seas.

Wildlife commonly sighted within hammocks include:

Invertebrates
  • Florida tree snail (Liguus fasciatus)

Reptiles and Amphibians
Green Treefrog
courtesy South Florida Water Management District
Green Treefrog

Birds
Mammals
More rarely observed is the endangered Florida panther (Felis concolor coryi) as well as the Jamaica fruit bat (Artibeus jamaicensis) and Florida mastiff bat (Eumops glaucinus floridanus).


Florida Panther
courtesy U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
Florida Panther