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green basilisk lizard in habitat

Green Basilisk

Basiliscus plumifrons

A member of the iguana family, the green basilisk lizard spends most of its time in the trees and is never far from water.

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Greater Siren

Siren lacertina

The greater siren is a primative salamander that reaches lengths of more than three feet.

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Florida Pine Snake

Pituophis melanoleucus mugitus

The Florida pine snake is one of the largest eastern snakes in North America

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Florida Manatee

Trichechus manatus latirostris

Also called the sea cow, the manatee is the only herbivorous mammal specially designed to live its entire life in the water.

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Gambusia affinis

The little mosquitofish has a big job – keeping the mosquito population down by feeding on its aquatic larval and pupal stages.

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Longnose Gar

Lepisosteus osseus

To keep itself from becoming prey, the gar is protected by hard, diamond-shaped scales.

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loggerhead musk turtle underwater

Loggerhead Musk Turtle

Sternotherus minor

Growing up to five inches long, this omnivorous turtle is found in muddy-bottomed lakes, ponds, and streams in the southeastern United States.

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barbour's map turtle swimming with fish around

Common Cooter

Pseudemys concinna floridana

Cooters are sun-loving freshwater turtles that spend much of day basking on logs at the edges of ponds, lakes, and rivers in the Southeastern United States.

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Yellow Rat Snake

Pantherophis alleghaniensis

The yellow rat snake is non-venomous.

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yellow banded poison dart frog

Yellow Banded Poison Dart Frog

Dendrobatus leucomelas

Researchers are studying poison dart frog toxins as a possible source of human medicine.

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Burmese Python

Python molurus

One of the largest snakes in the world, the Burmese python can grow up to 25 feet long and get as thick as a telephone pole.

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Two-toed Amphiuma

Amphiuma means

With its strong jaws and two rows of razor-sharp teeth, the amphiuma catches and eats other salamanders, frogs, crayfish and other small, aquatic creatures.

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azureus cichlid fish swimming

Azureus cichlid

Copadichromis azureus

The azureus cichlid is a plankton-feeder from Lake Malawi in Africa.

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Apalochicola kingsnake in habitat

Apalachicola Kingsnake

Lampropeltis getula meansi

The Apalachicola kingsnake is a subspecies of the common kingsnake.

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American crocodile

Crocodylus acutus

The American crocodile population plummeted during the mid-1900s due to unregulated hunting for its hide.

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American alligator

Alligator mississippiensis

Most reptiles pay no attention to their offspring, but alligators are truly tender mothers.

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Alligator Snapping Turtle

Macroclemys temmnicki

The alligator snapping turtle is the largest freshwater turtle in the world

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alligator gar swimming

Alligator Gar

Lepisosteus spatula

Although few alligator gars approach the record size of 10 feet and 300 pounds, they are still among the largest freshwater fish in North America.

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Southern Copperhead

Agkistrodon contortrix contortix

Many snake species, including the Southern copperhead, den up in the winter to avoid the cold temperatures.

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