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Eastern Grey Squirrel Sciurus carolinensis


The eastern gray squirrel, also known as the grey squirrel depending on region, is a tree squirrel in the genus Sciurus. It is native to eastern North America, where it is the most prodigious and ecologically essential natural forest regenerator.

Eastern Indigo Drymarchon couperi


Range: In Florida, Eastern Indigo Snakes occurs throughout the peninsula south to Key Largo; it is rare in the panhandle. Outside of Florida, it occurs in southeastern Georgia.

Habitat: Eastern Indigo Snakes are widespread throughout the state, but have experienced population declines most places. They occur in hardwood forests, moist hammocks, pine flatwoods, prairies, and around cypress ponds.

Corn Snake Pantherophis guttatus 


Range: The Eastern Corn Snake occurs throughout Florida. Outside of the state, it occurs west to the Mississippi River and north to southern New Jersey.

Habitat: Commonly found near pinelands, hardwood hammocks, swamps, agricultural fields, and residential areas.

Yellow Rat Snake Pantherophis alleghaniensis (Milo)

Range: In Florida, the Rat Snake occurs in the panhandle east of the Apalachicola River and throughout the peninsula south to Key Largo. However, it does readily hybridize with the Gray Rat Snake (Pantherophis spiloides) in the panhandle.

Habitat: Commonly found near pinelands, hardwood hammocks, swamps, marshes, prairies, agricultural fields, and residential areas.

3-Striped Mud Turtles

Kinosternon baurii 

(Alice and Andy)

Three-toed Box Turtle 

Terrapene carolina triunguis 


Would you like to 'Adopt' an Animal Ambassador? Please visit our Adoption Page for details!

We have many more animal friends for you to meet at the Jim Thomas Environmental Education Center!

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