Terrestrial mammals spend all or part of their lives on land. In
Florida, this group includes nearly 80 species or subspecies
ranging from bats and mice to deer and bears. Learn more about some
of these species and current research projects.
The Florida black bear, Ursus americanus floridanus
, is a subspecies of the American black bear, and is the state's largest land mammal. Listed by the state as threatened from 1974 to 2012, the subspecies currently lives in seven separated subpopulations throughout Florida, as well as in southern Alabama and southern Georgia.
The Perdido Key Beach Mouse is a federally listed endangered
species that only resides in the dunes of Perdido Key, a small
island located near Pensacola.
Members of the public can enter mink sightings in Florida into a Web-based reporting system to aid research efforts.
The South Florida Deer Research Project is one of the largest white-tailed deer (Odocoileus virginianus seminolus
) research projects ever conducted in Florida.