Monarch Butterfly
Monarch butterfly

Hilochee is a good place to observe birds, including anhinga, great blue heron, great egret, little blue heron, green heron, wood stork, bald eagle, and osprey. Hilochee is a good habitat for butterflies who favor open fields adjacent to woodlands.

In Florida the butterfly population peaks in the fall. According to the field guide Butterflies through Binoculars by Jeffrey Glassberg, Marc Minno, and John Calhoun, the best time to observe butterflies is from around 10:30 AM to about 3 PM.

Early morning visitors to Hilochee may also hear a chorus of frogs including leopard frogs, squirrel treefrogs, pinewoods treefrogs, narrow mouth toads, and green treefrogs.


Eastern Indigo Snake
© Dan Hipes - Eastern indigo snake

Wildlife Spotlight: Eastern Indigo Snake

Listed as threatened by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the shiny blue-black Eastern indigo snake may grow as long as 8 feet. Nonvenomous, the Eastern indigo snake uses its powerful jaws to subdue its prey, which consists of other snakes (including venomous ones), frogs, small mammals and salamanders, and birds. It commonly uses gopher tortoise borrows to lay its eggs. Their numbers have declined from habitat loss as well as from collecting for the pet market.


Hilochee Bird List PDF

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