Key Largo Hammocks Botanical State Park

Description:
This 2,304-acre site is one of the largest contiguous tracts of tropical West Indian hardwood hammock found in the United States and is home to 84 protected species of plants and animals. Most of the park's six miles of trails are paved and accessible by foot, bicyclists or wheelchairs.

Watchable Wildlife:
Listen and look for mangrove cuckoos and black-whiskered vireos during the breeding season in May and June. The threatened white-crowned pigeon, unique to south Florida, nests on small mangrove islands and flies in to the hammocks to feed on fruits. December through April, look for white pelicans, grebes, moorhens, roseate spoonbills, wood storks and other wading birds in ponds near the north end of the park. Rare tree snails and giant land crabs are most visible May through November. Common sights include raccoons, rough green snakes, green treefrogs and opossums. The Amercian crocodile, Key Largo woodrat and cotton mouse, short-tailed hawk, eastern diamondback rattlesnake and eastern indigo snake are found in the park, but are rarely seen.

Ownership:
Department of Environmental Protection.

Contact:
(305) 451-1202

Directions:
Located on C.R. 905, ¼ mile north of its intersection with U.S. 1 (Overseas Highway).

Related Sites:
Other Southeast Florida Wildlife Sites
Florida State Parks



FWC Facts:
The crested caracara is a resident of the prairies and range lands of south-central Fla. This boldly patterned raptor has a crest, naked face, heavy bill and longish neck and legs.

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