Wildlife & Habitats

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ManateeDecal2018-19 SeaTurtleDecal2018-19Check the box for manatees or sea turtles when renewing vehicle and boat registrations. When you check the box, you are donating $5 to help conserve these species and will receive one or both of the new FWC decals featuring manatees and sea turtles.

Florida is home to an amazing array of fish, wildlife, and the habitats in which they live and thrive. With over 700 terrestrial animals, more than 200 freshwater fish, more than 1,000 marine fish, numerous other aquatic and marine vertebrates, and many thousands of terrestrial insects and other invertebrates, Florida literally is teeming with wildlife.

These multitudes of species are dependent upon the highly productive natural habitats of Florida, ranging from the tropical coral reefs of the Keys and the magnificent Everglades "river of grass" to the awe-inspiring array of first-magnitude springs and the quiet beauty of the rolling sandhills.

Managed Plant Species


Hydrilla is a submersed, much-branched, perennial herb, usually rooted but frequently with fragments seen drifting in the water.


Water-hyacinth is a floating plant that has clusters of leaves with spongy stalks arising from a base of dark purple feathery roots.

Old World Climbing Fern

LygodiumOld World climbing fern infests residential landscapes, horticultural nurseries, rangelands and other managed lands near infested natural vegetation.

Cogon Grass

Cogon Grass

Cogon grass is considered to be one of the top 10 worst weeds in the world and has extensively invaded north and central Florida.

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FWC Facts:
Four species of black bass occur in Florida's fresh waters. The most popular is the Florida largemouth bass, which can grow to larger than 20 pounds.

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