Bears use a variety of habitats depending on the season.  Ideal habitats provide food, shelter, and corridors for travel.

Flatwoods

habitat-flatwoods

Swamps

habitat-swamps

Scrub oak ridges

habitat-scrub

Bayheads

habitat-bayheads


Preferred habitats contain trees and shrubs that produce nuts and fruits.   There are 19 species of oaks native to Florida and each produces a different kind of acorn, most are seasonal favorites of bears. The most important plants to Florida’s bears are palmettos (Serenoa repens).

 habitat-palmetto habitat-palmetto-berry

Bears eat the heart and berries from the plant and female bears den in dense palmetto stands when giving birth every other year in late January or early February.

 



FWC Facts:
American alligators have 78 to 82 teeth and may lose and replace 2,000 to 3,000 teeth in a lifetime.

Learn More at AskFWC