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Wildlife and Habitats

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.

Learn More about Florida Wildlife

Visit the species profiles to learn more about the many wildlife species that call Florida home.

Captive Wildlife

Florida requires permits for wildlife possession, exhibition and sale. Visit the captive wildlife page to learn more.