Many believe Southeast U.S. alligators are man-eaters. Alligators are shy around people. Breeding season is the most dangerous time near alligators, as males are more territorial and females guard their nests and offspring.

American Alligator

Ambush predators alligator snappers wait for food to swim into their mouth before catching it. Often found in swamps and bogs, they can hold their breath for 50 minutes and look like huge boulders.

Alligator Snapping Turtle

Pygmy Sunfish are prevalent among Florida's floating plant roots and water grasses. Due to their small size, they're popular as aquarium nano fish. In their natural habitat, pygmy sunfish eat worms and invertebrates.

Pygmy Sunfish

Cottonmouths lead. These venomous snakes terrify predators but don't chase and bite humans. Cottonmouths bite when stepped on or handled. They birth every 2-3 years.


Mosquitos are the world's deadliest animal, killing nearly a million humans annually. They can swallow diseases when biting an animal and then spread them. Over 80 kinds of mosquitoes feed on mammals in the Everglades.


These lovely critters are the torment of fish farmers' existence due to their insatiable appetite. River otters live in beaver dens along riverbanks. They live in groups and consume anything they catch.

River Otters

Marshes and wetlands are where snowy egrets fish. In addition to seafood, they eat frogs and snakes. These egrets swim with their long, slender legs to find food.

Snowy Egret 

These duck-like critters, called mud hens, are linked to cranes. If there's no food on the surface, they'll dive for aquatic plants. Huge feet enable them paddle and walk on watery plants.

American Coot

Water-loving rabbits. Strong swimmers, only their faces are visible. Aquatic and terrestrial vegetation. These rabbits aren't cottontails. They have smaller bodies, ears, and legs than cottontails and walk like cats.

Marsh Rabbit

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