Animals in the Everglades

The Florida Everglades cover the swampy wetlands, sawgrass prairies, and mangrove forests in the state of Florida, United States. Around 20% of the southern part of the Everglades is protected by the Everglades National Park. Hundreds of plants and animals are native to these regions, including over 300 birds and 40 mammals.

The subtropical climate is characterized by hot and humid summers and mild winters. As a result, winters are the best time to visit the place when the low levels of standing waters make the animals gather at specific water locations. The Anhinga Trail, Shark Valley, and Eco Pond are good spots to view freshwater animals and alligators. Spots like the Snake Bight and Chokoloskee Bay are excellent birdwatching points.

The following list mainly includes the native animals in the Everglades National Park and the general Everglades region.

Animals in the Everglades

List of Different Types of Animals Found in the Everglades National Park

Mammals

Birds

Reptiles

Amphibians

  • American Bullfrog
  • Green Treefrog
  • Southern Leopard Frog
  • Southern Cricket Frog
  • Squirrel Treefrog
  • Cuban Treefrog
  • Florida Chorus Frog
  • Pig Frog
  • Oak Toad
  • Southern Toad
  • Eastern Narrow-mouth Toad
  • Eastern Narrow-mouthed Toad
  • Eastern Spadefoot Toad
  • Southern Toad
  • Southern Dwarf Siren
  • Peninsula Newt
  • Greater Siren

Fishes

  • Snook
  • Redfish
  • Spotted Seatrout
  • Tarpon
  • Florida Gar
  • Alligator Gar
  • Spotted Gar
  • Bonefish
  • Permit
  • Snapper
  • Bluegill
  • Gulf Toadfish
  • Largemouth Bass
  • Peacock Bass
  • Black Crappie
  • Chain Pickerel
  • Longnose Gar
  • Gulf Killifish
  • Seminole Killifish
  • Bluefin Killifish
  • Everglades Pygmy Sunfish

Insects and Invertebrates

The Everglades National Park is home to thousands of insects, though many are yet to be documented. The insects currently found here are divided into around 30 groups, including beetles, ants, butterflies, and bees. A few common insects and invertebrates include:

  • Zebra Longwing Butterfly
  • Eastern Eyed Click Beetle
  • Six-Spotted Tiger Beetle
  • Carpenter Ant
  • Lubber Grasshopper
  • Green Bottle Fly
  • Paper Wasp
  • Io Moth
  • Lightning Bug
  • Southeastern Dog-Day Cicada
  • Blue-fronted Dancer Damselfly
  • Eastern Pondhawk Dragonfly
  • Snowy Tree Cricket
  • Florida Predatory Stink Bug
  • Walkingstick Insect
  • Golden Silk Spider
  • Golden Orb Spiders
  • Tree Snail

Invasive Animals in Florida Everglades

The Evergaldes National Forest house several invasive animals, fishes, and invertebrates 

  • Burmese Python
  • Green Iguana
  • Nile Monitor
  • Wild Boar
  • Feral Cat
  • Black Rat
  • Bromeliad Beetle
  • Island Apple Snail
  • Asiatic Clam
  • Orinoco Sailfin Catfish
  • Mayan Cichlid
  • Walking Catfish
  • Monk Parakeet

FAQ

What are the most dangerous animals in Florida Everglades?

With reptiles like the American alligator, American crocodile, and the invasive Burmese python, the Everglades have its fair share of deadly animals. Additionally, venomous snakes and spiders like eastern diamondback, dusky pygmy rattlesnake, Florida cottonmouth, widow spider, and Brown recluse are also there. Large carnivores like the Florida panther and Florida black bear are also among the most dangerous animals in this region.

Are any of the animals living in the Everglades endangered?

The Florida panther is one of the rarest and most endangered animals in the Everglades and is found only in Florida. Other animals classified as endangered or threatened in this national park are the American crocodile, American alligator, West Indian manatee, wood stork, and snail kite.

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