- Size: Adult males can reach up to 12 ft;
females, up to 10 ft and can weigh 400
to 1000 lbs.
- Habitat: Found in both man-made and
freshwater lakes; ponds, rivers and wetland
- Lifespan: 30-35 years in a natural habitat.
- Diet: Feeds on fishes, turtles, mammals,
snakes, birds and even other alligators.
- Unlike other reptiles, female alligators
will protect her young for up to 2 years
after hatching. The first 2 years are the
most critical in the life of an alligator.
80% or more may fall victim to wading
birds, raccoons, bobcats, otters, snakes,
large bass and even other alligators.
Eastern Box Turtle
Terrapene carolina carolina
- Size: Small to medium sized turtles
reaching a maximum length of 8 inches.
- Habitat: Eastern Box turtles inhabit a wide
variety of habitats from wooded
swamps to dry, grassy fields; however,
they are most abundant and healthy in
moist forested areas with plenty of underbrush.
- Lifespan: Commonly reach 25 to 30
years of age, but have been documented
as old as 50 years.
- Diet: Eastern Box turtles will eat almost anything,
animal or plant, they can fit in
their mouths; however, insects, fruits,
berries, vegetables and even carrion are
most common. Interestingly, box turtles
are even able to eat many mushrooms
that are toxic to humans.
Red Eared Slider
Trachemys scripta elegans
- Size: Red Eared Sliders average in
length from 5 to 8 inches. The male is
usually smaller with a much thicker and
- Habitat: Most freshwater systems such
as lakes, streams, swamps, ponds and
rivers. They prefer the quiet waters of
marshes, sluggish waters and ponds
that have soft bottoms with numerous
basking sites and abundant vegetation.
- Lifespan: Can live as long as 20 years in
a natural environment.
- Diet: Young sliders tend to be more carnivorous
than adults, eating aquatic
snails, tadpoles, crawfish, fish, crustaceans
and mollusks. As they age, the
diet will consist of mostly vegetation.
Elaphe guttata guttata
- Size: Corn snakes can reach lengths of up to 5 feet.
- Habitat: Prefer overgrown fields, forest
openings, trees, palmetto flatwoods and
- Lifespan: Corn snakes can live up
to 10 years.
- Diet: Consists mostly of rodents
such as mice and rats. Prey is
killed by constriction. They are
also proficient climbers and will
climb trees in search of birds and
- So named because of the maize-like
pattern on their body. Also known
as a red rat snake.