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Shore things: featured creatures from our beaches.

MAGNIFICEN'T FRIGATEBIRD

Fregata magnificens

Look for them riding weather fronts.

LAUGHING GULL

Leucophaeus atricilla

LEAsT TERN

Sterna antillarum

OSPREY

Pandion haliaetus

SAND FLEA Emerita talpoida

No. they don't bite...

FIRE ANT Solenopsis

...but these do.

DRAGONFLY

Anisoptera

Florida has Ill species of dragonflies.

SANDPIPER

Actitis hypoleucos

WILSON'S PLOVER

Charadrius wilsonia

Builds shallow nests in sand.

AMERICAN OYSTERCATCHER

Haematopus palliatus

GHOST CRAB

Ocypode quadrata

BROWN ANOLE

Anolis sagrei The colorful dewlap is displayed in the mating ritual, or to ward oil predators.

LOGGERHEAD SEA TURTLE

Caretta caretta

Sarasota has the highest density of their nests along the Gulf.

COACHWFHP SNAKE

Masticophis flagellum Often six feet or longer and very fast.

RACCOON

Procyon lotor

Smaller than its Northern cousin.

CHOCTAWATCHEE BEACH MOUSE

Peromyscus polionotus allophrys Endangered

MARSH RABBIT

Sylvitagus palustris

COQUINA

Donax variabilis

These fingernail-size mollusks are edible.

GOPHER TORTOISE

Gopherus polyphemus

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Title Annotation:HEAT INDEX
Publication:Sarasota Magazine
Date:Dec 1, 2013
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