Pictures of Florida's Wild Animals

Blue Tailed Skink

     A different style lizard than the anoles, these lizards are found near water, and like it moist. Look for them in the hot, humid days of summer near lakes. These multi-colored, four legged chaps have a very fast smooth running style, very different from other lizards' explosive running style. Shy like most lizards, they will retire quickly from any kind of intrusion, and hence they are very difficult to photograph.

A different view of the same skink. You can really see the very long bright blue tail here.

Commonality list

This is my list of the likelihood of seeing various creatures based on my experiences. Of course, you have to be in the right habitat, the odds of seeing a Dolphin in the forest are not very good. Also, these are based a lot on my local area of Hillsborough County (Tampa). A hyperlink means some kind of info and probably some photos are available.


If you are in the appropriate habitat, you should run into one of these. In many cases, you can't avoid them.


These are harder to find. You'll have to spend some time outdoors and probably look a little for these. However, odds are you'll find one after a little effort.


Difficult to find. Usually, it's just luck to find one, or you'll have to look very hard. You'll probably only see one every six months.

Ultra Rare

Very difficult to find. Most people, even people who spend a fair amount of time outdoors, like me, never see one. Consider yourself truely priviledged if you do catch a glimpse of one in the wild.

  • Bald Eagle
  • Florida Panther
  • Bobcat
  • Otter