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Large python removed! 🐍👏🏼 This 18-foot Burmese python was caught in Everglades Francis S. Taylor WMA by one of our Python Removal Contractors. During cooler months, people are more likely to see pythons during the day. Report sightings to the Exotic Species Hotline (888-IVE-GOT1), on www.IveGot1.org, or using the IveGot1 app. FWC photo #Python #BurmesePython #Removal #Everglades #WMA #WMAzing #Exotic #Species #Florida #MyFWC #FWC


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WINNER! 🐟🏆👏🏼 Catching a 15-pound, 11-ounce bass won Michael Donohue the titles of Hall of Fame angler and TrophyCatch Season 6 Champion! Swipe up on our Instagram Story for the full story! #TrophyCatch #Winner #Florida #Fishing #Bass #Angler #Champion #MyFWC #FWC #Picoftheday #Photooftheday


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What’s in a name? 🤔🐟Like many saltwater fish, spotted seatrout is known by many names. Speckled seatrout, or specks are popular names. If you catch a really big one, you can even call them “gator trout,” because of the large teeth. Your input will help us understand your thoughts of managing seatrout. Swipe up our on Instagram Story to take our survey! #Fish #Fishing #SpottedSeatrout #SpeckledSeatrout #Specks #GatorTrout #Wildlife #Conservation #MyFWC #FWC #Florida


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Record-sized gopher tortoise 🐢🏆A huge gopher tortoise was admitted to CROW - Clinic for the Rehabilitation of Wildlife, Inc. After weighing and measuring the reptile, biologists agree he is the largest on record, weighing in at 33.64 pounds and 17.32 inches long! Swipe up on our Instagram Story to learn more 😊 Photo by CROW Clinic. Left to right: Box #turtle, another gopher tortoise patient and the record-size gopher tortoise! #GopherTortoise #Record #News #Reptile #Wildlife #Conservation #MyFWC #FWC #Florida #Picoftheday #Photooftheday


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Only in Florida ☀️🐭🌴 The Florida mouse is found nowhere else on earth but in our state! It is adapted to living in dry, sandy scrub and sandhill habitats, which occur in small patches that are scattered throughout much of peninsular Florida, and is often found in gopher tortoise burrows. Our scientists and partners have completed a genetic study of these unique mice, and this research is helping us develop management strategies to ensure that our one-of-a-kind wildlife is here for future generations. Thanks to Florida's State Wildlife Grants Program for funding the project, which is supported by the federal State and Tribal Wildlife Grants Program. Photo by James Austin #FloridaMouse #Florida #Mouse #Wildlife #GopherTortoiseBurrow #Mice #Conservation #MyFWC #FWC #Picoftheday #Photooftheday


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Imagine yourself in the Florida Keys! 😎🌴 Have family and friends in town? Want to trade the hustle and bustle for a tropical paradise? Escape to the Sunshine State’s great outdoors for fun and relaxation this holiday season! Enjoy beautiful wildlife and scenery as you hike, bike, boat and fish on wildlife management areas like the Florida Keys Wildlife and Environmental Area. On the trail or the water, you may spot Key deer, Schaus swallowtail butterflies, roseate spoonbills, lower Keys Marsh rabbits and white-crowned pigeons. Take away memories but help us conserve wildlife and keep areas pristine by leaving nothing behind. #FLKeys #Florida #Friends #Family #Paradise #Hike #Bike #Boat #Fish #WMA #WMAzing #MyFWC #FWC


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Christmas cheer for the children ❤️🎅🏼💚Jingle bells, jingle bells, jingle all the way…Oh what fun it is to ride in an FWC “sleigh!” Our officers were proud to participate in the 11th annual Christmas with an Officer event hosted by the Flagler County Sherriff’s Office in partnership with Target. This is the seventh year our officers have taken children on a shopping spree to buy gifts for their families, friends and—of course—themselves! This year, our officers adopted 14 children. Maybe you can find a way to spread holiday joy, too! #Christmas #Holiday #Gifts #Officer #LawEnforcement #Joy #FlaglerCounty #Florida #Target #MyFWC #FWC #FWCOfficer FWC photos


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Little blue eyes 👀💙 Did you know that bay scallops have many tiny, blue eyes lining the outer rim of the shells? These eyes help detect movement and serve as a warning system. We are gathering input on the bay scallop season structure for 2020 and beyond. Swipe up on our Instagram Story to participate in the online survey! FWC photo by Carol Lyn Parrish #Scallop #Scalloping #Blue #Eyes #Shell #BayScallop #Wildlife #Conservation #MyFWC #FWC #Florida #Survey


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Hope for the blues! 🦋 Twenty years ago, the Miami blue butterfly had vanished and was thought to be extinct. So, when populations of this small butterfly were discovered in the Florida Keys in 1999 and 2006, biologists sprang into action! Swipe up on our Instagram Story to learn about efforts by the FWC and partners to help this endangered butterfly that once fluttered along coasts from Tampa Bay and Daytona Beach southward to the Dry Tortugas. Photos of Adult Miami blue butterflies by Jaret C. Daniels, Florida Museum of Natural History. FWC photo of Caterpillar release by Peter Kleinhenz. #Butterfly #MiamiBlueButterfly #FloridaKeys #TampaBay #DaytonaBeach #DryTortugas #Florida #Wildlife #Conservation #MyFWC #FWC


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A whole lot of nesting going on 😃🐢👏🏼 It was a busy nesting season for sea turtles in 2018! See for yourself by checking out the our @fwcresearch “Index Nesting Beach Survey” summary of sea turtle nest numbers! We sincerely appreciate all the beachgoers who turned off lights and shared our beaches with sea turtles and hatchlings by giving them space during nesting season! Final statewide nesting totals will be released in 2019, so keep a lookout! Photo courtesy of Loggerhead Marinelife Center #SeaTurtle #Turtle #Nesting #Season #Wildlife #Conservation #Beach #MyFWC #FWC #Picoftheday #Photooftheday


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It’s not only ugly... it’s illegal! Our public lands are beautiful and serve as habitats for many fish and wildlife. Unfortunately, ugly mounds of dumped trash are sometimes found in natural areas of our state. In this case, someone dumped old furniture and other refuse in Citrus Wildlife Management Area. Charges can range from a second degree misdemeanor to a third degree felony, and could result in fines and jail time. If you see someone dumping trash on any WMA in the state, please call our Wildlife Alert Hotline at 888-404-3922 to report it. You could be eligible for a reward! FWC photo by Rick Spratt *Note: Citrus County residents may annually take up to 1,000 pounds of furniture and carpet to the county landfill free of charge. Check with your local landfill or recycling business so that you can dispose of appliances, furniture and other large garbage responsibly. #PublicLand #Fish #Wildlife #Trash #Dumped #CitrusWildlifeManagementArea #WMA #CitrusCounty #Florida #MyFWC #FWC


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Have you seen me limpkin around? 😏 The limpkin is a long-legged species of waterbird named for its perceived limp when it walks. It inhabits shallows along rivers, streams, lakes, marshes and sloughs. In the United States, the limpkin is found only in Florida and its primary food source is the apple snail. Swipe up on our Instagram Story for a limpkin video! #Limpkin #Bird #WaterBird #BirdsofInstagram #Wildlife #Conservation #AppleSnail #MyFWC #FWC #Florida #Picoftheday #Photooftheday FWC photo


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