Florida also has a rich diversity of vertebrate animals including:

  • Amphibians
  • Birds
  • Fish
  • Mammals
  • Reptiles
  1. Amphibians
  2. Birds
  3. Fish
  4. Mammals
  5. Reptiles

Bright Green Tree FrogAmphibians

Amphibians such as salamanders and frogs are animals that usually lay their eggs in water. Northern Florida is home to some very large aquatic salamanders, including amphiumas and sirens, that never leave the water. Other salamanders such as the peninsula newt have terrestrial adults, but their eggs and larvae are aquatic. Similarly, many kinds of tree frogs (southern spring peeper, green, pinewoods, barking, and squirrel tree frog) have terrestrial adults. In contrast, the bullfrog, bronze frog, pig frog, river frog, and southern leopard frog are usually found in water. However, on rainy nights adults of these larger frogs often disperse and can sometimes be found hopping across roads, fields, and yards as they search for new homes.

The Cuban tree frog is an exotic species in Florida that eats our native tree frogs. This invasive species has been spreading, but is found mostly in urban areas in northern Florida.