If you have any questions about the wildlife of Tampa, you can contact the Florida Wildlife Commission, sometimes called the Florida Fish & Wildlife Agency. Florida game wardens address many wildlife management matters, from hunting licenses, to poaching, endangered species, and Tampa wildlife management. They deal with wild animals outside the range of a pest control company, such as cougars or bears. If you have a problem with nuisance wildlife in Tampa like squirrels, snakes, bats, or raccoons, the state agency is very unlikely to help. You need to hire a private company (here are their prices) such as All Pro Wildlife, LLC at (813) 404-7033.
FL State bird: Northern mockingbird
State mammal: Florida panther, manatee, dolphin
State reptile: Loggerhead sea turtle
State amphibian: N/A
State fish: Florida largemouth bass, Atlantic sailfish
State insect: Zebra longwing Butterfly
Florida is a warm, southern state with everything from orange trees to a large, central swamp known as The Everglades. As you might imagine, this makes for a variety of interesting creatures both land-loving and aquatic. In fact, Florida is so appealing to animals, species not native to the state have been able to move in and thrive. The perfect examples of this are the Burmese Python and the red-tail boa constrictors. These snakes are not native to North America, but so many were released of escape into the Florida wild that a breeding population was spotted in The Everglades. This is not necessarily a good thing, as many native creatures-raccoons and small mammals in particular-have begun to vanish from that region of the state. Not even a smaller alligator can always withstand an attack from the Burmese Python.
Alligators are used to being at the top of the food chain, and because of this the large reptiles are often nuisances around homes, where people fear attacks on themselves and pets. Particularly dangerous are alligators over 8 feet, during the mating season in May. Florida's suburbs are often surrounded by water, and alligators make good use of the man-made channels and canals around the region. Another problematic reptile is the iguana, which is significantly smaller than the alligator but large enough in its own right.
The warm climate in this state means reptiles and amphibians are plentiful. Florida has four venomous species of snakes, all of which can sneak into a yard at any moment. However, they are relatively rare. They include the Eastern Diamondback, the Pigmy Rattler, the Eastern Coral Snake, and the Cottonmouth, or Water Moccasin. Cottonmouth snakes are drawn to water-something most homes have in Florida. Thankfully, most snakes will move out of a lawn after a day or so. Some of these snakes like to live in the water, adding to the list of semi-aquatic animals that can become problematic. Other water-loving pests include beavers, otters, and muskrats. Nutria, another semi-aquatic rodent, are another example of a non-native species moving in and making itself at home.
One animal people don't think much about when they think of Florida is the armadillo. This little creature is not just a problem for the south central states. Florida has armadillos, too, probably more per area than any other state, because they thrive in FL's sandy soil, and they will cause just as much damage in Florida as any other state. They keep several burrows, and dig up lawns as they search for worms and grubs.
Due to the variety of landscapes in this state, Florida also has some large land predators. The Florida panther, an endangered species, is not usually a nuisance animal. It is rarely spotted. What the panther lacks in pest-ability, the black bear makes up for. The surge of tourists into the state has made black bears bold about raiding garbage cans and invading campgrounds. However, black bear attacks on people are rare.
To report a dead animal on the road, an injured bird, a lost baby squirrel, a dangerous bear, or anything like that, call animal services at (813) 744-5660
If they can't help, call the Florida Wildlife Commission at (813) 744-5660. You can also call your local sheriff department at (813) 744-5660 - they often deal with public wildlife issues.
We are experts with all kinds of FL wildlife and are familiar with the wild animals native to Tampa. If you need Tampa pigeon control, geese or other bird removal, we can help. We are experts with skunks and
skunk problems, digging animals such as moles, armadillos, & groundhogs, and we offer Florida beaver control and removal. All Pro Wildlife, LLC also provides dead animal removal services. (813) 404-7033
All Pro Wildlife LLC is the most professional, best equipped, and most knowledgeable wildlife control company in the Tampa Bay area. We are one of the few properly fully licensed and insured companies in the state, and our services is second to none. Our range includes the entire Tampa Bay region, north to Carrollwood, east to Brandon, and south to Apollo Beach.
A federal program to protect species without listing them as endangered got a major boost this week. Florida has an abundance of wildlife, and Tampa is no exception.
All 50 states, including Florida, have now submitted detailed plans for protecting common species, federal officials said. The program emerged through a federal law in 2000, and through it some $400 million in grants have already been issued to states. Although several species of wildlife roam Tampa, only a few, such as raccoons and Eastern Gray Squirrels and rats, are considered pest wildlife.
But to keep the grant money flowing, states had until 2005 to develop their individual wildlife strategies. "We all recognize that the feds cannot do it alone," U.S. Secretary of the Interior Gale Norton said Wednesday in a conference call about the program, dubbed "Teaming with Wildlife." Florida has many reptiles, and it's important to be able to identify Tampa snake species and mammals.
But drafting a state strategy, said Christine Small of the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, was extremely involved. Florida has already received $15.5 million through the program for monitoring butterflies, cleaning up the Chipola River watershed in the Panhandle, and monitoring fish in Gulf Coast streams, among other activities.
If you have a Tampa wildlife problem and need help, call All Pro Wildlife, LLC at (813) 404-7033. They provide professional wildlife control for both residential & commercial customers in the city of Tampa. They offer custom Tampa wildlife control solutions for almost any type of wildlife problem, whether it be the noises of squirrels running through the attic, a colony of bats living in a building, or the destructive behavior of a raccoon, they have the experience and the tools to quickly and professionally solve your wild animal problem in Hillsborough County in Florida. Check their prices, and for a consultation, give them a call at (813) 404-7033
Tampa was incorporated on January 18, 1849, and its name may be a native American name that stands for "Sticks of Fire". Then again, it may stand for "Land of Many Critters and Pests". Historians are not sure which of the two names is more accurate. Phosphate was discovered in the area in 1883 and Tampa is now one of the world's leading phosphate exporters. It's also probably one of the world's leading snake importers, because there's exotic snakes everywhere. Neighborhoods in Tampa include Ballast Point, Belmont Heights, and rat control in Forest Hills, Jackson Heights, New Tampa, Palma Ceia, Palmetto Beach-Grant Park, Port Tampa-Interbay, Seminole Heights, Sulphur Springs, Tampa Heights, West Tampa, and Ybor City. We also service the towns of Hernando Beach, Clearwater Beach, and wildlife trapping in Sun City Center, Apollo Beach, San Antonio, Odessa, Safety Harbor, Palm Harbor, Redington Beach, Oldsmar, Land O Lakes, Weeki Wachee and also animal control in Northdale, Valrico, Brandon, Redington Shores, and animal capture in Seminole, Belleair, Holiday, Ruskin, Wesley Chapel, Tarpon Springs, Dover, Carrollwood and pest control in Crystal Beach, Kenneth City, Spring Hill, Trinity, Belleair Beach, Riverview, and snake removal in Seffner, Bay Pines and wild animal services in St Petersburg, Madeira Beach, Zephyrhills, Indian Rocks Beach, Pinellas Park, Temple Terrace, Plant City, Brooksville, St Pete Beach and wildlife management in Gulfport, Port Richey, Dade City, and snake removal in Treasure Island, Dunedin, Gibsonton, Citrus Park, Hudson.
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