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Population: 15,982,378 (2000)

State Background
Species
Clubs & Organizations
Florida Wildlife Conservation Commission
620 S. Meridian St.
Tallahassee, FL

850-488-4676
http://myfwc.com

State Background

Florida is a state located in the southeastern United States. It is situated mostly on a large peninsula between the Gulf of Mexico, the Atlantic Ocean, and the Straits of Florida. It extends to the northwest into a panhandle, extending along the northern Gulf of Mexico. Florida is bordered on the north by the states of Georgia and Alabama, and on the west, at the end of the panhandle, by Alabama. It is near the countries of the Caribbean, particularly the Bahamas and Cuba.

At 345 feet above mean sea level, Britton Hill is the highest point in Florida and the lowest highpoint of any U.S. state. Much of the interior of Florida, typically 25 miles or more away from the coastline, features rolling hills with elevations ranging from 100 to 250 feet in many locations.

The climate of Florida is tempered somewhat by its proximity to water. Most of the state has a humid subtropical climate, except for the southern tip which borders on tropical and the Florida Keys which have a true tropical climate. Cold fronts can occasionally bring high winds and cool to cold temperatures to the entire state during late fall and winter. The seasons in Florida are actually determined more by precipitation than by temperature with mild to cool, relatively dry winters and autumns (the dry season) and hot, wet springs and summers (the wet season).

Florida's nickname is the "Sunshine State," but severe weather is a common occurrence in the state. It has the highest average precipitation of any state, in large part because afternoon thunderstorms are common in most of the state from late spring until early autumn. Central Florida is known as the lightning capital of the United States, as it experiences more lightning strikes than anywhere else in the country.

State Species

Big Game Aligator Deer  
Waterfowl Brants
Common Moorhens
Coots
Ducks
Gallinules
Geese
Rails
Snipe
Woodcocks
Furbearer Beaver
Bobcat
Coyote
Nutria
Opposum
Otter
Raccoon
Skunk
Small Game Gray Squirrel
Mourning Dove
Quail
Rabbit
White-winged Dove
Wild Hog
Wild Turkey
Sport Fish: Freshwater Alligator Gar
American Eel
American Shad
Atlantic Sturgeon
Black Crappie
Blue Catfish
Bluegill
Bowfin
Brown Bullhead
Chain Pickerel
Channel Catfish
Eastern Mosquito Fish
Flathead Catfish
Flier
Florida Gar
Golden Shiner
Largemouth Bass
Longnose Gar
Redbreast Sunfish
Redear Sunfish
Redeye Bass
Redfin Pickerel
Shoal Bass
Shortnose Sturgeon
Skipjack Herring
Smallmouth Bass
Spotted Bass
Spotted Gar
Spotted Sunfish
Striped Bass
Sunshine Bass
Suwannee Bass
Warmouth
White Bass
White Catfish
Yellow Bullhead
Sport Fish: Saltwater Almaco Jack
American Shad
Atlantic Croaker
Atlantic Sharpnose Shark
Atlantic Spadefish
Banded Rudderfish
Bank Sea Bass
Black Drum
Black Grouper
Black Sea Bass
Blackfin Snapper
Blue Marlin
Bluefish
Bonnethead Shark
Cervalle Jack
Cobia
Dog Snapper
Dolphin
Fantail Mullet
Florida Pompano
Gag
Goliath
Gulf Flounder
King Mackerel
Lane Snapper
Longbill Spearfish
Mutton Snapper
Palometa
Porgy
Queen Snapper
Red Drum
Red Grouper
Red Snapper
Rock Sea Bass
Sailfish
Sand Seatrout
Sandbar Shark
Scalloped Hammerhead
Scamp
Shortfin Mako
Silver Perch
Silver Seatrout
Snook
Spanish Mackerel
Spotted Seatrout
Swordfish
Tarpons
Weakfish
White Grunt
White Marlin
Yellowfin Grouper
Yellowtail Snapper

Clubs & Organizations

Angle Florida Jerry's Indoor Archery
My Florida Hunter Southwest Florida Saltwater & Freshwater Fishing Forum
Sport Fishing Florida The Florida Hunting Trail

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