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Lappet-faced Vulture “Chick” Update

Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens’ first lappet-faced vulture chick is all grown up! As of Oct. 12, she will be 8 months old and independent from her parents—although, you may still see her stealing food from them on occasion.   Our lovely lady is no longer the little bundle we hand-fed a few months ago. As of early May, she weighed in at 13 pounds, only 2 pounds less than her mother. Lappets can weigh up to 30 pounds!     Despite her size, you can still... Read More
at 9/23/20
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Is Your Yard Hurricane Ready?

Living in the great state of Florida has many pros and cons.  During the summer, there’s time to go to the beach but you also have to make time to get your yard hurricane ready.  We’re not telling you to go ahead and board your windows up, but there are a few things you can do now to save time when a hurricane starts to swirl in the Atlantic.  There are some steps you can take when hurricane season begins, when an actual hurricane watch begins, and once the storm has... Read More
at 9/23/20
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Eight Eastern Diamondback Rattlesnakes Born

For the first time in our history, a brood of eastern diamondback rattlesnakes were born on July 27th. Eight snakes have been reported eating and shedding at a healthy rate. At birth, each rattlesnake had a single black “button” at the tip of its tail, which is their first rattle. With each shed, they will accumulate another rattle. Diamondbacks can shed multiple times a year, which is why counting rattles is an inaccurate way to determine the age.      ... Read More
at 8/27/20
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Six Local Lizards You May Find in Your Backyard

Happy World Lizard Day! As you enjoy the end of summer, you may be spending more time in your backyard and meeting new repitilian friends. So let's introduce you to some of the common native and non-native lizards found in our area...   Green Anole They are the only native lizard in the Southeast US that can change color. This is probably why they are commonly called chameleons, although this is not true. These anoles can change from bright green to brown... Read More
at 8/13/20
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