Some of the imperiled species on Orange County Natural Land include:
Gopher Tortoise (Gopherus polyphemus): Gopher tortoises have been observed on many Green PLACE properties. They tend to dig burrows in open and sunny areas that have patches of bare ground. More than 300 species live in and rely on its burrow for protection.
Indigo Snake (Drymarchon corais coupri): An indigo snake has been observed on the northeast portion of Pine Lily Preserve. Habitat loss, road and intentional killing by humans continue to threaten the remaining indigo snake population.
Sherman’s Fox Squirrel (Sciurus niger shermani): Is the largest species of tree squirrels and has been observed on many Green PLACE properties. They prefer open pine Flatwoods and more oak hammocks. Habitat loss is due to developments and unmanaged natural habitat.
Florida Sandhill Crane (Grus canadensis pratensis): Only an estimated four thousand Florida sandhill cranes remain. Habitats are fast disappearing as Florida continues to lose open rangeland and native prairie to development and agriculture.
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