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The Captive Wildlife Office within FWC is primarily responsible for regulating the possession of wildlife in captivity in Florida. The Captive Wildlife Office issues licenses and permits for the possession, sale, and exhibition of mammals, birds, reptiles, and amphibians. A permit or license is required to possess, sell, or exhibit wildlife in most cases.


The habitat maps provide information about the predicted distribution of individual native species according to actual habitat characteristics within their general ranges, and allow calculation ofpredicted area of distributions and associations to specific habitat characteristics. The predicted distributions are generated for 455 vertebrate species that regularly occur and are relevant to biodiversity studies in South Carolina. Those species include 65 amphibians, 73 reptiles, 249 birds, and 68 mammals.

Educational Project Permit (Form #542-1368)A permit for protected live birds, mammals, reptiles, amphibians, fish, or invertebrate species other than raptors may be issued to any university, college, school, county conservation board, public agency, other organization, or person engaged in a natural resource education program approved by the Department of Natural Resources. A permit for raptors may be issued under special circumstances.- Educational Project Report Form (Form #542-0258)

Wildlife Rehabilitation PermitA license to take and temporarily possess injured, sick, or orphaned state-protected species of birds, mammals, amphibians, or reptiles with the intent to return the animal to its natural habitat as soon as possible. Wildlife Rehabilitation Application (Form #542-1387)Wildlife Rehabilitation Application (Form #542-1387)

Wildlife Salvage Permit (Form #542-1366)A permit for state-protected species of birds, mammals, amphibians, reptiles, fish, or invertebrates which have died as a result of natural causes or accidents. It may be issued to any university, college, school, county conservation board, public agency, other organization, or person engaged in a natural resource education program approved by the Department of Natural Resources.- Wildlife Salvage Report Form (Form #542-1266)

The zoological collections include separate collections of mollusks, crustaceans, fish, amphibians, reptiles, mammals, and birds, as well as associated genetic resources. Our collections are used in teaching, research, and outreach, and we are participants in online data-sharing networks including ARCTOS, iDigBio, GBIF, and our own Minnesota Biodiversity Atlas. The zoological collections are located in the Ecology Building on the Saint Paul campus of the University of Minnesota at 1992 Upper Buford Circle.

Though wetlands are most often associated with waterfowl and bird species, they provide essential habitat for a wide variety of species - birds, mammals, reptiles, amphibians, fish, and insects - up to 45% of which are rare and endangered. The high rate of wetland loss has contributed to the endangered status of many species. Some species, such as the wood duck and muskrat, spend most of their life within wetlands, while others - striped bass, peregrine falcon and deer - occasionally visit wetlands for food, water, or shelter. Those species that require wetland habitat to complete at least a portion of their life cycle are called obligate species.(1) Why are wetlands favored by so many species? They attract wildlife for a number of reasons:(1)

U.S. Local Wildlife Guides: What's in Your Backyard? Enter your zip code and get a local wildlife guide specific to your area of Florida. Guides include photographs, audio clips and track identification for mammals, birds, amphibians, reptiles, butterflies and trees and wildflowers.

Wetlands are among the most productive ecosystems in the world, comparable to rain forests and coral reefs. An immense variety of species of microbes, plants, insects, amphibians, reptiles, birds, fish and mammals can be part of a wetland ecosystem. Climate, landscape shape (topology), geology and the movement and abundance of water help to determine the plants and animals that inhabit each wetland. The complex, dynamic relationships among the organisms inhabiting the wetland environment are called food webs. This is why wetlands in Texas, North Carolina and Alaska differ from one another.

Hawaii Wildlife is the perfect pocket-sized, folding guide for the nature enthusiast. This beautifully illustrated guide highlights over 140 familiar species of birds, mammals, reptiles, amphibians, butterflies and seashore life and includes a map featuring prominent state-wide wildlife sanctuaries. Laminated for durability, this handy guide is a great source of portable information and ideal for field use by novices and experts alike.

There are more than 7,000 living species of amphibians in the world. These include the worm-like caecilians, tailed salamanders, and tail-less frogs and toads. Like fishes, reptiles, birds, and mammals, amphibians are vertebrates. Most have a moist, outer layer of skin of dead cells that protects against rapid water loss through evaporation.

(1) Purpose and Scope. The purpose of 321 CMR 2.12 is to establish the procedural and substantive requirements for the licensing, possession, propagation, maintenance, and disposition of wild birds, mammals, reptiles and amphibians. 321 CMR 2.12 is designed to protect wild animals from unnecessary or undesirable interference and from improper treatment. 321 CMR 2.12 is also necessary for the protection of the public health, welfare and safety when wild animals are possessed, maintained or propagated in Massachusetts.

All tetrapod vertebrates evolved from the lobe-finned fish. These lobe-finned fish had multi-jointed fins with digits that they used to crawl at the bottom of the sea. Some developed lungs that helped them breath when the swamps had low oxygen. The fins eventually evolved into limbs, and they became the ancestor of the tetrapods (mammals, birds, reptiles, and amphibians). The amphibian-like creatures evolved into two groups: the amphibians and the amniotes. The amniotes were further split into mammals and reptiles. Even though they are related and have numerous physical similarities, amphibians are not reptiles. 041b061a72


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