There is an abundance of wildlife in the Lake Jackson basin, both in wooded areas as well as intermingled in urban spaces. Most every mammal common to Florida lives in the basin – white tailed deer, rabbits, opossum, raccoons, fox, river otters, squirrels are the most common.

Rabbit White tail Deer Red Fox
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Waterfowl and wading birds are likewise abundant – white egrets, snowy egrets, great blue herons, Louisiana herons, anhinga and even limpkins enjoy the waters of and around the lake. There are also hawks and bald eagles that inhabit the area full time. (See Free and Wild Again Article on Eagle release on the Lake!)

Louisiana Blue Heron Snowy Egret Common Egret in Flight Limpkin Great Blue Heron at Sunset
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Yes, Lake Jackson also has alligators in abundance! They are most visible and heard during the late winter nesting season. There are also numerous snakes and turtles in and around the lake.


Florida Softshell Turtle


Cottonmouth Water Moccasin


American Alligator


Group of Sunning Turtles

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