Alligator snapping turtle.

I know what you’re thinking.  Why on earth would anyone need to know what dangerous animals are in the Florida Everglades?  Surely, no one is looking to go swimming in a swamp.  Wrong!

People are actually searching “Is it safe to swim in the Florida Everglades?”  I actually laughed when I saw the Google response, ABSOLUTELY NOT!  🤣 Now you see why I thought there might be a need to let people know what creatures might be lurking around them.  That is should they choose to refuse the advice from Google and take a plunge anyway.

We all know about the typical swamp creatures, like alligators and snakes.  We see them every single time we drive across Alligator Alley to the east coast.  This is Florida after all, so those come at no surprise.   But what other types of vicious creatures are underneath all of that brown water and muck?  Or perhaps taking a stroll on the waters edge?

If you’ve been on one of those super fun airboat tours out in the Everglades, some of these animal names might have been mentioned.  Heck!  You may have even seen some of these dangerous critters on your tour.

Let’s take a look at 9 of the most dangerous animals in the Florida Everglades.   Some of these animals are also included on this list, Florida Endangered Species List Is Now Up To 39 Species.

If these don’t scare you, you might be interested in hunting them.  Read here about how much python hunters get paid.

  • American Alligator

    The American alligator can be seen in massive numbers.  You’ll see at least 5-10 sunbathing on any given day, as you drive across Alligator Alley.

    Alligator in Everglades National Park

    American Alligator in Everglades National Park

  • Eastern Diamondback Rattlesnake

    This snake is the one most venomous snakes in the state, and actually in the world.  It is also known as the largest rattlesnake.

    Eastern Diamondback Rattlesnake

    Eastern diamondback rattlesnake from Big Cypress National Preserve (adjacent to Everglades National Park), Florida

  • Florida Panther

    The Florida Panther is a beautiful creature and is on the endangered species list.  As you’ll see below, they stalk.  These creatures are not seen too often.

    Stalking behavior of Florida Panther

    Stalking behavior of Florida Panther in Florida. Lurking in bushes.

  • Brown Recluse Spider

    A brown recluse spider is most common in warmer climates.  It is one of the most poisonous spiders in the Everglades.

    A macro shot of a Brown recluse spider

    A macro shot of a Brown recluse spider

  • American Crocodile

    Yes, crocodile.  American crocodiles are found in Florida.  It’s not an alligator.

    American Crocodile swimming in water in South Florida, near Everglades National Park

    American Crocodile swimming in water in South Florida, near Everglades National Park

  • Florida Black Bear

    We see these furry guys walking around neighborhoods in Estero quite often.  With new construction, they’re forced out of their habitats.  But, they are not safe to approach.  They will defend themselves.

    Florida Black Bear in suburban neighborhood

    Florida Black Bear in suburban neighborhood

  • Florida Cottonmouth

    The cottonmouth can be confused with other water snakes. Take extreme caution.  These snakes are venomous with a mortality rate of 17%.

    Florida Cottonmouth or water moccasin snake, close up

    Florida Cottonmouth or water moccasin snake, close up in the Everglades

  • Burmese Python

    These snakes are commonly seen being hunted.  Reason is, they’re becoming an extremely invasive species across the state.  They are constrictors and are non venomous.

    Burmese python or Python bivittatus snake swims in the water in a marsh in the Florida Everglades.

    Burmese python or Python bivittatus snake swims in the water in a marsh in the Florida Everglades.

  • Alligator Snapping Turtle

    Let’s just say this one looks the scariest to me!  I never thought I would be scared of a turtle.  They are much more aggressive on land than they are in the water.

    Alligator snapping turtle.

    Alligator snapping turtle.

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