Explore the profiles below of some of Mississippi's most special and rare creatures. You'll see animals and plants you may never have known existed.
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Rare Reptiles and Amphibians of Mississippi
The largest venomous snake in the U.S. plays an important role in managing rodent populations.
Limited to the 14 southernmost counties, this species is a candidate for listing under the Endangered Species Act.
Commonly known as the Mississippi gopher frog, this species is limited to only 3 ponds in south Mississippi.
One of the oldest living species, the gopher tortoise relies on the disappearing longleaf pine and wiregrass community.
Incredible Invertebrates (animals without backbones)
The American oyster is not only a sought-after delicacy but is crucial to the health of coastal habitats.
Found only at Camp Shelby, this terrestrial crustacean requires the open habitat of pitcher plant wetlands.
Aquatic Species (animals that live in water)
An ancient species, sturgeons require spring-fed free-flowing river with steep banks and a hard bottom.
Researchers estimate that about 120 Louisiana black bears live in Mississippi.
Special Mississippi Plants
Rare native azalea with a honeysuckle-like fragrance.
Did you know this rare plant hasn't changed much since the time before the dinosaurs?
Mississippi's Rare Birds
A graceful raptor, only 150,000 swallow-tailed kites are thought to exist in the world.
How do forest fires help this tree-dwelling endangered bird?