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Anhinga or Snake Birds of Florida

Water Turkeys of Florida

Friday August 18, 2017

My father, Richard Bradley Sr. simply called the anhinga a "snake bird" because of it's habit of swimming with it's long neck and skinny head out of the water and looking very much like a snake swimming along. Our area in East Central Florida has many anhinga's and you'll often see them spreading their wings and drying them in the Florida sunshine after a swim.

Anhinga feed on fish and other marine organisms and can swim under water quickly in pursuit of their prey. Many people mistake the Anhinga for Cormorants which have shorter tails and blunter curved and stockier bills. They also lack the silver on the wings.

Water Turkeys of Florida

Male Anhinga have all black with silver patches on their wings and females have a brown head and neck. The anhinga in the adjacent photograph is a male. Both have a raspy croaking sound that can often be heard on the waterway.


1). Cornell lab of Ornithology "Anhinga's" All About Birds and the Anhinga


The Anhinga is a natural waterfowl in the southern United States inhabiting much of the lakes and saltwater estuaries along the Florida coastline. Anhingas are often called Water Turkeys or Snake Birds.

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Captain Richard Bradley is the author and contributor for many of the articles written on the Lagooner website. Richard is a professional fishing guide, taking anglers in his native waters near the Banana and Mosquito Lagoons on Florida's central east coast almost three hundred trips seasonally. When not charter fishing, Captain Richard enjoys time with his family surfing, fishing, camping and various other outdoor activities.

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