Environment & Wildlife

At West Villages, the wildlife and Florida environment are part of the appeal. The developers consider themselves caretakers of the land, with respect for the wetlands, wildlife habitats, plants, animals and waterways that have been here for centuries.

Residents of West Villages can expect to see a variety of wildlife, including sandhill cranes and other birds, squirrels, rabbits, deer, alligators, otters, turtles and other animals in their natural habitats. Bird watchers are in luck, as cardinals, osprey, songbirds, turkeys, herons, white ibis, anhingas, and so many more species are also right at home here.

Living Safely with Wildlife

Alligators are a part of life in Florida. If there’s a body of water, there’s at least one alligator. For the most part, they keep to themselves, however, it’s recommended that you don’t let your pets get close to the water. Also, during the spring, they tend to get a little more active. It is important that we do not interact with the alligators. Do NOT feed them!

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission has material to help Living With Alligators. Also, The FWC advises people who have concerns with an alligator or crocodile posing a threat to people, pets or property, to call the FWC’s Nuisance Alligator Hotline at 866-FWC-GATOR (392-4286).

The sandhill cranes are beautiful birds. However, they do not always pay attention when they are near the streets. Slow down and watch out for them.