Sanibel Island is home to a unique sub species of rice rat found nowhere else in the world, the Sanibel Rice Rat (Oryzomys palustris sanibeli). The main threats to this state-threatened species are habitat loss, degradation (quality of habitat decreased), and fragmentation (division of a habitat to smaller separate habitats). FWC upland habitat scientists are currently involved in a study to determine habitat selection for the Sanibel Island rice rat. Data collected will be used to inform restoration efforts and habitat management decisions.
Photo by Wesley Boone/University of Florida