Travel & Places Outdoors

Animals in the Smokey Mountains

The Great Smokey Mountains offer more than just an abundance of trees and waterfalls.
It offers wildlife galore.
Come and see for yourself everything there is to see, you will not regret it.
There is beauty all around, you just have to open your eyes.
This park has plenty of unique animals, so grab your cameras.
During the arrival of spring comes a very interesting creature.
Lizards are abundant in the Smokey's and five species are located in this park.
The Blue Tail Skink is one of the most interesting.
It has an almost neon glow as it basks on rock seeking warmth and showing off its blue tail.
This lizard has very vibrant lines down the length of its back and only its tail has the blue color.
The bright blue color is only in the most immature lizards.
In the case that this lizard must defend its self it has quite a strategy.
It literally sheds its tail and leaves it on the ground.
For several moments, the tail is twitching as if it was still there.
The tail soon grows back and all is restored.
Luckily for us this lizard is not very shy.
It routinely sets up camp along side visitors to the park.
The national park has many more animals to view than a simple, yet amazing, little lizard.
There are 66 species of mammals, more than 200 different types of birds, and 50 species of fish native to this area.
Along with the Blue Tail Skink there are over 80 types of amphibians and reptiles.
The very symbol of the Smokey Mountain National Park is the Black Bear.
It has been here long before any of us started visiting the park and should be treated with such respect.
They are incredible to view...
from afar.
I have had a few close encounters with bears in the park and it can be quite an experience.
The park has the largest population of Black Bears in the Eastern United States.
There are estimations of more than 1,500 hundred bears present here.
I have stood within grasp of a whitetail deer on a trail called Alumns Cave.
The worst thing a deer has had happen to them in this park is the occasion scare of flash photography.
The seclusion and general geography of the land permits animals that are usually found in more northern parts of land to live here.
There are 700 hundred miles of flowing water which creates incredible a fantastic trout habitat.
Any fishermen out there? So, bring your camera, bring your friends, and most of all bring your respect for each and every animal here in the Great Smokey Mountain National Park.
You will leave with a smile on your face.

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