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Here are some of the most common and distinctive plants and animals of North Carolina, as well as some other natural phenomena that you can spot in nature! Looking over this information can help you spot and identify these species next time you are out in nature. Just click on the photo or name to see more!

Use this key to identify plants, animals, and other phenomena:

Plants

Animals

Other Phenomena

Young white tailed deer in a forest

White-tailed Deer

Animal track in sand

Animal Tracks

Grey sruirrel on a tree root, in motion

Grey Squirrel

Male cardinal on a branch

Cardinal

Oak tree branches with no leaves from a low angle

White Oak

Multiple Venus flytrap plants

Venus Flytraps

Eastern box turtle in shallow water

Turtles

A small red mushroom on the ground, surrounded by twigs and leaves

Mushrooms

Blue jay on a branch

Blue Jays

Pink mountain laurel flowers

Heath

Animal track in sand

Nests

Close up photo of moss

Moss and Lichen

An American beaver holding a log

Beavers

The top of a loblolly pine

Pine

The top of a loblolly pine

Prescribed Burn

Two green holly leaves in the foreground with more visible in the background

Holly

A male and female duck in a lake

Ducks

A male and female duck in a lake

Tree Rings