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The Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge provides a range of seven different habitats, from coastal dunes, saltwater estuaries, freshwater impoundments and marshes, to dunes, hardwood hammocks, pine flatwoods and scrub. Because of this the Wildlife Refuge is rich in over 1000 species of plants, and home to 117 species of fish, 68 amphibians and reptiles, 330 birds, and 31 mammal species; 21 of these species are listed as endangered either by the state of Florida or by the US government. Some of the endangered species are: West Indian Manatee, Wood stork, Roseate Tern, Florida Salt Marsh Snake, Eastern Indigo Snake, Florida Scrub Jay, American Alligator, Green, Leatherback and Loggerhead Turtles.

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