Shared Space: A Photo Essay of Wildlife in Charlotte

11 pictures of the animals that lurk in the weeds—and sometimes show their faces—around Charlotte



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A turtle crossing sign at Reedy Creek Park alerts drivers to keep and eye out for reptiles crossing the road.

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A fawn stares out from the woods in the early evening in Sardis Hills.


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A doe trots across a yard in the Sardis Hills neighborhood. 


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Fun fawn facts: The average fawn can stand within 30 minutes of being born, has 300 spots, and will be able to outrun most danger within three to four weeks, according to Outdoor Life. These two are hoping to cross a road in the southeast Charlotte.


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A broad-winged hawk takes off from a yard in the Country Club Heights neighborhood near uptown.


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Nature preserves and wildlife refuges around Charlotte are great places to see things you might not encounter otherwise. But even if you don’t spot a new creature on your trip, most of them have cameras around the property to let you know what’s there. At Reedy Creek Park in northeast Charlotte, cameras captured a Luna moth, which can have a wingspan of more than four inches.


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An Eastern red bat dangles at McDowell Nature Preserve (bats, by the way, love to snack on moths).


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A box turtle roams McDowell Nature Preserve. 


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North American river otters can hold their breath underwater for long lengths of time, but this one’s strolling through Cowan’s Ford Wildlife Refuge.


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Cameras caught images of red fox kits at McDowell Nature Preserve near Lake Wylie recently. Red foxes live about five years.


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Come to Cowan’s Ford Wildlife Refuge in Huntersville, and you might see a wild turkey.


This article appears in the October 2016 issue of Charlotte Magazine

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