Animals & Plants in Georgia's Mountains

Animals & Plants in Georgia's Mountains
Countless plants and animals inhabit the diverse Georgian mountains, different in climate and environment. These plants and animals inhabit Stone Mountain as well as the larger hills and mountains making up the start of the Appalachian Trail.

Common Animals

Everyday sightings of these Georgian animals, whether at mountains or cities and towns, are common. They include chipmunks and squirrels.

Other Animals

Among the diverse group of animals found in the Georgian mountains are raccoons, beavers, otters, bats, wolves, deer and black bears. Animals such as raccoons, beavers and bats are primarily nocturnal.

Game Animals

Although regulations for pursuing these game animals apply, inhabitants of Georgian mountains allowed to be hunted include: deer, bobwhite quails and rabbits.

Threatened Animals

Certain animals' habitats, often found in Georgian mountains, are threatened and thus must be protected by organizations such as the Georgia Department of Natural Resources. Among these creatures are indigo snakes and red-cockade woodpeckers.

Lichens and Mosses

"Perhaps the most successful partnership in the natural world," according to exhibits at Stone Mountain Museum, fungus and algae form together to create lichens and mosses.

Trees and Bushes

The northern Georgian forests, primarily the Chattahoochee and Oconee National Forests, are made up of oak, maple and pine trees. Among the countless plants and shrubs found in the Georgian mountains are Mapleleaf Vivurnum, Strawberry Bushes and Gallberry shrubs.

Article Written By Maria Fernanda Cartaya

Maria Fernanda began writing for publication in 2003. She has lived and experienced the outdoors in North and South America, Europe and Africa. Her work has been published in Spanish newspapers. She earned Bachelor of Arts degrees in international relations and French from Syracuse University and speaks three languages. Maria is working on an international journalism Master of Arts from the University of Westminster.

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