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Where Do Turkeys Live?

Wild turkeys are found in 49 of the 50 states (all except Alaska). They can be seen from southern Canada to southern Mexico. Many species have also been introduced into Europe and New Zealand.

Turkeys are able to live in many different areas, including in the forests on the edge of suburban areas. The requirements a wild turkey has when making its home are: a nearby source of water, an adequate food supply, a few areas of shelter, herbaceous forests for roosting, and an open area for mating, eating, and nesting. The Florida wild turkey is mainly found on the panhandle of Florida, in areas of mixed forest and hardwood hammocks.

What Is Their Habitat in the Wild Like?

The Florida wild turkey is found on the panhandle of Florida, in areas of mixed forest and hardwood hammocks. Its darker coloration makes it a perfect candidate for the pinewoods, oak, and palmettos that are located in that part of Florida. The eastern subspecies of wild turkey is found more throughout the panhandle of Florida. Both species prefer to be around areas with vegetation that is no more than three feet tall. This allows the turkeys to use their long necks to see through or over the vegetation to check for predators.

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