Johns Island has always been known for its abundance of wildlife species: deer, alligators, raccoons, coyotes, bobcats, otters, wild hogs with the rivers and surrounding marshes offering numerous fish including dolphins and shellfish, particularly oysters. Bird species are in the hundreds: bald eagles, osprey, wild turkeys, owls, hawks, herons, egrets and ducks. This island has also been known for its agricultural crops, in particular, tomatoes.
The growth of Charleston and enlargement of roads has increased the building on this island, and locals are seeing a major change in this once sleepy and remote island. There are new neighborhoods popping up throughout the island. Those neighborhoods closest to Kiawah seem to have the higher price tags.