The Florida Everglades is home to some interesting creatures. It is also the only ecosystem in the world where alligators and crocodiles reside together. The animals of the everglades are a mix of mystery and beauty, yet some can be quite scary and intimidating. It is a lot of fun to learn about these swamp creatures and the unique ecosystem that they live in.
I am a Florida girl, and have lived in Florida most of my life. I have lived in central and Northern Florida and have actually never been to visit the Everglades. Growing up, the Everglades were a place of mystery and a little scary. I always thought it was just a complete swamp land full of vicious alligators and crocodiles that would eat you up if you came close to them. Now that I am older, and am teaching my own children about nature, animals and habitats I am very intrigued. I think a trip to visit the Everglades is in our future and can be a great learning experience for our kids.
Fun Facts About the Florida Everglades:
- The Everglades is actually a river that is in constant motion, it is not really a swamp.
- It is the only place in the world where crocodiles and alligators live together in a natural habitat.
- The Everglades is home to 16 endangered species, such as the Florida panther, the crocodile and the wood stork. It is a safe haven for these endangered and threatened species.
- It provides drinking water for over 7 million Floridians.
- The Everglades covers about 1.5 million acres of land.
- The maximum depth of water is 9 feet, but is more like 4-5 feet of shallow water. This is why airboats are the most common transportation for tourists that visit the Everglades.
- There are close to 70 varieties of mosquitoes that live here. Wear lots of bug spray if you ever visit!
FREE Animals of the Everglades Printables:
Geography and Climate of the Everglades:
The Everglades is a slow moving river that trickles from the north to south from Lake Okeechobee. It is 60 miles wide and a hundred miles long. 50% of this wetland h has been destroyed by construction and water drainage projects. It covers over 1.5 million acres of land. It is also the only subtropical wetland ecosystem in North America. There are only 2 seasons in the Everglades. A wet and a dry season. These only vary in temperatures of about 10 degrees, making it warm and tropical weather no matter the time of year.
Websites and Articles about the Animals of the Everglades:
Alligators are a very special part of the everglades, and help keep it alive during dry spells. Find out more about alligator holes, and how alligators are the “keepers of the Everglades” in this fun post by Ben and Me. – Alligators of the Everglades Field Trip
If you enjoy “birding”, you will have a wonderful time learning about the Birds of the Everglades. Ben and Me shares their experience seeing these magnificent birds, with lots of information and cute photographs!
National Park Service Everglade Birds – Learn about the wading birds of the Everglades and download a free Everglades bird checklist.
Everglades Birding Bird List – This is a large list of birds that can be found in the Everglades. You can click each bird for photographs and more information.
American Alligator Ecology and Monitoring the Comprehensive Everglades Restoration Plan – information about the american alligator with lots of photographs and its role in the Everglades.
Animals of the Everglades National Park – learn about how to best view the wildlife, with information and photos about animals you may see while visiting the park.
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