The Florida Everglades offer a very unique environment for a variety of wildlife as it spans about 13,000 square miles of many different habitats.
The Florida Everglades is home to a wide variety of wildlife. This is where the alligator makes its home. The Everglades offer a subtropical environment with only two distinct seasons. The wet season is one of them that brings very heavy rainfall with a warm and humid climate. Hurricanes often sweep through the area causing extensive damage. Winter is the dry season where the is no rain and the water levels are shallow. With the growing population in Florida, much of the water in the Everglades is diverted to the population. This has been known to cause great danger to the wildlife living in the Everglades.
It was in the year 1947 when the Everglades National Park originated. This park
spans an area of about 2,020 square miles and it is located in the southern part of the Everglades. Some of the endangered species of the Everglades include the Florida Panther, the Manatee, the Cape Sable Sparrow, the Peregrine Falcon and the green Sea Turtle.
It is where the Everglades meet the Florida Bay that creates the mangrove swamp. It is a group of tiny islands that are surrounded by mangrove trees. This area plays a very important role in protecting the coast from powerful storms. The mangrovbe swamp is rich with mullet, snapper, stone crans, spiny lobsters, and a variety of large birds. One of these birds that make their home in the Everglades is the official Louisiana state bird called the Brown Pelican. The Brown Pelican was once on the endangered species list in the 70s, but that is not the case now as the Brown Pelican is no longer endangered.
The pine forests of the Everglades contain about 30 species of native plants. White-tailed deer and the raccoon make their home here. Tall saw grasses grow to about 12 feet high. There is a river that is about 50 miles wide during the summer season. This river flows south straight to the sea and travels right through this tall saw grass.
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