Florida Swamps and the Everglades
The Florida Everglades and swamps are well known as Florida’s subtropical wilderness, yet, other than the name and general location, it remains a mystery to most travelers, and one of Florida’s best kept secrets. With unique vegetation and exciting wildlife, the Florida Everglades is amazing to see in person. The ecosystem reaches from the Kissimmee River to Lake Okeechobee, where waters from the lake slowly move south toward Florida Bay.
Four amazing facts about the Florida swamps and wetlands:
No. 1: The swamps are a river
While it is often described as a swamp or forested wet-land, the Everglades is actually a very slow-moving river. The Everglades is actually a river that’s constantly moving. Water trickles from north to south forming a slow moving river that’s sixty miles wide and a hundred miles long.
No. 2: There are nine ecosystems providing homes for threatened or endangered species
The Florida panther and the crocodile are just two of the endangered animals the Everglades ecosystem protects. But with nine distinct habitats, the Everglades is also home to over 16 species of birds, a variety of mammals, reptiles, plants and scores of unique flora.America’s wetland is spectacular for sure, and a fantastic learning environment for adventurous families, photographers and nature enthusiasts.
No. 3: It’s the only place in the world where alligators and crocodiles coexist
Crocodiles and alligators belong to a group of reptiles called crocodilians, which are the largest of the living reptiles. Of the 23 different species of crocodilians in the world, 2 species are native to the United States, and south Florida is the only place where both of these species coexist
No. 4: It provides drinking water for millions of Floridians
Aside from providing shelter and protection for scores of wildlife, the Everglades is an important asset to humans as well and one out of every three Floridians rely on the Everglades for drinking water.
One of the best ways to experience Florida’s beautiful natural paradise of swamps, marshes and incredible is to emerge yourself in it with a family friendly airboat ride to tour this one of a kind paradise. With an airboat tour you and your family can safely get up close and be immersed in Florida’s swamp wildlife.