Florida is blessed with an exotic subtropical wilderness teeming with a vast array of animals, plant life and nine ecosystems – each with its own story. This video series is designed to combine education with entertainment to help connect people to the Florida Swamp and all swamp life in an effort to generate awareness and to save this natural treasure for future generations. Welcome to our Jungle. A real-life animal adventure, an incredible place, like no other place on the planet. Here in Florida, we call our jungle “The Swamp”. It is the largest subtropical wilderness in the United States and on the UNESCO Heritage List. An intricate system of subtropical wetlands, lakes, and rivers, originally covering more than 4,000 square miles (over 10,000 square kilometers) from The Headwaters of the Florida Everglades in Central Florida to the southern tip of Florida.
The River of Grass
The Everglades is actually a very slow-moving shallow river. It has been dubbed the “River of Grass” because of the sawgrass marsh dominates the river. In fact, the Native Americans living in the area called it Pahayokee, meaning the “grassy waters. There are nine diverse habitats found within the Greater Everglades Ecosystem that support a vast variety of animal and plant life that are not found anywhere else in the world.
King of the Swamp
The king of this watery jungle does not roar, except during mating season, however, they are big, they are fast, and they are quite frightening looking. Of course the king of the Florida Swamp is the American Alligator! This fascinating creature has been on earth for over 200 million years and has outlived the dinosaur. American alligators live about 50 years in the wild.
American Alligator Size
When the baby alligator hatches it measures about 6 to 8 inches (15 to 20 centimeters). The juveniles grow about a foot a year. Male alligators are larger than female alligators. The average adult size for a female is 8.2 feet (2.6 meters), and the average size for a male is 11.2 feet (3.4 meters). Exceptionally large males can reach a weight of nearly half a ton or 1,000 pounds (454 kilograms).
Discover the Spirit of the Swamp Airboat Tour
The best and safest way to get up close and personal with the American Alligator – the King of the Swamp is with an experienced, US Coast Guard Certified Captain on a private airboat tour of the swamp. During a swamp airboat tour you can experience a connection with exotic plant and wildlife while gliding through the beautiful, natural paradise of the Florida Swamp where you will come face to face with the beauty and beasts of Florida’s natural, one of a kind ecosystem.