Everglades Ecosystems

Everglades: Ponds, Sloughs, Prairies, Marshes, Swamps, and Hammocks

We in the Florida Everglades have many different names for what outsiders might refer to as simply “a swamp.” Each ecosystem’s uniqueness starts with the the water and level type of vegetation. Here are several common ones: Pond – Deeper water, less vegetation. Slough (pronounced “slew”) – Free-flowing channels of water, about 3 feet (0.9 meters) deeper than sawgrass marshes. …

Birdwatching in the Everglades

Are you a birdwatcher? Did you know over 350 species of birds have been spotted in the Everglades? John James Audubon himself commented on how the large number of birds in South Florida would “block out the light from the sun” when they flew overhead. If you come to the Everglades to see birds, we’ve got a great free resource …

Florida Panther

Are There Florida Panthers in the Everglades?

There are Florida panthers in the Everglades, but did you know fewer than 100 wild panthers live in all of south Florida today? That number is up from about 20 in the 1970s, but the species is still endangered. If you’d like to learn more about Florida panthers, these pages are a great start:

12 Things You Should Know about Alligators and Everglades Wildlife

If you’re curious about alligators and other wildlife in the Everglades, you’re in luck! We’ve put together 12 interesting things you might want to know. Whether you’re thinking about vacationing in the Everglades or looking things up after you’ve already been there, you’ll find these blog posts informative: What Is an Alligator? What’s the Difference between Alligators and Crocodiles? How …

12. Mammals in the Everglades

Wild pig. Photo courtesy of Flickr user minds-eye. If you decide to enjoy a tour through the amazing Florida Everglades, you won’t be the only mammal out there! There are more than forty species of mammals that inhabit Everglades National Park. However, many of these species are found in the drier habitats of forest and field, which are further east …

11. Burmese Pythons in the Everglades

Photo courtesy of Flickr user Tambako the Jaguar. You’ve probably heard recent stories in the news of extraordinarily large pythons in the Florida Everglades. You’re unlikely to see these snakes on an Everglades City airboat tour, since they’re primarily found in the areas much further east in the Everglades. However, with the recent epidemic of these exotic snakes in the Everglades, …