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About the Everglades
The Florida Everglades, located in southern Florida, is one of
the largest wetlands in the world. Several hundred years ago,
this wetlands was a major part of a 5,184,000 acre watershed
that covered almost a third of the entire state of Florida. The
Everglades consist of a shallow sheet of fresh water that rolls
slowly over the lowlands and through billions of blades of
sawgrass. As water moves through the Everglades, it causes
the sawgrass to ripple like green waves; this is why the
Everglades received the nickname "River of Grass."

Few places are as biologically rich as the south Florida
ecosystem. Nearly 45 species of mammals, including 10
marine forms, frequent the Everglades and related bays,
sounds, coastal estuaries and offshore waters. Hundreds of
species of fish and thousands of species of marine,
estuarine, and freshwater invertebrates ply the waters of the
ecosystem. More than 50 kinds of reptiles, including the
signature alligator and nearly 20 types of salamanders, frogs
and toads live in the wetlands, proving that south Florida is
crawling with strange creatures.

The Everglades is teeming with wildlife. Snail kites, peregrine
falcons, wood storks, bald eagles, short-tailed hawks,
smooth-billed , mangrove cuckoos, tree snails, manatees,
Alligators, American crocodiles, Florida panthers and Cape
Sable seaside sparrows are some of the rare fauna that
inhabit the Everglades and Florida Bay. Perhaps no other
animals represent the area's biological diversity and wealth
better than the birds. Almost 350 species, both temperate and
tropical, have been recorded.
Florida Panter
Cotton Mouth
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Purple Gallinue
White Ibis
American Blad Eagle