Are There Pythons in the Everglades?

 Are There Pythons in the Everglades?

The answer to this question is, yes! There are way too many pythons in the Everglades. In recent years, there has been an outbreak of Burmese pythons in Florida. Burmese pythons were originally from southeast Asia, and their presence has been established in the Everglades as a result of an accidental and/or intentional release by owners.

More than 2,000 pythons have been removed from the Everglades and surrounding areas in the past fifteen years. To capture and remove these pythons, the Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission use radio receivers to track the pythons. They are a threat to wildlife and other native predators, since they are not native to the area. Even though they aren’t native to the area and pose a threat to the species that are native to the Everglades, you still may have a chance of seeing a python while touring through the Everglades, so it is best to always be careful.

Here at Everglades Holiday Park, we do not typically encounter pythons, but if we do, you are safe inside the airboat always and our airboat captains know how to be cautious. Our airboat captains are experts at giving Everglades tours and can educate you on the non-native python threatening the Everglades.

At Everglades Holiday Park, you can embark on one of the best Everglades Tours in Florida. On one of our tours, you will get extremely close to animals like alligators, iguanas, egrets, fish, and perhaps a snake or two. Taking an Everglades tour will get you face-to-face with some of the most incredible wildlife in South Florida, and no matter how threatening or harmful some of the creatures might be, they are beautiful when seen on our airboat tour, in their environment, and safe.

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Sawgrass 101

Sawgrass 101

The Everglades is a massive preserve, composed of winding waterways, various landscapes, and thousands of different animals. Iconic images of the Everglades throughout time almost always display a natural scene, surrounded by the Everglades’ sawgrass prairies, but what exactly are these plants?

Sawgrass is a tall, slender plant that can reach up to ten feet high. It grows quickly and densely covers many parts of the Everglades banks. It is the most dominant plant found in the surrounding habitat. Sawgrass is famous for its sharp points that run along the edges of its leaves. These teeth can cut you upon contact – hence the name sawgrass. Tour guides at Everglades Holiday Park ensure that no one makes direct contact with the plant, also you will see plenty of it during your tour.

Because sawgrass thrives in water, it is often found in riverbanks throughout the United States. Sawgrass is most prevalent in wetlands, and is most famous for its presence in the Florida Everglades. With areas that are flooded for most of the year, sawgrass is built to withstand South Florida’s unique weather conditions, like downpours, wind, and heat.

Although sawgrass in the Everglades can harm the human hand, it is essential to life in the Everglades in many ways. Not only is it efficient at utilizing nutrients to sustain the health of its surrounding environment, but as it decays, it creates a healthy, organic soil called peat. It provides energy to migrating birds with its nutritious seeds, and provides safe shelter for animals like alligators.

To learn more about how sawgrass contributes to everyday life in the Everglades, embark on an airboat tour with Everglades Holiday Park. Our expert airboat captains will take you deep into the heart of the Everglades where sawgrass grows in abundance.

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