Interesting Truths About the Florida Everglades

About the Florida Everglades

The state of Florida has something no other state in the union has - the Everglades. An extraordinary collection of unique plants and animals, it's easy to see why families visit from all over the world to learn about the Florida Everglades. Journeying through the wetlands is an experience unlike any other, filled with one-of-a-kind vegetation and exciting wildlife. Are you interested in learning more? Here are a few truths about the Florida Everglades and how the ecosystem contributes to South Florida and beyond.

No. 1: The Everglades is Actually a River

You're not alone if this first fact surprises you. The Everglades is actually a moving river that trickles North to South from Lake Okeechobee. And it's pretty impressive - sixty miles wide and a hundred miles long. Dubbed the "River of Grass", the wetland is much smaller than in years past, and as much as fifty percent of the habitat has been altered by urban sprawl and drainage projects.

No. 2: Alligators and Crocodiles Live Harmoniously

Another surprising fact about the Florida Everglades is that it's the only place in the world where alligators and crocodiles coexist in the wild. Crocs prefer to stay close to the coastal areas, while gators can be seen inland, near freshwater. The incredible and diverse ecosystem provides a home to both.

No. 3: Fire Plays an Important Role In Everglades Health

As Floridians, we're used to the occasional Everglades fire, and during the dry season, they're actually quite common. Fire plays a critical role in maintaining the health of the system, and the wet, murky waters depend on it to clear the way for a complex system of interdependent ecosystems.

No. 4: 7 Million Floridians Rely On the 'Glades for Drinking Water

In addition to providing shelter and protection to scores of wildlife, the largest subtropical wetland in North America also keeps Floridians hydrated with clean, fresh drinking water. That's one out of every three Floridians!

America's wetland is extraordinary for sure, and the 'glades is the perfect learning environment for thrill-seeking families, outdoorsmen and photographers. If you're interested in journeying through the ecosystem, and learning more about the Florida Everglades, please visit Everglades Holiday Park in Fort Lauderdale for hour-long airboat tours, live alligator presentations and the once-in-a-lifetime chance to meet and greet with Florida's finest.

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