At first sight the Everglades may look like an unending expanse of tall grass with the occasional island of trees.
But, nearly a million visitors a year come to enjoy this parks incredible biological diversity. Part grassland, part tropical swamp, it has been called the "river of grass."


An incredible variety of wildlife may be seen.

The Everglades is a bird watcher's paradise.

Large turtles plow through the grass in search of food. Darting, playful river otters peer at you. Fresh tracks of Florida panthers on the prowl can be seen in the soft mud. White-tailed deer browse at dusk. Raccoons, turtles, frogs alligators and an incredible variety of birds may all be seen in Florida's Everglades.

There is also life in abundance that is almost unseen by visitors to the Everglades. Frogs of many varieties sit camouflaged on leaves above ground, on lily pads, and on beautiful water hyacinths in man-made canals.

Crawling slowly among the aquatic plants are the apple snails, mollusks really,with gills and a simple lung. They can breathe both under and out of the water.
The shallow waters are teeming with crayfish, crabs, and fish. There are also a variety of snakes if you look closely. And insects like you will not see elsewhere.

Finally, there are the shallow waters and the golden saw grass. As far as you can see is this shimmering and glistening silent river of grass, sloping southward at less than two inches per mile Imperceptibly, without a noticeable current, the water is ever flowing slowly toward the sea. This is the Everglades.

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