7 things you didn’t know about the Everglades

Florida Everglades

In honor of the Florida Everglades turning 73 on Dec. 6, we are sharing seven things that might surprise you.

  1. The Everglades is the only place where crocodiles and alligators coexist.
  2. Not all species of mosquitos found in the Everglades are attracted to humans.
  3. Cacti and succulents are not just for deserts. You can find them in the Everglades, too!
  4. Fire is used as an ecosystem management tool in the Everglades.
  5. Th Everglades is the most significant breeding grounds for tropical wading birds in North America.
  6. The Everglades National Park is one of the only places on Earth where the critically endangered smalltooth sawfish gives birth.
  7. Lobsters are a protected species in the Everglades National Park.

For more information and facts on the Florida Everglades, visit the National Park Service website or check out their Instagram.

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