Awesome Things to See on Everglades Rides
The Florida Everglades are among the most unusual environments on Earth. The confluence of salt and fresh water and the tropical temperatures create the perfect conditions for animal and plant life that you won't see anywhere else in the world. One of the best ways to get a glimpse of the exotic and the beautiful that exist in the Everglades is to sign up for Everglades rides with one of the companies that provide Everglades private airboat tours. Here are just a few of the many unusual and exotic animals and plants you might encounter on Everglades airboat rides.
There's a good chance that you'll spot at least one alligator when you're traveling through the Everglades on an airboat ride. The ancient reptiles are a keystone species of the Glades, and are a major part of the ecosystem. The alligator holes they create provide an important refuge for aquatic organisms and contribute significantly to the ability of many smaller species to survive droughts and find food.
You'll see a lot of familiar mammals in the Everglades, including raccoons, possums, bobcats and deer, but if you're very lucky you may spot one of the most endangered Everglades species (there are only about 100 of them left) - the Florida panther. The beautiful feline lives in the uplands Everglades areas that are rarely accessed by public airboat tours, but if you choose one of the providers that offer private airboat tours on land that they own, you may just spot one.
The Everglades are populated by more than 100 marsh species of plants that live in the brackish waters year-round. The best known of these plants is the ever-present sawgrass, which has formed thousands of acres of marshes. In addition, there are many floating water plants, including white water lilies and maidencane. The trees of the Everglades most often grow in wetland tree islands and hardwood hammocks, where they provide an important home for mammals and birds that make the Everglades their home. The most common of the tree species found in these islands are cypress, by and willow. The warm, humid environment is also ideal for the development of bromeliads, orchids and ferns, and you're likely to see some of the most breathtaking specimens of orchids and tropical ferns that live in the United States.
This is just a small sampling of the plants and animals you're likely to encounter on Everglades rides that take you deep into the marshlands on the Florida peninsula. Spend some time getting to know the species before your trip and you'll appreciate the scenery even more than you'd ever expect.
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