Everglades National Park – it’s a huge wildness area in south Florida. We came there on a nice sunny day in February. The best time to see different species in the park is during the winter dry season. Alligators were everywhere all sizes and ages, from ten-inch babies to twelve-foot-long adults. They were swimming and just laying under the trees. No wonder this large reptile is also called the “king of Everglades”. Without the alligator the complicated ecosystem of the Park might not survive. During the dry season (December through April), alligators dig out pockets, or holes in the limestone. “Gator holes” are one of the few places in the park where there is standing water during the winter months. These holes become home to many insects, turtles, fish and wading birds. During the summer-wet season, these same animals are spread throughout the “river of grass”.
We were walking relatively close to alligators, so I was a “little bit” nervous, but a volunteer naturalist told us that we are not on their “menu”…†† Nevertheless I still tried to stay as far as possible.
In addition to the ever-present alligator there are over 50 species of reptiles found in the park, including twenty-six snakes, sixteen turtles, and several lizards.
One example of this incredible diversity is the Grass frog. It is the smallest frog in North America† and grows to no longer than 1.6 centimeters.†The flora of the Everglades is also incredibly various – you can see more than 1000 different plants: bromeliads, orchids, ferns, mosses and lichens.
The whole picture gives a feeling that you are in ancient times.†The Everglades is one of the few places in the world where you don’t see the interference of man in the harmony of nature.†
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