The Everglades is a place of true peace in nature. It’s a perfectly balanced ecosystem. The water is calm, and a slight breeze from the ocean rolls over the sawgrass prairies and mangrove forests. The sun shines high above upon a cloudless blue backdrop that blends in with the water. The sawgrass rustles as an alligator swims out. This causes a flock of wood storks to fly away. Schools of fish dart away and a frog hunts a fly for its lunch. All while an Airboat Rides Fort Lauderdale tour passes by. As one of the largest wetlands on the entire planet, the Everglades is home to thousands of different animal species. These range from hundreds of bird species to polarizing reptiles and amphibians, to even several land creatures. While onboard an Airboat Rides Fort Lauderdale it’s not guaranteed that you’ll see a certain animal, however, you have a very high chance as we enter their environment.
Animals Of The Everglades
While on your Everglades tour with Airboat Rides Fort Lauderdale, you may stumble across some reptiles. Reptiles are typically associated with the Everglades due to the infamous king that has made the Everglades its castle: the American alligator. There are over 200,000 American alligators living within the Everglades. They can typically be seen sunbathing on small banks and logs or swimming alongside the boat. While they typically stick to the water, alligators may sometimes make their way onto land. Other major reptiles in the area include the several species of snakes, such as the Burmese python as well as the Florida Cottonmouth.
While nowhere near as prominent in the Everglades as their reptilian cousins, there are several amphibians that have made the “river of grass” their home. Frogs such as the pig frog swim among the fish and alligators. Other frogs stick to the trees, such as the Cuban treefrog, Green treefrog, and the Squirrel treefrog. There are also several toads that have managed to survive and thrive throughout the Everglades. While on an Airboat Rides Fort Lauderdale tour, you may come across some interesting looking amphibians, such as the Two-toed amphiuma. While it may have the body of a snake, it’s actually an amphibian with two small arms and two small legs.
One of the most interesting things about the Everglades is that it’s an ecosystem that receives both saltwater from the Gulf of Mexico, along with freshwater from the Florida Bay. This gives a wide range of fish the opportunity to call the Everglades their home. You have the opportunity of seeing several remarkable fish species, such as the great barracuda, bowfin, Everglades pygmy sunfish, crevalle jack, and so much more. You’ll see full schools of fish alongside the airboat as we cruise through during our Everglades tour.
Whether majestically gliding high in the sky or wading in the water right next to us, you’ll definitely see plenty of different birds. The Everglades is home to some truly beautiful birds, such as the great blue heron, great egret, and famous white ibis. Every single year, thousands of birds flock to the Everglades and call it home as the winter moves in.
Other common birds of the Everglades include the roseate spoonbill, snail kite, black vulture, and flamingos. We assure you that while onboard one of our Everglades tours, you’re bound to come across some of the most incredible birds the world has ever seen.
The Everglades is known for being predominantly water, but there are patches of land where mammals are able to walk around and exist. You’ll find everything from deer to rabbits to even domesticated dogs and cats roaming the Everglades. However, there’s only one animal as polarizing as the American alligator within the Everglades: the Florida Panther. Less than 100 Florida panthers still live in the Everglades, however, they’re still kings of their own backyard. Florida panthers can weigh up to 160 pounds and mainly hunt the deer that live in the area. Other mammals in the Everglades include the Black bear and Red fox.
Experience The Everglades Up Close And Personal With Airboat Rides Fort Lauderdale
The Everglades is a remarkable ecosystem that truly embodies the best aspects of nature. When onboard an Airboat Rides Fort Lauderdale Everglades tour, it’s important to remember that we’re in their home, and we have to treat it with the utmost respect. If you ever have any questions regarding a particular animal, your captain will be able to provide an answer along with any other interesting knowledge they may have about it. If you’re interested in seeing the remarkable animals of the Everglades, call Airboat Rides Fort Lauderdale at +1 (954) 338-4890 or visit our contact page today.