Everglades Adventure: Little known facts about the Florida Everglades
Grab a guidebook, it will tell you where to go, what to look for, what roads to take and what pit stops to stretch your legs at in the Florida Everglades. Our guides can help you decide on things to do or see in the area, internet reviews can guide you and recommendations from friends can also help you make the most of your trip.
Regardless of all of the amazing sources you can utilize to make your adventure into the everglades the most worthwhile, isn’t it exciting when you come across an interesting fact or stumble upon some thought-provoking information when you least expect it? Here are a few little known facts to jump-start your expedition into the Everglades.
- The Everglades is a World Heritage Site and an International Biosphere Reserve.
- Native Americans living in and around the river called it a Pahayokee, meaning “grassy waters”.
- There are 36 protected species that live inside the park, including the American crocodile, snail kite, West Indian manatee, Cape Sable seaside sparrow, Florida panther and four varieties of sea turtles.
- The Everglades is the only place in the world where the American Alligator and the American Crocodile co-exist in the wild.
- There are no underground springs in the Everglades — unlike the rest of Florida. Instead, a huge reservoir called the Floridian Aquifer lies roughly 1,000 feet down. Water into the Everglades is primarily through rainfall, as the main supply of water from Lake Okeechobee has been altered.
- Today’s Everglades National Park is less than 50% of what existed of the ‘Glades before all the drainage efforts started.
- Mosquitos play a vitally important link in the Everglades food chain. The larvae of grown mosquitos provide food for a variety of native fish that are critical to the diet of wading birds.