In Florida, there is a huge area of 9-million-acres of wet, swampy land, covered with tall saw grass. There are many slow moving streams of water and stretches of quicksand. This area is called the Florida Everglades. Many animals live in the Florida Everglades including poisonous snakes, panthers, bobcats, alligators, deer, otter, turtles, fish, birds. There are beautiful flowering plants.
Hammocks: Dotted here and there in the Everglades are pieces of firm ground positioned a few inches above the water. These firm pieces of ground are called hammocks. They are islands in the swamp. Hammocks vary in size from a footstep to an acre or more. Many support thick forests.
Waterways: Waterways run everywhere through the Everglades. Some waterways are only a few inches deep. Others are 3 or 4 feet deep.