South Florida Rockland

Natalia Coelho and Melina Quiroscabrera


The South Florida Rockland, tropical the smell of fresh air with a bit of humidness.The amazing great tall trees that stand like great tall statues. The best example of the Pine rocklands, an ecosystem that once covered about 1,500 square kilometers is located at the southern tip of Florida above a limestone called the Miami Rock Ridge and along the lower Florida Keys. This place is government protected by the law, so this means the animals are safe and sound. Some of the endangered species are Key Deer, Kirtland's Warbler, Bald Eagle, Eastern Indigo Snake and the Florida Panther. Do you think fire is good or bad in this habitat? Well if you've said good then you are correct because the pine trees need to grow properly and if there wasn't fire the trees would be thick and overgrown. It would have been Hardwood hammock habitat. You could also go and explore this forest and go camping and many other things.

Abiotic and Biotic Factors

Abiotic Factors

Pine forests are in areas with permanent and fresh groundwater. Fire is a very important source for the pine forests. Some hammock trees such as gumbo limbo and mahogany also have to require openings from fire or other disturbances in order to regenerate. This area also has a ground filled up with limestone. It is usually 75 between 80 degrees almost everyday but the rainy days. This area also has fresh water underground and at the normal ground level.

Biotic Factors

There are bunches of animals and plants that surround this Pineland. All of these things help (in some way) the Pinelands. All of the animals live in their habitat while they are using the environment around them. All of the plants provide fresh air and food for the animals to eat. So all of these plants and animals have a purpose in their habitat which is the Pinelands.

Animals Such As:

  • Lower keys Marsh Rabbit
  • Big Cypress Fox Squirrel
  • Silver Rice, Lower keys Cotton Rat
  • Florida Black Bear
  • Key Vaca, Key West Racoon
  • Florida Panther
  • Key Deer
  • Northern Bobwhite quail
  • Swallow-tailed Kite bird
  • Bald Eagle
  • Southeastern American Kestrel bird
  • Mangrove Cuckoo
  • Hairy, Red-Cockaded Woodpecker
  • Gray Kingbird
  • Loggerhead Shrike
  • Black Whiskered Vireo
  • Brown-headed Nuthatch
  • Cuban Yellow Warbler
  • Eastern Meadowlark
  • Key Mud, Florida Box Turtle
  • Gopher Tortoise
  • Florida Keys Mole Skink
  • Lower Keys Brown, Rim Rock Crowned, Eastern Indigo, Eastern Diamondback, Key Ringneck, Lower Keys Ribbon Snake
  • Florida Tree snail
  • Robinsons Anomala Scarab Beetle
  • Atala, Miami Blue, Bartram's Hairstreak,Florida Leafwing butterfly

Water: Florida's Lifeblood

Usually a normal casual day would be around 75 degrees to 80 degrees. The way the Rocklands are, is humid in the air and a savannah type of place. But the water is used for the animals to drink and the trees to be refreshed again.

Food Web

This includes all of the Decomposers, Consumers, Producers and the Apex Predator. (Sorry I couldn't get pictures on the food web but you can kind of get the picture? Right?)
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Human Impacts on the Florida Rocklands

Bad Impact

The Humans use at least 53.96% of the Ecosystem and uses it for houses, stores and many other buildings. The part that is left of the Ecosystem is 56.06% and it might be gone by 2 decades. They could change their mind and create other property on the protected land or they just might break the law. The small neighborhood of animals is a small chance of most of them living.

Good Impact

There is a chance that some of the animals will survive for a long period of time. The animals at least have a home. The government knows that the animals are living there and it is protected. At least if a fire goes on in the habitat the trees actually need that so that isn't a problem at all (surprisingly).

Here is A Video On the South Florida Rocklands!!

Classification of The Florida Panther (ENDANGERED)

Domain: Eukaryote,

Kingdom: Animal,

Phylum: Chordate,

Class: Mammal,

Order: Carnivora,

Family: Felidae,

Genus: Puma,

Species: P. concolor