Swamps

Nathan Sosa and Brayden Duran

Swamp Description

A swamp is a wetland that is forested. Many swamps occur along large rivers where they are critically dependent upon natural water level fluctuations. Usually you would hear crickets and other insects and animals. In a swamp it is very humid from the water and the sun. Other swamps occur on the shores of large lakes. There are two major classes of swamps, depending on the type of vegetation, the two are shrub swamps and forested swamps. Shrub swamps are found in Northern and Southern Florida while the Mangrove swamp is a type of shrub swamp found typically in southern Florida. There are three endangered species in swamps that are the Florida panther, wood stork, and the southern bald eagle. The reason why the florida panther is endangered because of habitat loss. The wood stork is endangered because of pollution. The southern bald eagle is endangered because of pesticides. The interesting about our ecosystem is how the animals work together example, the alligator opens its mouth and a bird come is and cleans it.

Animals

The animals that live in swamps are Alligator, american alligator, anaconda, bald eagle, beaver, black bear, bobcat, caiman, capybara, common egret, copepod, cougar, coypu, crane, crayfish, downy woodpecker, dragonfly, earthworm, fish, flamingo, fly, frog, great blue heron, great egret, mosquito, muskrat, Newt, Nutria, pond skater or water strider, raccoon, redtailed hawk, red wolf, river otter, scorpion, shrimp, snail, snapping turtle, spectacled caiman, spider, toad, white tailed deer, and zooplankton.

Plants

Some of the plants and trees that live in swamps are bladderwort, butterfly orchid, duckweed, cattails, milkweed, bromeliads, water lilies, mangrove, alligator weed, hackberry, water tupelo, water hickory, water elm, arrowhead, red maple, pin oak, cypress, dogwood, buttonbush, water elm, willow, swamp rose, and groundsel tree.

Abiotic

A swamp is wetland dominated by woody plants. On top of the water there is usually moss. A swamp is an area of low lying, uncultivated ground where water collects. Conifer swamps, Hardwood swamps, Shrub swamps, Cypress swamps, and Okefenokee Swamp. The water of a swamp may be fresh water, brackish water or seawater.

Biotic

Some endangered species depend on the ecosystem such as the sun, temperature, air, rocks, soil, water, peat, and plant litter. Plants in a swamp often compete for sunlight, nutrients, water, and space to grow.

Food Web

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Human Impacts

Swamps were previously considered to be wastelands that provide breeding grounds for disease carrying insects. Which means that the swamps which are known considered a wetland, but have been cleared up and turned into farms or houses on stranded places. The sad part about it is that we as humans depend on the fish and water that come to the swamps to be able to survive. The more the swamps clear out the more chances of the animals of the biome will decrease and go into extension which would hurt our chances of living because we need some of the nutrients from those types of animals such as fish, to live. People sadly pollute in these beautiful (well was beautiful) swamps to lead to animals thinking the pollution as food and end up choking to death or being poisoned to death.

Scientific Classification of a Black Bear

Domain: Ursus Americanus

Kingdom: Animal

Phylum: Chordata

Class: Mammalia

Subclass: Theria

Infraclass: Eutheria

Order: Carnivora

Suborder: Fissipedia

Family: Ursidae

Subfamily: Ursinae

Genus: Ursus

Subgenus: Euarctos

Species: Americanus

Endangered species Florida Panther (extra credit)

The florida panther described as a big cat are 6 to 7 feet long. Their body is entirely covered in beige fur. They live in wetlands, swamps, upland forests and stands of saw palmetto. The reason why the florida panther is endangered because of habitat loss. Although it is against the law, hunters still shoot florida panthers. The government is protecting these panthers by state habitat.
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