What They are and How to Protect Them


Wetlands are areas of land that are saturate with water. They are dominated by plants and animals that thrive in moist, nutrient rich soil.

What are Swamps?

Description and Types

A swamp is a type of wetland that has thick vegetation on the ground and in the air via trees. Brush can be found on the bottom of the swamp in forms of small tress or shrubs. Also, there is commonly la trees that grow directly out of the water. An example of the trees found in swamps is the mangrove tree. There are also different types of swamps. Of these, freshwater and river swamps arr probably the most common.

How We Can Help Swamps

Swamps are being destroyed all over the world or the development of human structures. We need to protect the wetlands because each one provides a unique environment for unique or endangered species. Also, we are constantly polluting the air and water, which is harsh to the wetlands such as swamps. If we do not take care of these wetlands, we could lose some of the unique species that an only b found in areas like swamps.

Animals and plants in the Swamp

There is a very diverse amount of species found in swamps. Swamps are home to reptiles, amphibians, fish, birds, and many other plants. You will commonly find many species of frogs or turtles, snakes, birds, fish, and many different types of plants that thrive in the water of the swamp. In some swamps, you may encounter alligators and very large snakes.

Work Cited

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